Archives for June 2016

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

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 in 1915. Charles Frederick Ball, who trained at Kew Gardens, was an Assistant Keeper at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin  and advised at the Acton estate at Kilmacurragh, now, also, part of the National Botanic Gardens. Escallonia CF Ball is one seedling from several raised by him before the war, another –  ‘Alice’ – is named for his wife.

The Great War caused the demise of numerous gardens as so many staff volunteered for service in the British Army and other Allied Forces, never to return. The Irish Garden Plant Society is pleased to be able to help keep the memory of these people with us

A group from the Irish Garden Plant Society attended the ceremonial planting at the War Memorial Gardens on the 28th of June. It was a very dignified and surprisingly moving occasion. Billy McCone, IGPS Chairperson, opened with a short introduction and gave some background to C. F. Ball and his work.  Seamus O’Brien spoke of the links between the Acton family at Kilmacurragh and the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin. Peter Acton and his daughter Gemma spoke about the effect of WW1 on their family and the transformation of Europe in the intervening years.

Photographs from Maeve Bell

Billy McCone, IGPS Chairperson, addressing the group

Billy McCone, IGPS Chairperson, addressing the group

Escallonia C. F. Ball  Seamus O'Brien

Seamus O’Brien, of the National Botanic Gardens Kilmacurragh, presenting Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’

 

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

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

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Peter and Gemma Acton planting Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’ at the National War Memorial at Islandbridge

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In attendance at the ceremonial planting of Escallonia ‘C. F. Ball’

 

Escallonia C. F. Ball  Ed Bowden Seamus O'Brien

Ed Bowden and Seamus O’Brien in attendance

Escallonia C. F. Ball Stephen Butler Brendan Sayers

Stephen Butler, Chairperson IGPS Leinster, with Brendan Sayers of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

 

 

A Visit to Hillsborough Castle Gardens, June 2016

 

 

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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 residence of the Royal Family when in N Ireland.
The Castle is set in 96 acres of garden and also has a lake. The front facade of the castle faces south on to the gardens. You will notice this in the pictures where the front patio has just had a complete makeover. Much work is still continuing at the moment so we were a little restricted on our visit. Strangely the sun did shine that day and everyone had a very pleasant afternoon, with many cafes in the village to visit afterwards.

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Many thanks to Victor and Roz Henry for photographs

The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

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 is a product of a partnership between the Museum and the IGPS.  Back in 1987, the IGPS was asked to design and plant a garden appropriate for a clergyman in rural Ireland around 1900. The house itself was built in 1717, but its interior has been furnished as it would have been around 1900.
A central straight path leads from the gate to the door, in front of the house there are two rectangular flower beds and the remainder of the garden is set out in an informal Robinsonian style. In keeping with the aims of the IGPS, as many as possible of the plants are old Irish cultivars. Many thanks go the the small team of volunteers, from within and outside the IGPS, who maintain the garden.
The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey (2)

The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

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The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

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The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

Volunteer Margaret Newman with Victor Henry, Carol Dobson and Roz Henry

Volunteer Margaret Newman with Victor Henry, Carol Dobson and Roz Henry

Volunteers Maureen Reid and Marion Allen busy working in the borders

Volunteers Maureen Reid and Marion Allen busy working in the borders

Volunteers Rachel Owen, Marion Allen, Roz Henry and Margaret Newman. Margaret declared it was water in her wine bottle. We believe her!

Volunteers Rachel Owen, Marion Allen, Roz Henry and Margaret Newman. Margaret declared it was water in her wine bottle. We believe her!

Billy McCone, Barbara Kelso, with volunteers Lorna Goldstrom organiser of the volunteer group, Maureen Reid and Yvonne Penpraze

Billy McCone, Barbara Kelso, with volunteers Lorna Goldstrom organiser of the volunteer group, Maureen Reid and Yvonne Penpraze

Maeve Bell and Billy McCone

Maeve Bell and Billy McCone

Museum volunteer in period costume bringing in turf for the fire to make soda bread

Museum volunteer in period costume bringing in turf for the fire to make soda bread

The plant in the foreground is the Irish Heritage plant, Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim' from County Donegal

The plant in the foreground is the Irish Heritage plant, Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’ from County Donegal

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The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey