With thanks to Maeve Bell for text and photographs.
Dedication of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’
- Tuesday, 28 June 2016 from 14:00 to 16:00 AT THE Irish National War Memorial Gardens
- - via Con Colbert Road Islandbridge, Dublin 8, Ireland
‘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 new long flowering perennials as featured in Hunting Brook Gardens. Jimi gave great insights into how to use them in planting schemes and also his own experiences of trialing them in the Irish garden. All of this was accompanied by superb photography of the individual plants and the adventurous and colourful planting combinations which are Jimi’s trademark. Everyone went home with a ticked list of ‘must have’ plants for the coming season and a resolve to seek them out.
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 of original paintings and an accompanying book. The book will feature articles on a variety of plant themes that highlight Irish Garden Plants, especially those that came to being post the year 2000. Our latest snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea will be featured along with primroses, iris and daffodils, among others groups of plants, including garden plants selected from the native Irish flora. We are happy to offer Society members and friends the opportunity to support this endeavour by pre-subscribing to the book. Measuring 240 x 260cm and with over 100 pages of content, it will be lavishly illustrated with botanical illustrations both old and new, and printed on high quality, silk-finish paper. Threescore artists, and more have been painting for the book in 2015 and early 2016.
The ISBA is handling pre-publication orders of the book: Please visit their website: Irish Botanical Artists for details.
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 saw the prairie style of planting which influenced his development as a horticulturalist. He talked about the idea of bringing plant communities into the garden and used various examples of natural meadows and prairies from Ireland and abroad. He made many plant suggestions both as effective combinations and single specimens and took us through some gardens that he had designed and planted. I went away with a long wish list of plants which I will try to source at Oliver’s own Mount Venus Nursery in Rathfarnam, Dublin.