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 […]
Garden visit to Castle Dobbs on 30th June In dazzling sunshine, a great turnout of members and guests were treated to a wonderful garden visit to Castle Dobbs, near Carrickfergus, County Antrim. The house itself is a beautiful mid-18th century Palladian mansion, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Down shore across the lough. The demesne […]
Stephen Butler has been the senior horticulturalist at the Zoo in Dublin’s Phoenix Park for the past 37 years during which time he made major changes to the style and planting of the grounds – animal enclosures and amenity areas. The development in recent years of the Savannah areas was innovative in the world of […]
IGPS members gathered at the Zoo recently to thank Stephen Butler for the many occasions he hosted visits for members and brought us round the wonderful planting he has created there. Planting at the Zoo has developed to such a degree under Stephen’s care that has long since gone past being simply functional and has […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. She featured gardens from many well-known designers such as […]