Nick Macer in Northern Ireland

Recently 70 IGPS members and friends were wowed with ideas for new plants for their gardens by Nick Macer of Pan-Global Plants when he spoke at Antrim Old Courthouse. Even better, almost all the plants he talked about were relatively hard and capable of surviving our winters outdoors.


Nick Macer with Neal Porteous and Victor Henry at Mount Stewart Gardens.

Nick Macer with Victor Henry looking at some of the wonderful plants at Mount Stewart recently

Nick Macer with Victor Henry looking at some of the wonderful plants at Mount Stewart recently

Nick was himself wowed by a visit to Mount Stewart where he was shown round by Neil Porteous, the Head of Gardens there; Victor Henry and Maeve Bell were lucky enough to accompany them. We saw fabulous autumn colour combinations in the Italian Garden, the autumn hues of the Sunk Garden, rare and unusual specimens including the tall, multi-headed Cordyline indivisa, and the new collections of ferns and Rhododendron maddenii.






Text and photographs from Maeve Bell. 

Nick Macer – “Confessions of a Plant Freak”


Nick Macer’s recently delivered his talk “Confessions of a Plant Freak” to IGPS members in Northern Ireland. Beforehand he visited the garden of our members David and Janet Ledsham where he admired some of the birches which David had grown from seed and Eucryphia moorei which was in full bloom.     In the afternoon […]


Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore


IGPS  Munster organised a late season outing to the Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Tramore, Co. Waterford on Saturday, 15th October. There was a good attendance, reasonable weather, an excellent guided tour and a day that was enjoyed by all who attended. Many thanks to Margaret McAuliffe who took on the role of  photographer for the […]


Plant Sale – IGPS Leinster at Trinity Botanic Gardens, Dartry


The most popular event of the year is the annual plant sale organised by IGPS Leinster which has been held for the past few years at the Trinity College Botanic Gardens in Dartry. It is an opportunity to purchase plants which are quite rare and generally not available in the trade as well as special […]


Plant Sale, Saturday 15th

Anemone nemerosa 'Robinsoniana', one of the Irish heritage plants available at the Plant Sale next Saturday

Plant Sale on Saturday next – see Fixtures for full details – look to the right column here. Come along early and you could get one of these Irish heritage plants. They are in very small supply so it is a case of first come, first served. Good plant hunting!   Agapanthus ‘Kilmurry Blue’ Agapanthus […]


The Planters’ Seminar at Mount Stewart


About 30 IGPS members formed part of the audience for the Planter’s Seminar at Mount Stewart Garden, Co Down over the weekend at which Dan Hinkley, Roy Lancaster and Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones talked about the special plants they have seen while exploring remote areas. As part of the seminar Neil Porteous, the Head Gardener, […]


Plant Sale at Rowallane


Photographs from the Irish Garden Plant Society Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, Northern Ireland today. It was a wet day but the society members turned out in force and had a good day. 


Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Gloxinia sylvatica 'Glasnevin Jubilee' by Heather Byers

Would you like to purchase our upcoming book: “Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta?   Here’s the link:                 PURCHASE ONLINE!  


Glenarm Castle Gardens, August 2016

Hot border. Herbaceous border filled with bright reds, pinks, oranges and yellows throughout the season; from tulips and peonies in early summer to bright dahlias and penstemons later in the season. Barbara Kelso

The Northern group of the IGPS organised a visit to Glenarm Castle Gardens in Co. Antrim and had almost 50 members and friends in attendance on what proved to be a most enjoyable tour of a really stunning garden. This is an historic site dating to about 1820 with strong design elements, fabulous herbaceous colour […]


Helen’s Bay Walled Garden – A Venture in Vegetables 

Ulster Folk Museum Head Gardener Andy Bingham , Lorraine Small, owner of the walled garden at Helen's Bay and Maeve Bell, Chairperson of IGPS North.

IGPS member and plants woman Lorraine Small has taken on a challenge in restoring a 4 acre walled garden in Helen’s Bay, County Down. Barely one year into the project the garden is already supplying some of Belfast’s top restaurants and selling at local markets.   Her Head gardener David Cameron brings a wealth of experience […]


IGPS Munster has a New Lecture Venue

Northridge House SMALL

We are very excited to tell you we are moving to Northridge House in Blackrock. There is plenty of onsite parking, the building is fully wheelchair accessible, has comfy seats, a sound system, air conditioning, and best of all, tea and coffee making facilities. Northridge House (at St. Luke’s Home), Castle Rd, Mahon, Cork For […]


Blarney in Bloom 2016: The Forgotten Garden


This project, to build a garden highlighting Irish heritage plants, raising awareness of them, of the trail of Irish heritage plants at Blarney Castle Gardens and of the IGPS was led my Rory Newell and overseen by Adam Whitbourn, with many Blarney staff helping out in it’s design, construction and planting, in their own free time. It […]


Visit to Victor & Roz Henry’s Garden

Victor Henry greeting the visitors as all admire the wonderful delphiniums.

We had a very enjoyable visit to Victor and Roz Henry’s garden in Newtownards yesterday despite the most unseasonable weather – heavy downpours, gusts of wind which caused the gazebo for the plant sale to lift off, and a temperature of about 12*C. But IGPS members and their friends are a hardy lot and made […]


The Ceremonial Planting of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ at the War Memorial Gardens.

Peter Acton with his daughter Gemma Acton accepting Escallonia 'C. F. Ball'

The National War Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War. They are in a wonderful setting, along the River Liffey, and adjacent to the Phoenix Park. Escallonia ‘C F Ball’ is named for Charles Frederick Ball, who was killed at Gallipoli […]


A Visit to Hillsborough Castle Gardens, June 2006

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      IGPS members visited Hillsborough Castle House and Garden on the 4th June. The House was built in the 1770s by Wills Hill 1st Marquis of Downshire and was remodelled in the 1800s and then again in the 20th century. It passed to the British Goverment in 1922 and is now the official […]


The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

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Here’s some photos from Barbara Kelso of a recent IGPS visit to the Lismacloskey Rectory Garden, at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, a few miles east of Belfast.  The sun shone, the garden was looking fantastic and all had a wonderful morning. Just a little on the background of the garden: The garden […]


Our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork.


Many thanks to the Munster committee of the IGPS who organised our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork. It was a great success and enjoyed by all. Our first garden visit of the weekend was to Blarney Castle Gardens where we had a range of wonderful guided tours and this set the tone of the […]


A “Thank You” to Martin Edwardes


To mark Martin Edwarde’s ten years on the Munster committee of the IGPS Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson of the IGPS Munster committee, made this presentation at the AGM dinner in Blarney    


IGPS Stand at Russborough

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There was a big turnout for the Rare and Special Plant Sale at Russborough House today and the IGPS had a stand there with Stephen Butler, Ricky Shannon and Kirsten Walker meeting people and promoting the IGPS. Mary and I dropped in to say “Hello”  


Lismacloskey Daffodils

Narcissus 'Lemon Cocktail'

Ireland and particularly the north of Ireland has a fine reputation for breeding daffodils and the garden at Lismacloskey Rectory in the Ulster Folk Museum, which is planted and maintained by volunteers from the IGPS and the Museum, now has a collection of almost 40 different cultivars. The chilly spring this year has meant their […]