IGPS at the Clare Garden Festival

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A photo of the Irish Garden Plant Society stand at Clare Garden Festival today.

Bruno Nicolai had an IGPS stand at the Clare Garden Festival today – as well as presenting a talk to those attending.

A great day was had, with lots of requests for an IGPS branch to be set up in the west.

If there is anybody interested in helping set up a branch in the west, we would love to hear from you.


A Woodland Garden


A large group of IGPS members made their way to Co. Meath on Saturday, 23rd of April. We were blessed with good weather, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the visit. The woodland was planted with a great mixture of native spring flowers and choice woodland plants with an imaginative uses of ivy as ground cover. Photographs from […]


IGPS at Fota Plant Fair.

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    There was a huge attendance at the Plant Fair at Fota Island on Sunday, 17th April, and the IGPS had a presence there, sharing a stand with Blarney Castle Gardens to both promote the upcoming Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July and to promote the IGPS itself. Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson […]


A Visit to David Ledsham’s Garden – 9th March

Primula megaesifolia

It was a testimony to David Ledsham’s garden that we enjoyed it enormously despite poor weather conditions. We met with so many beautiful plants, so well cultivated, that is was a joy from beginning to end. Hellebore, trilliums and primulas were especially fabulous. Here are just a few photographs of plants which caught the eye. […]


Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’ An Irish cultivar presumed extinct – alive and well

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Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’   An Irish cultivar presumed extinct – alive and well   Narcissus ‘Countess of Annesley’, a late nineteenth century, large early-flowered daffodil that originated at Castlewellan in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and long presumed extinct, has recently been found alive and well in a number of Irish gardens. The discovery was […]


The Lismacloskey Garden at the Ulster Folk Museum

The Rectory with a pair of Irish junipers either side of the central path.

The volunteers at Lismacloskey Garden at the Ulster Folk Museum near Belfast are busy getting the garden back into shape after a very wet but mild winter. The weather obviously suited the Irish Primroses introduced by the Fitzgerald Nursery in recent years as they are putting on a great show in the long bed leading […]


Dedication of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ – Tuesday, 28th June

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Dedication of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ This dedication is taking place at the National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin. It is a free event organised by the Office of Public Works(OPW) and we would like to see a good number of IGPS attend on the day.  Tuesday, 28 June 2016 from 14:00 to 16:00 AT […]


‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’


‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’, in association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.  The Northern Area Committee’s Spring Lecture, ‘New and Exciting Herbaceous Perennials from around the World’ with Jimi Blake’, in association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, was an entertaining and inspiring guide through Jimi’s favourite […]


Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: Place a Pre-publication order now! €25

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The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces in a project titled Plandaí Oidhreachta, which celebrates our Heritage Plants. It highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the beauty of botanical illustration. In late 2016, the end product of the collaboration will be an exhibition […]


Oliver Schurmann – ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’

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A Report from Adam Whitbourn on Oliver Schurmann’s IGPS Munster lecture  ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’on Tue 1st March. Oliver gave an extremely interesting and informative lecture. His passion and knowledge of plants and great eye for design were evident throughout. He described his formative days of training in Germany where he first […]


Ulster Garden Scheme 2016 – with IGPS Members Involved

Mary and Berkley Farr with Charles Stewart

In Northern Ireland the very active Ulster Gardens Scheme raises money for local National Trust gardens each year through a series of open gardens. This year eight gardens will open for a day or two days over a weekend at their peak season while another 15 are open by appointment between April and October. As […]


Richard Baines talk in Belfast

Marion Allen and Victor Henry admiring some of the foliage from Logan brought by the speaker, Richard Baines.

About 30 members from the Northern region attended the lecture by Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden, organised by the Alpine Garden Society on Saturday. Logan which is situated just across the North Channel on the Mull of Galloway is one of the four gardens which go to make up the Royal Botanic Garden, […]


Bruno Nicolai talking at the National Botanic Gardens

Bruno Nicolai talk at Bots Nov 2015



Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon in Cork There was a big attendance for Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork on the 3rd of November. Well done to all on the Munster Committee for their work in preparation for the event and on the evening itself.


Leinster Plant Sale

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The Leinster Plant Sale was a great success.  Many thanks to those who organised the event, the volunteers who arrived to help out and the many visitors who came for the plants. This is an annual event where members bring along plants they have propagated and offer them for sale both to other members and […]


IGPS Northern Region – Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens

A great day at the IGPS Plant Sale at Rowallane - with Billy McCone and Barbara Kelso (Plant Sale Organiser) at the stall and ready for action.
And, by all accounts, there was great action with good weather, a good attendance and big sales.

Many thanks to Maeve Bell for photographs and captions!


A “Thank You” to Yvonne Penpraze

Left to right in the photograph: Billy McCone, Maeve Bell, Victor Henry, Yvonne Penpraze, Roz Henry, Lorna Goldstrom, Maureen Reid and Barbara Kelso.

Yvonne Penpraze has been Chairperson of the Northern Region’s committee for the last four years and the incoming Chairperson, Maeve Bell, hosted an afternoon get-together at her garden to thank her for all her work and her contribution to the society. Yvonne’s parting event was the organising of our Annual General Meeting in Co. Donegal […]


Leinster Branch Summer Lunch 2015

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Leinster Branch Summer Lunch This is one of the favourite events of the summer programme for the Leinster members and this year was no exception with visits to Kilmurry Nursery (Paul & Orla Woods) and to The Bay Gardens (Iain and Frances McDonald). There was a warm welcome at both gardens and the travellers were […]


Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’

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This photograph is from Victor and Roz Henry’s garden. This is the plant of Dahlia‘Matt Armour’ which they (and all who attended) the Annual General Meeting at Glenveagh Castle Gardens received from Sean O Gaoithin, Head Gardener at Glenveagh. Victor and Roz are the first to report having it in flower. A fabulous plant and a […]


IGPS Munster Plant Sale at Blarney in Bloom 2015

IGPS at Blarney Castle 2015