From Show Gardens to Real Gardens

Here are some photos from our meeting on Wednesday evening when Oliver Schurmann delighted us all with his lecture ‘From Show Gardens to Real Gardens’ in Malone House, Belfast. As well as enjoying his inspirational and thought-provoking lecture, we also enjoyed the ambience of the venue with its elaborate Christmas decorations which Belfast Parks kindly […]

The Irish Garden, A Cultural History

The Irish Garden, A Cultural History  The Irish Garden, A Cultural History by Peter Dale, Illustrated by Brian Lalor What is it that makes an Irish garden different? Our gardens and what we can grow in them are most influenced by our climate and soil type. Devon, Cornwall, western Scotland and, indeed, many parts of England […]

At West Dean – A Review

At West Dean – A Review A view to the college at West Dean West Dean, as we see it today, is a 19th century country house with gardens in the Arts and Crafts style. The walled garden, with its range of Victorian glasshouse and gardened in a style which is deeply rooted in Victorian practices, is […]

Book Launch at Old Courthouse, Antrim

In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – A Sikkim Adventure by Seamus O’Brien. It was a super evening in the Old Courthouse in Antrim and was attended by 100 people. Seamus, who was introduced by Lady Anthea Forde of Seaforde Gardens near Newcastle, Co Down, gave an enthralling lecture.   Many thanks to Maeve […]

Book Launch at Fota House

What a wonderful event! This afternoon we had the book launch of Seamus O’Brien’s “In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker –  A Sikkim Adventure”,  organised by the committee of IGPS Munster and hosted by Fota House. It was a wonderful venue, a great attendance, a delightful introduction by Kristen Jameson and an outstanding talk […]

Shades of Green

Shades of Green!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  October 17, 2018 The National Trust in Great Britain is probably one of the most successful conservation and preservation organisations in the world. It is the largest landowner in Britain and, were it not for the National Trust many irreplaceable buildings and gardens would have been lost. Despite these achievements […]

Flying the Flag at Rowallane Plant Fair

The new IGPS banners were given an airing at the recent plant fair at Rowallane Gardens on what turned out to be a great day with excellent weather, most generous donations of plants and very brisk plant sales. Another successful and enjoyable event. Check out our Events Listings and come along to join us at […]

In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure

My goodness, this is an extraordinarily good book! I had expected something wonderful along the lines of the author’s previous book, “In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry and his Chinese Plant Collectors” but this volume has surpassed my most hopeful expectations. The depth of research, the volume of original material reproduced, the quality of the […]

The Dillon Garden

IGPS Leinster organised a visit to Helen and Val Dillon’s new garden at Monkstown, Co. Dublin, on Saturday last, the 28th of July. It was wonderful to see the new garden as we all longed to see what Helen had done in the short time she had been there. The property is perfectly secluded from […]