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. […]

Annual General Meeting, Birr, 2017

Reports are coming in on the A.G.M. weekend in Birr with some members posting images on Facebook with their comments. It would seem there was some rain but that this did not dampen spirits and that it was a very enjoyable weekend. Certainly some of the private comments on the garden were simply gushing in […]

Things That Turn Nick Macer On!

There was a large turn out of IGPS members and guests for Nick Macer’s talk on the 24th of January in Cork. Nick has travelled extensively in search of new and interesting plants and has introduced many of these through his Pan Global Plants Nursery. He presented his plants in groups “Small”, “Big”, “Bigger” and […]

Plandaí Oidhreachta – Irish Heritage Plants Launch, 12 November 2016

Martin Rix, editor of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, officiated at the opening of the Plandaí Oidhreachta – Irish Heritage Plants exhibition of works by the members of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and the launch of the associated book at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, on Saturday, 12th November. There was an exceptionally good attendance […]