Organised this year by the Northern region, a great weekend was enjoyed by over ninety members and guests at our 37th AGM held at the Burrendale Hotel, Newcastle ,County Down. After the meeting on the Saturday the delegates were bused to Castlewellan Forest Park where they had a guided tour of the internationally famed Arboretum […]
Irish Garden Plant Society AGM weekend in Newcastle 19/20 May The Irish Garden Plant Society (IGPS) is a group of very keen gardeners and Irish plant enthusiasts from across the whole of Ireland. This Group was formed almost 40 years ago with the following aims: take the lead in researching, finding and propagating […]
Garden vist to Montalto Estate on 10th June Montalto, near Ballynahinch in Co. Down, is a beautiful privately-owned demesne which dates back to the early 1600s, with the mansion Montalto House built around 1765. The estate now opens as a private-hire venue for weddings and a wide range of corporate events. Almost 50 IGPS members […]
Over 90 members of the Irish Garden Plant Society met in County Down last weekend for the Annual General Meeting. We were treated to four very different gardens, each of them fantastic in their own way. Well done and many thanks to the Northern Committee for doing such a brilliant job organising what was a […]
The English Garden The English garden is admired around the world and anybody who wishes to gain an insight and understanding of these gardens will be well served by reading this updated edition of Ursula Buchan’s, The English Garden. It is possibly the most comprehensive, yet concise, treatment of the topic that I have read. […]
Annes Grove – A Rejuvenation Annes Grove is situated in north Co. Cork between Doneraile and Castletownroche. Lieutenant-General Grove Annesley inherited land here from the Grove family in the early eighteenth century and laid out the grounds as informal parkland with a walled garden and there was little change until Richard Grove Annesley (1879-1966) inherited in […]
Mary Keenan, of Gash Gardens in Co. Laois, gave a talk recently at Kilkenny Castle, part of the series of talks organised by Shirley Lanigan with the Office of Public Works and the last of this year. In a way it was a very simple talk, a story really, but it caught my attention and […]
Botanical Art Worldwide is a ground-breaking collaboration between botanical artists, organisations and institutions worldwide. Twenty three artists are creating and exhibiting botanical artworks of native plants found in each of their countries to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. Digital slide shows of up to forty works, with all other countries’ images will be shown […]
There was love there too though! The gardens of the rich and famous are always an attraction to us; there is a curiosity value to them – we are curious! We want to see what money can do and, perhaps, imagine what we would do if we had the money! The Irish temperament would, of […]
Volume 17 of Moorea, The Journal of the Irish Garden Plant Society, has just been published. This journal is an occasional publication and is free to members of the society. The contents of this volume are: “Frederick Moore – His Support for Horticulture in Ireland and Beyond” by Mary Forrest “Lord Milo Talbot […]
The latest issue of the Newsletter is out! Catch up on reports from the regions, news of upcoming events, progress in the trial of heritage Irish bergenias at the National Botanic Gardens and much more.
An old daffodil, thought to be lost, has been found and is thriving. I was delighted to see it growing today at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh. For the best account of its background read Terence Reeves-Smyth’s paper.
Orchid Summer – In Search of the Wildest Flowers of the British Isles by Jon Dunn This book was fabulously and fantastically far, far more than its title blurb lead one to expect. It splendidly recalls the author’s grand summer adventure to see all the orchids of Great Britain and Ireland within a single season, […]