Irish Heritage Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta

Hot off the presses – an advance copy of “Irish Heritage Plants/Plandaí Oidhreachta” the result of a project between the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. The project has been generously and enthusiastically supported by the National Botanic Gardens (The Office of Public Works), An Bord Bia and by the County Wexford Garden and Flower Club.

The opening of the exhibition of botanical art and the launch of the book will be on Saturday, 12th November at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin – by invitation only to all IGPS and ISBA members. The exhibition will continue to early December and the book will be on sale during that time.

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There will be further events at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, on the 19th of November where contributors to the book will make a presentation and on the 26th when the artists will give demonstrations of their work. These latter events are open to the public and we would be delighted to see you there.

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The book is not yet on sale but may be ordered online  from The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and will be available at the National Botanic Gardens from Sunday, 13th November, onwards.

I have been involved in this project and am absolutely delighted with the final product and am sure you will be also. Here are some sample pages from the book – simply photographed at home, I’m afraid, but enough to give you a peep into the beauty of the illustrations, all done by members of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.

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Nick Macer in Northern Ireland

Recently 70 IGPS members and friends were wowed with ideas for new plants for their gardens by Nick Macer of Pan-Global Plants when he spoke at Antrim Old Courthouse. Even better, almost all the plants he talked about were relatively hard and capable of surviving our winters outdoors.

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Nick Macer with Neal Porteous and Victor Henry at Mount Stewart Gardens.

Nick Macer with Victor Henry looking at some of the wonderful plants at Mount Stewart recently

Nick Macer with Victor Henry looking at some of the wonderful plants at Mount Stewart recently

Nick was himself wowed by a visit to Mount Stewart where he was shown round by Neil Porteous, the Head of Gardens there; Victor Henry and Maeve Bell were lucky enough to accompany them. We saw fabulous autumn colour combinations in the Italian Garden, the autumn hues of the Sunk Garden, rare and unusual specimens including the tall, multi-headed Cordyline indivisa, and the new collections of ferns and Rhododendron maddenii.

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Text and photographs from Maeve Bell. 

Nick Macer – “Confessions of a Plant Freak”

Nick Macer’s recently delivered his talk “Confessions of a Plant Freak” to IGPS members in Northern Ireland.

Beforehand he visited the garden of our members David and Janet Ledsham where he admired some of the birches which David had grown from seed and Eucryphia moorei which was in full bloom.

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In the afternoon we went to The Botanic Gardens in Belfast where he met some of the staff of Belfast Parks together with members of the Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens who are also IGPS members and heard about the project to restore the Victorian Tropical Ravine. While the building housing the Ravine is being refurbished, Parks staff are taking the opportunity to propagate the rare Killarney Fern.

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Text and photographs from Maeve Bell.

 

Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore

IGPS  Munster organised a late season outing to the Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Tramore, Co. Waterford on Saturday, 15th October. There was a good attendance, reasonable weather, an excellent guided tour and a day that was enjoyed by all who attended.

Many thanks to Margaret McAuliffe who took on the role of  photographer for the day. If you would like to view a full album you can do so on the IGPS Facebook page and if you would like to read of the background story of this garden you can do so on the IGPS Blog.

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Plant Sale – IGPS Leinster at Trinity Botanic Gardens, Dartry

The most popular event of the year is the annual plant sale organised by IGPS Leinster which has been held for the past few years at the Trinity College Botanic Gardens in Dartry.

It is an opportunity to purchase plants which are quite rare and generally not available in the trade as well as special plants propagated by society members and kindly donated to the sale. Several nurseries are also very generous with their contributions.

Stephen Butler, Chairperson IGPS Leinster, would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the nurseries that donated plants: Kilmurry Nursery, Sedum and Sage Nursery, Mt. Venus Nursery, Ravensberg Nursery, Tullys Nursery, and Flannery’s Nursery and the numerous donations from members, a wonderful mix of plants again, very many not seen for sale generally.

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Plant Sale, Saturday 15th

Plant Sale on Saturday next – see Fixtures for full details – look to the right column here.

Come along early and you could get one of these Irish heritage plants. They are in very small supply so it is a case of first come, first served. Good plant hunting!

