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Lecture: Tue 2nd Dec @ 8:00pm, SMA Hall, Wilton, Cork.

“Growing on the Edge” by Mark Collins

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Mark is a professional Scientist and passionate collector of rare and unusual plants. In partnership with his wife Laura, Mark has transformed a 2.5 acre derelict farmyard into a botanical garden with thousands of exciting and difficult to find plants.
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Their Dhu Varren Garden in Co. Kerry has been described by Jimi Blake of Huntington Brook Garden as “One of the most exciting and fascinating new gardens in Ireland”. The presentation will illustrate the development of the garden over the past 14 years, describe some of the plants and their cultivation and future plans for the garden.
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Mark will be selling some rare and unusual plants on the night.

We’ll also have our fun plant raffle and lots of scrumptious festive treats!

Another great evening not to be missed.
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Read a report
on the recent talk at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin 
Darren Topps, Head Gardener at Lismore Castle will speak on the gardens – past, present and future plans.
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Read an interview with Jane Powers on her new book which is due out in April next.
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We have set up a blog page for the IGPS so come and visit.
It would be wonderful to have material for the blog from members so if you are inclined to write drop me a line: pmtobin AT eircom.net
There’s a “Follow WordPress.com” button on the right of this page – click it, enter your e-mail address and you will get a notification each time a new post is added to the blog.
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There’s a new post on our blog:
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 BLOOM 2014

A big occasion on the Irish gardening calendar

Take a tour of the show via our links below.

  • Visit the Floral Marquee to see fabulous displays
  • See the Large Gardens including the Best in Show, The Renault Zoe Garden designed by Kevin Dennis
  • Move on to the Medium Gardens which includes “Tús Nua” by Cian Hawes, the winner of the Super Garden
  • The Small Gardens include Orla Wood’s so funny “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie Garden”
  • The Postcard Gardens include the wonderful garden of the Alpine Garden Society of Ireland as well as that of Blarney Castle.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – VISIT TO MALAHIDE CASTLE GARDENS

On Sunday afternoon we visited the gardens at Malahide Castle and were delighted to be brought around the gardens by Anne James as Anne had been at Malahide for many years and was a font of information on the plants and the history of the gardens.

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Click on the PDF link below to view photographs and notes.

IGPS AGM 2024 GARDEN VISIT MALAHIDE CASTLE

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Garden Visit 2

IGPS AGM 2014 Garden Visit 2 photo

Our second garden of our AGM weekend was also in Howth, a garden beautifully laid out and containing an interesting selection of plants.

Open the PDF file below to view photographs and notes:

IGPS AGM 2014 GARDEN 2

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Garden Visit 1

AGM 2014 Garden Visit !

The programme of garden visits which are part of the AGM weekend are a great attraction for members and are always greatly enjoyed. This year our first visit of the weekend was to a particularly special garden on Howth Head, Co. Dublin.

You can view an account of our visit to this garden in the PDF link below.

AGM 2014 GARDEN VISIT 1

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36 past issues of our Newsletter have been added in pdf format. 

Check under “Publications” – “Newsletter”

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‘Moorea’ is the journal of the Irish Garden Plant Society. It has been published occasionally over the years as suitable material was available. We are delighted to have Volume 16 to hand and this has been posted to all current members in the last week.

In this issue:

  • Belinda Jupp: Reviving a Late Eighteenth Century Town Garden (N0. 63 Merrion Square, Dublin)
  • Brendan Sayers, Charles Nelson and Alexandra Caccamo: Phaius tankervilleae (Banks Ex L’Her) Blume- An Early Orchid Portrait by Lydia Shackleton
  • Seamus O’ Brien: In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – A Sikkim Adventure.
  • Mary Forrest: Hooker Rhododendrons – Irish Interest in the 1850s
  • Carmel Duignan:  Aristocratic Ivies – Some Noble Cousins of the Humble Ivy.
  • Noeleen Smyth:  Global and National Strategies for Plant Conservation and their Implications for Public, Private and Botanic Gardens.
  • Seán Ó Gaothaín: An Overview of the History of Glenveigh Castle Gardens.

Note: ‘Moorea’ is free to members and is generally not available to non-members though we expect to have a small number available for sale by summer. This will be announced on this website.

Volumes 1 – 15 are available as PDFs on this website under “Publications” above.

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  • Past issue of Moorea: All past issues of Moorea, the society’s journal, are available here on the website – check “Publications” above
  • New Members are always welcome and easy with our Quick web payment for Memberships and Renewals » Of course, you can always come along to one of our events and join the society at the same time if it would be more convenient for you.

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