Primrose Hill Snowdrops

You may recall that two of the Primrose Hill snowdrop cultivars were illustrated in “Irish Heritage Plants” – Galanthus ‘Cicely Hall’ and Galanthus ‘Ruby Baker’. The gardens at Primrose Hill are open every afternoon in February , 2p.m. until dusk, with an admission charge of €6, so here is an opportunity to see these beautiful […]

Newsletter January 2018

The January 2018 Newsletter should be with all members now and includes – An update on Irish heritage plants from Stephen Butler – Notice and information for our Annual General Meeting in May – A note on activities at Pogue’s Entry – Brendan Sayers on breeding daffodils and a note on the rare Juania australis […]

Two Talks on the 20th!

John Mitchell will present ‘The Stans – Plant exploring in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan’ at St. Bride’s Hall, 38 Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6FP at 2p.m. Assumpta Broomfield will present “The Magic of Snowdrops” at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin at 2.30p.m. See the listings in Events for full details.

Fota Island – an IGPS Visit

We were delighted to have a good number of members join us for our guided tour of Fota Island gardens with Head Gardener, David O’Regan, on Saturday, 14th of October last. David met us at the house and gave us a wonderfully informative introduction to our walk with a history of the estate, the house […]

A Visit to Áras an Uachtaráin

IGPS Leinster organised an outing to Áras an Uachtaráin on the 9th of September. Though attendance was limited to 40 there were members from all regions present and we had a very pleasant day. The visit was made special by the head gardener who gave us a very informative guided tour and entertained us with […]

Garden visit to Aughentaine Estate, July 2017

Sixty- two members and guests of the IGPS had a wonderful day out to Aughentaine Estate, on the outskirts of Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, home of James and Caro Hamilton Stubber.  It was a beautiful sunny day, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the front terrace and afterwards Caro very kindly treated us to a […]

Doreen Wilson’s Garden, July 2017

Doreen and Ivan Wilson came to a new house on a hill above Dundonald between Belfast and Newtownards some 36 years ago. It was sitting in a “…barren, wind-swept field”. This is hard to believe today as the garden they have made is filled with unusual shrubs and trees, eye-catching colour combinations, a lushly planted […]

Visit to Knox Gass Garden

  This is a relatively new garden and is already overflowing with interesting plants. Knox has grown quite a lot from seed or cuttings with stunning results. Every habitat of the garden has appropriate species from the Gunnera at the bog garden to the house gables covered with Fremontodendron, Roses and Hypericum  in stunning yellows. […]