 

Anemone nemerosa 'Robinsoniana', one of the Irish heritage plants available at the Plant Sale next Saturday

Anemone nemerosa ‘Robinsoniana’, one of the Irish heritage plants available at the Plant Sale next Saturday

Agapanthus ‘Kilmurry Blue’

Agapanthus ‘Kilmurry White’,

Bergenia ‘Ballawley’, Ballawley Park, Dundrum, 1940

Crocosmia ‘Irish Dawn’

Crocosmia ‘Kilmurry Orange’

Crocosmia masoniorum ‘Rowallane Orange’, from Rowallane, 1998

Crocosmia masoniorum ‘Rowallane Yellow’, from Rowallane, 1970

Dierama ‘Kilmurry Seedling’

Eryngium x zabelii ‘Donard Variety’, Slieve Donard Nursery 1950

Iris chrysosgraphes ‘Kilmurry Black’, no info own selection

Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’, Mulroy House, 1970

Rodgersia pinnata ‘Irish Bronze’, Ballawley Park, Dundrum

Rudbeckia ‘Dublin’

Tradescantia ‘Kilmurry Purple’

Verbena hastata ‘Kilmurry’,
3 x Berberis darwinii Nana, Daisy Hill intro before 1910
3 x Rosmarinus officinalis Prostrata, Daisy Hill pre 1906
3 x Parthenocissus henryana

3 x Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’, from Gumbletons house in Cork, pre 1910
3 x Berberis x stenophylla ‘Corallina Compacta’, Daisy Hill 1905
3 x Garrya x issaquanensis. ‘Glasnevin Wine’, Celbridge, 1985
3 x Dasiphora (Potentilla) fruticosa ‘Longacre’, Newcasatle, Down, pre 1950
2 x Emmenopterys henryi

5 x Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’, Rathfarnham, 1981
5 x Crocosmia ‘Rowallane Yellow’, 1970, at Rowallane
5 x Anemone nemerosa ‘Robinsoniana’, possibly Irish, maybe not!!
5 x Geranium himalayense ‘Irish Blue’, Leixlip, 1947
10 x Geranium psilostemon ‘Mt Venus’, no info, new from there

3 x Hebe ‘Headfortii’, from Headfort, seeds from NZ though
3 x Griselinia ‘Bantry Bay’, McKenzie, Illnacullin, 1950, branch sport
3 x Escallonia ‘Glasnevin Hybrid’, NBG 1910
4 x Berberis x carminea ‘Buccaneer’, Watsons Nursery Killiney, pre 1940
3 x Philadelphus ‘Rose Syringa’, pre 1890
1 x Dianthus ‘Chomley Farran’, Braemor Park, Dublin 1975
4 x Cryptomeria japonica ‘Kilmacurragh’, pre 1922 there
3 x Chamaecyparis lawsoniana ‘Kilmacurragh’, pre 1933 there
2 x Cotoneaster bradyi, intro to NBG 1995 named for Director, raised from seed from China in Sweden
2 x Berberis x carminea Barbarossa’, Watsons Nursery Killiney, pre 1940
3 x Sambucus nigra f, porphyrophylla ‘Guincho Purple’, pre 1970, from Scotland intro by Mackie at Guincho

The Planters’ Seminar at Mount Stewart

About 30 IGPS members formed part of the audience for the Planter’s Seminar at Mount Stewart Garden, Co Down over the weekend at which Dan Hinkley, Roy Lancaster and Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones talked about the special plants they have seen while exploring remote areas. As part of the seminar Neil Porteous, the Head Gardener, led a tour of the formal gardens which were resplendent with late summer colour, exciting plant combinations and a superb collection of salvias.

Text and photographs from Maeve Bell, Chairperson IGPS North. 

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Neil Porteous, Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, leading a group in the gardens

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Plant Sale at Rowallane

Photographs from the Irish Garden Plant Society Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, Northern Ireland today. It was a wet day but the society members turned out in force and had a good day. rowallane-plant-fair-2016-5 rowallane-plant-fair-2016-1 rowallane-plant-fair-2016-2 rowallane-plant-fair-2016-3 rowallane-plant-fair-2016-4

Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Would you like to purchase our upcoming book: “Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta?

 

Here’s the link:                 PURCHASE ONLINE!

 

Gloxinia sylvatica 'Glasnevin Jubilee' by Heather Byers

Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Glasnevin Jubilee’ by Heather Byers

Glenarm Castle Gardens, August 2016

The Northern group of the IGPS organised a visit to Glenarm Castle Gardens in Co. Antrim and had almost 50 members and friends in attendance on what proved to be a most enjoyable tour of a really stunning garden. This is an historic site dating to about 1820 with strong design elements, fabulous herbaceous colour combinations, and immaculate maintenance – led by Reg Maxwell, the garden adviser.

The photographs and captions from Barbara Kelso and Maeve Bell tell the story!

Hot border. Herbaceous border filled with bright reds, pinks, oranges and yellows throughout the season; from tulips and peonies in early summer to bright dahlias and penstemons later in the season. Barbara Kelso

Hot border. Herbaceous border filled with bright reds, pinks, oranges and yellows throughout the season; from tulips and peonies in early summer to bright dahlias and penstemons later in the season. Barbara Kelso

West facing border, the pleached lime trees have all been recently hand pruned.  Barbara Kelso

West facing border, the pleached lime trees have all been recently hand pruned. Barbara Kelso

Large white flower heads of Hydrangea 'Annabelle'.  Barbara Kelso

Large white flower heads of Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’. Barbara Kelso

Double herbaceous 'cool' borders. Beyond is the Yew Circle, which surrounds the herb garden.  This circular hedge is one of the oldest features of the garden, dating back to the 1820's.  Barbara Kelso

Double herbaceous ‘cool’ borders. Beyond is the Yew Circle, which surrounds the herb garden. This circular hedge is one of the oldest features of the garden, dating back to the 1820’s. Barbara Kelso

View of one side of the garden from the mount. It also provides a panoramic view of the countryside around - 'borrowed landscape'. Barbara Kelso

View of one side of the garden from the mount. It also provides a panoramic view of the countryside around – ‘borrowed landscape’. Barbara Kelso

Apple orchard and wildflower meadow. The Obelisk was created by a local craftsman out of oak. Barbara Kelso

Apple orchard and wildflower meadow. The Obelisk was created by a local craftsman out of oak. Barbara Kelso

Crab apple trees beautifully under planted with hardy and half hardy annuals. Barbara Kelso

Crab apple trees beautifully under planted with hardy and half hardy annuals. Barbara Kelso

Stipa gigantea and verbena bonariensis are lovely together. Barbara Kelso

Stipa gigantea and verbena bonariensis are lovely together. Barbara Kelso

Pear trees trained on the circular metal railing. Barbara Kelso

Pear trees trained on the circular metal railing. Barbara Kelso

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A colourful patch of annuals planted in a square at the base of a fruit tree; they have been designed to succeed the tulips which occupy the space earlier in the year and are at their peak during Glenarm’s annual Tulip Festival over the May Day weekend. Maeve Bell

Members enjoying the day. Maeve Bell

Members enjoying the day. Maeve Bell

Helen’s Bay Walled Garden – A Venture in Vegetables 

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From left to right – Carol Dobson – Northern Committee (and new volunteer), Barbara Kelso –Northern Committee, David Anderson-volunteer, Lorraine Small-owner, Patrick Leonard Head chef Merchant Hotel, David Cameron –head gardener and Andy Bingham – head gardener Ulster Folk Museum

IGPS member and plants woman Lorraine Small has taken on a challenge in restoring a 4 acre walled garden in Helen’s Bay, County Down. Barely one year into the project the garden is already supplying some of Belfast’s top restaurants and selling at local markets.   Her Head gardener David Cameron brings a wealth of experience having spent two years working at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons garden in Oxford.

Left to right  Volunteer David Anderson, Owner and IGPS member Lorraine Small, Gardener David Cameron

Left to right Volunteer David Anderson, Owner and IGPS member Lorraine Small, Gardener David Cameron

Members of the Northern sub-committee were treated to a visit to the garden in July where they sampled some of the organic vegetables including yellow beetroot and heritage black podded peas.

Lorraine says “ We are fully organic but I want to go one step further and include Irish Heritage fruit and vegetables. We already have a collection of Irish apple trees and some Irish Heritage vegetables but we are always looking out for more.”

Owners Lorraine and James Small with Northern sub-committee members

Owners Lorraine and James Small with Northern sub-committee members

Ulster Folk Museum Head Gardener Andy Bingham , Lorraine Small, owner of the walled garden at Helen's Bay and Maeve Bell, Chairperson of IGPS North.

Ulster Folk Museum Head Gardener Andy Bingham , Lorraine Small, owner of the walled garden at Helen’s Bay and Maeve Bell, Chairperson of IGPS North.

Although a lot of work remains to be done after years of neglect, Lorraine hopes to open the walled garden and the adjoining house garden for an IGPS garden visit next year.

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A surviving pear tree from bygone days

Tasting some of the Josh Toombs peas

Tasting some of the Josh Toombs peas

 

IGPS chairperson Billy McCone writes “ This is a great opportunity to explore an area of Irish Heritage plants that has largely been overlooked. I particularly welcome the interest from the Folk Museum who have already done much to help develop the Lismacloskey Rectory garden. I believe there is tremendous potential in this project and I wish Lorraine every success.”

 

Photographs and text from Billy McCone, IGPS Chairperson 

 

 

 

 

 

IGPS Munster has a New Lecture Venue

We are very excited to tell you we are moving to Northridge House in Blackrock. There is plenty of onsite parking, the building is fully wheelchair accessible, has comfy seats, a sound system, air conditioning, and best of all, tea and coffee making facilities.

Northridge House (at St. Luke’s Home), Castle Rd, Mahon, Cork

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 Autumn/Winter 2016 Schedule

All lectures take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 8pm in Northridge House, Mahon, Cork, unless stated otherwise. The Building is fully wheelchair accessible. Each evening consists of a lecture, usually lasting between 1hr and 1hr 30 minutes, refreshments, and opportunities to win raffle prizes. We often have plant sales on our lecture nights. Sometimes our lecturers bring plants to sell, and at other times we hold Members’ Plant Sales where members bring along plants which we sell on the night to help raise funds. Lecture nights are free to members and €5 to nonmembers, unless stated otherwise.

Check out our October, November and  December speakers who have just been posted in our “Upcoming Events” sections.

Blarney in Bloom 2016: The Forgotten Garden

This project, to build a garden highlighting Irish heritage plants, raising awareness of them, of the trail of Irish heritage plants at Blarney Castle Gardens and of the IGPS was led my Rory Newell and overseen by Adam Whitbourn, with many Blarney staff helping out in it’s design, construction and planting, in their own free time. It was hugely popular with visitors, and was the highlight of the show. (It drew people to the IGPS stall also and to our plant sale)

On the stage Rory also gave a great talk about the IGPS and Irish heritage plants, and I was nabbed at the end to say a few words as IGPS Munster Chair. I gave an overview of the IGPS and briefly thanked everyone for what
they had achieved.

Bruno Nicolai. 

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Billy McCone, Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the IGPS, sent this message:

The garden looks great and I love the concept of a ‘forgotten garden’.  Obviously a lot of work went into this and you are both to be commended on your achievement. 

From the photos and Bruno’s email, it is clear that you have done a lot in raising the profile of the IGPS and highlighting the conservation of heritage plants.

On behalf of the IGPS executive committee I would like to offer our sincere thanks and well deserved congratulations. 

Well done guys.      Billy McCone

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Many thanks to Adam Whitbourn for the images of the garden – and, indeed, for all his work in promoting Irish heritage plants and the work of the IGPS.

Visit to Victor & Roz Henry’s Garden

We had a very enjoyable visit to Victor and Roz Henry’s garden in Newtownards yesterday despite the most unseasonable weather – heavy downpours, gusts of wind which caused the gazebo for the plant sale to lift off, and a temperature of about 12*C. But IGPS members and their friends are a hardy lot and made the most of the fleeting sunny periods to explore a garden packed with plants, both well known and exotic, and well-chosen interesting detail. Some highlights were the pergola festooned with Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’, a fabulous cardiocrinum with blooms soaring to about three metres, and a stand of mouth-watering delphiniums in glorious shades of blue. There was a seriously well-stocked plant stall which included a decent selection of Irish cultivars including Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’, Cytissus ‘Donard Gem’, and Primula ‘Rowallane Rose’. And a final touch was the beautiful music played by their ten year old grand-daughter Josie on her harp.

Victor Henry greeting the visitors as all admire the wonderful delphiniums

Victor Henry greeting the visitors as all admire the wonderful delphiniums

Lush plating around the pool, including Zantedeschia aethopica

Lush plating around the pool, including Zantedeschia aethopica

Exotic planting: A tree fern with a lush under-planting of hostas and Myosotidium hortensia, the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not.

Exotic planting: A tree fern with a lush under-planting of hostas and Myosotidium hortensia, the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not.

The afternoon was enhanced by the lovely harp music played by the Henry’s grand daughter.

The afternoon was enhanced by the lovely harp music played by the Henry’s grand daughter.

Text and photographs from Maeve Bell.

To view further photographs from the day visit the BLOG

 

 

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

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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’

 

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Ed Bowden and Seamus O’Brien in attendance

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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.
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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

Our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork.

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Shirley Musgrave, Christine Fehily and Catherine McHale all obviously enjoying the garden visits at the weekend.

Many thanks to the Munster committee of the IGPS who organised our AGM weekend in Blarney, Co. Cork. It was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Our first garden visit of the weekend was to Blarney Castle Gardens where we had a range of wonderful guided tours and this set the tone of the weekend which we all continued to enjoy.

Click here to see an album of photographs from Blarney Castle Gardens. 

Click on the link to view an album of photographs from Mairead Harty’s  Poulacurry House

Click to view Mary Byrne’s Garden

The final garden of the weekend: Hester Forde’s, “Coosheen” in Glounthaune.

A “Thank You” to Martin Edwardes

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To mark Martin Edwarde’s ten years on the Munster committee of the IGPS Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson of the IGPS Munster committee, made this presentation at the AGM dinner in Blarney

 

 

IGPS Stand at Russborough

Stephen Butler, Mary Tobin, Ricky Shannon and Kirsten Walker on the IGPS stand at the Rare and Special Plant Sale at Russborough House

Stephen Butler, Mary Tobin, Ricky Shannon and Kirsten Walker on the IGPS stand at the Rare and Special Plant Sale at Russborough House

There was a big turnout for the Rare and Special Plant Sale at Russborough House today and the IGPS had a stand there with Stephen Butler, Ricky Shannon and Kirsten Walker meeting people and promoting the IGPS. Mary and I dropped in to say “Hello”

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Stephen and Ricky on duty at the IGPS stand.