Upcoming Events

Members are eligible to attend events in any part of Ireland, so don’t limit your browsing to your own location. The categorisation by geographic region is for administration and organisational purposes only.

Non-members are very welcome at our events though there will be a charge for insurance purposes. Do come along and join us and, perhaps, become a member. There will be events which will be restricted to members only – perhaps because of the size of the garden and the need to restrict numbers or because this is the wish of the garden owner – and, on these occasions, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate non-members.

We occasionally list events of other groups in the ‘Other Events’ category, generally for groups we regularly work with. These are not part of the official IGPS programme but may be of interest to members.

Creating the Perfect Garden with Cor van Gelderen @ National Botanic Gardens
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Creating the Perfect Garden – a joint lecture from the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, with Cor van Gelderen of Esveld Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands. Plant collector extraordinaire, author, and judge at Bloom, Cor will speak about some of his garden projects from small to large spaces, and how plants can be used in Irish gardens today. With his tremendous knowledge of plants, garden design, and garden developments, this will be a superb lecture.

Tasmania – A Botanical Expedition @ Northridge House
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In 2018 Seamus O’Brien organised and lead the British-Irish Botanical Expedition to Tasmania (BIBET) with representatives from Nymans Gardens in West Sussex, the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Mount Stewart in Co. Down, the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh and Coolcarrigan House and Gardens near Naas, Co. Kildare. The Government of Tasmania granted permits for the group to collect seeds and herbarium specimens of non-threatened taxa and also allowed the group to collect material for the International Conifer Conservation Programme at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh (in which the NBG, Kilmacurragh collaborates) and to collect duplicate sets of herbarium specimens for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. The group also collaborated with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart in visiting Australia’s most threatened gum, Eucalyptus gunnii ssp. divaricata.

Seamus will also recall many connections between Ireland and Tasmania, coming across Irish placenames there and of visiting the Grampian Mountains National Park near Melbourne.

Seamus O’Brien
‘From Show Gardens to Real Gardens’ with Oliver Schurmann @ Malone House
Dec 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The IGPS are delighted to welcome Oliver Schurmann from Mount Venus Nursery in Dublin.  Oliver presents an illustrated talk on designing cutting edge show gardens and how these creations have a positive or negative influence on our real gardens.


This lecture is in Association with Belfast City Council.

Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening.  Everyone is welcome!

‘My Thirty Best Plants’ with Bob Brown @ Antrim Old Courthouse
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bob Brown is proprietor of Cotswold Garden Flowers nursery and Just Must Perennials, a wholesale nursery.  He has a life-long obsession with gardening and is known for having opinions (many very critical) about all the 16-17 thousand kinds of plants he’s grown or tried to grow.  Bob oversees herbaceous trials for the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) for the Royal Horticultural Society. He is a prolific writer and has a monthly section in ‘Which? Gardening’ and he is holder of the Veitch Memorial Medal awarded for the science and advancement of horticulture. His specialist nursery, based in Evesham, stocks a huge range of unusual perennials, with a focus on good old-fashioned plants, newly introduced plants bred for not only colour and form but for vigour as well, and plants newly introduced from the wild.

This is our Autumn lecture in Association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening. Everyone is welcome!