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Worth a Read?

Fiann O Nualláin’s book, “The Holistic Gardener”, gives a list of first aid treatments which we can make from the plants in our gardens and other to-hand materials.  There are the usual suggestions for nettle burns and wasp stings along with suggestions for potions for relaxation and general wellbeing with some recipes to tempt our taste buds. Do any of these remedies work? I certainly can’t vouch for them except that nettle sting can be treated with dock as I recall from childhood. I also recall treating warts with the “milk” of the milkweed and it was somewhat effective. Should I view their inclusion in the book as an indication that the other suggestions are equally effective? I am not sure and not convinced and find the lack of any bibliography, quoted authority or any references somewhat undermines the credibility of the book.

Perhaps the book fits, with television gardening programmes and gardening magazines, into the category of horticultural entertainment and will be read by most as such. It is pleasant to feel we are in touch with nature, that we can cure many common ailments with commonly available materials and be reassured that our general wellbeing will be enhanced through this contact even if only by reading about it. Such pleasant self-delusion is perfectly harmless as I have no doubt are the remedies in this book.

So, I have read the book; it was interesting and pleasant but I know I will not be turning its pages again and will continue to rely on my family doctor and mainstream treatments for whatever ills may come my way.  If you are interested in this topic you might like to view the author’s blog at http://theholisticgardener.com/

Published by The Mercier Press and priced at €12.99

Paddy Tobin

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IGPS MEMBERS’ GARDEN IS BLOOMING MARVELLOUS.
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Victor and Roz Henry have just won the Belfast Telegraph’s “Blooming Marvellous” competition in the “Large Urban Garden” category which brought with it a £1,000 prize.
Well done to Victor and Roz!
Initially, Victor and Roz had to submit a set of photographs and a written description of their garden. This led to their garden being short listed for a visit from the judges, Averil Milligan, Head Gardener at Rowallane and garden designer, Trevor Edwards. The judges were impressed and reported as follows in the Belfast Telegraph:
Averil said: “There was an exotic feel even before entering this garden as colourful plants bordered the gravel and spilled out of pots. The gate immediately took your eye up to a pergola above and wooden shelving on a wall giving vertical elements immediately in a clever way.“Beyond the luscious lawn a decking area awaited with a pond behind. The eye is drawn around the site by a soft blue palette of wooden structures, glass or plants.“A gate leads onto a path of crunchy gravel leading to a summerhouse. The unusual planting complemented the whole garden, softening edges and creating a sense of surprise throughout.”Trevor added: “Roz and Victor Henry’s garden was a charming, intimate experience filled with many choice shrubs and plants framed within a number of well-structured compartments.The report in the newspaper also carried an interview with Victor which you may wish to view.Congratulations to Victor and Roz and every enjoyment with their prize.

 

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IGPS MUNSTER AT BLARNEY IN BLOOM

The Munster branch of the IGPS had a fantastic day at Blarney in Bloom . A huge thank you to Blarney Castle & Gardens, to those who donated plants and books, lent furniture, volunteered their time, and to all those who came by to say hello. Well done everyone!

This year we moved our annual plant sale to Blarney in Bloom and at it was a major success. We were amazed with the unbelievable amount of rare and unusual, good quality plant donations from members. Set up began at 8am, and 7 members took turns volunteering on a 2hrly rota. We were kept busy from start until finish with people buying our plants and books, and making enquiries about the society. Many customers left with membership forms, with one person joining there and then. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money, raise the IGPS profile and gain new members, but we also networked, receiving invites to have an IGPS information stand at the Clare Garden Festival, and to work together with a new group called The Young Horts, which encourages and supports young people into horticulture. A very successful day!

Bruno Nicolai

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Photos from Bruno Nicolai and Adam Whitbourn

And click here for a photo report on Blarney in Bloom from Margaret McAuliffe: Blarney in Bloom

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Visit to Russborough: 
The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland kindly invited the Irish Garden Plant Society to their walled garden restoration project at Russborough House. Members were treated to a guided tour of the remarkable volunteer led work in progress, with an incredible showcase of fruit, vegetables, and wonderful herbaceous plantings, all the more inspiring as it has been accomplished in 3 years. As with all such work, plans and decisions must be made, the grass area will be themed gardens, including one for Irish Heritage Plants that the IGPS will be involved with, while the walnut tree is possibly failing. Followed by wonderful home made cakes and lots of tea. Many thanks to everyone. Stephen Butler

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Photos by Stephen Butler

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Carmel Duignan’s Garden – A visit by IGPS members

A visit to Carmel Duignan’s garden, incredible selection of rare and unusual plants, expertly grown and placed. many thanks Carmel for a wonderful tour. Stephen Butler

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Photos by Stephen Butler.

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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

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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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