A Visit to Montalto Estate

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 […]

A.G.M. Organisers

Members of the IGPS Northern Committee who organised such a wonderful weekend for the recent Annual General Meeting: Left to right: Claire Peacock, Hon. Secretary and Northern Rep., Agnes Peacocke, Plant Sale organiser, Joanna Loane, committee member, Barbara Kelso, Vice Chair and Lecture organiser, Billy McCone, IGPS Chairperson, Adrian Walsh, Treasurer, Maeve Bell, Chairperson IGPS North, Victor Henry, Garden Visit Organiser, Roz Henry, Garden Visit Organiser

Annual General Meeting Weekend

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 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 – 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 […]

Botanical Art Worldwide

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 […]

Though There was Dough There….

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 […]

Moorea, Volume 17 has been published!

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 […]

Orchid Summer by Jon Dunn

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, […]

The Warren Gardens by Frank Mason

This article was first published in Issue 104, April 2007, of The Newsletter of The Irish Garden Plant Society. Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork presently has an exhibition on the Hartlands who had several nurseries and shops in Mallow and Cork and were especially famous for their collection of daffodils. They had collected old varieties of […]

Garden Inspirations with Andrea Jones, International Garden Photographer

Garden Inspirations with Andrea Jones, International Garden Photographer There was a large audience to hear Andrea’s excellent talk in The Old Courthouse, Antrim on March 22nd.   Andrea has photographed gardens professionally for over 20 years and her photos of both public and private gardens from around the world were amazing, showing some wonderful design ideas. […]