Archives for February 2016

Ulster Garden Scheme 2016 – with IGPS Members Involved

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 one might expect, IGPS members are to the fore with some opening their gardens for the first time while others could be considered stalwarts of the Scheme.
Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, in conversation with Victor Henry, a member of the Society's Northern sub-committee.

Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, in conversation with Victor Henry, a member of the Society’s Northern sub-committee.

Katherine Nixon will be opening her new garden near Killinchy, Co Down right on the shore of one of our most beautiful natural landscapes, Strangford Lough, on 6-7th August. Not only is there a chance to see her husband James’s black native Irish bees but there will also be an exhibition of work by invited artists.
Pat Cameron and Sandra Tosh with Knox Gass

Pat Cameron and Sandra Tosh with Knox Gass

Six of our members will be opening their gardens by appointment. Just a mile or two away on the other side of Killinchy village, Knox Gass makes a welcome return to the Scheme when he opens his newly created, plantsperson’s garden for the first time. Also for the first time, Penny McNeill will open her half acre garden near Ballycastle on the north Antrim coast.
Penny McNeill and Cherry Townsend

Penny McNeill and Cherry Townsend

David and Janet Ledsham also garden on the Co Antrim coast but in Ballygally, near Larne and the Northern region have organised a visit to it on Saturday 9th April when we hope to see early spring treasures and maybe a final fling for the hellebores. Members from other regions are, as always, most welcome to join in.
Other gardens owned by Society members and open by appointment are those of Susan and Colin Tindall at Timpanny Nursery near Ballynahinch,  John and Agnes Peacocke just outside Downpatrick, and Adrian Walsh’s bijou city garden in south Belfast.
Mary and Berkley Farr with Charles Stewart

Mary and Berkley Farr with Charles Stewart

The Lough on a hazy February afternoon looking west from Greyabbey village

The Lough on a hazy February afternoon looking west from Greyabbey village

 

Text and photographs from Maeve Bell, Chairperson of the Northern Region of the IGPS

Richard Baines talk in Belfast

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, Edinburgh and it specialises in growing render Rhododendrons and Southern Hemisphere plants especially those from Australasia and Chile. I high proportion of its plants are wild collection which is a key factor should reintroduction be required.

Robert Trotter, who has recently joined the Northern sub-committee, with committee member Victor Henry admiring Banksia marginata in full bloom

Robert Trotter, who has recently joined the Northern sub-committee, with committee member Victor Henry admiring Banksia marginata in full bloom

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

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

Liam McCaughey, past Chairman of the Alpine Garden Society Ulster Branch and a member of IGPS, enjoying the tea and home made cakes after the lecture.

Liam McCaughey, past Chairman of the Alpine Garden Society Ulster Branch and a member of IGPS, enjoying the tea and home made cakes after the lecture.

Barbara Kelso (right) who organises the Northern region's lecture programme with Agnes Peacocke and Robert Trotter who have recently joined the committee

Barbara Kelso (right) who organises the Northern region’s lecture programme with Agnes Peacocke and Robert Trotter who have recently joined the committee

 

Text and photographs courtesy of Maeve Bell, Chairperson of the Norther Regions of the IGPS.