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.

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.

Garden Visit: Doreen Wilson’s Garden @ Doreen Wilson's Garden
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm


Although the original house and garden are 35 years old, it was only in the past 10 years, when the owner retired, that much gardening has taken place. Trees and hedges were planted as a shelter belt from the cold frosts that roll down from the Craigantlet Hills and the strong westerlies that blow up from Strangford Lough. Largely a country garden with a wide variety of herbaceous plants, some unusual shrubs including ‘Emmenopterys henryi’ and a productive vegetable garden with a small overflowing greenhouse. There is a pergola planted with wisteria and a walkway with a variety of roses leading to a secret Summer House. A small sheltered pool in a courtyard is surrounded with pots of pelargoniums which should be flowering in July. This is not a designer garden, as more plants are acquired more lawn is surrendered. The garden is managed completely organically and the owner is a fanatical composter. Partially suitable for wheelchairs,

Doreen will provide Coffee, Tea, etc., (not included in entry fee)

Location: From Dundonald take the A20 and turn left onto the Belfast Road (past Old Mill coffee shop). Turn right into Ballyrogan Road and first left into Ballyrogan Park.

Visit to Josh & Mary Wilkinson, Skryne, Co. Meath @ Skryne
Jul 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, 15th July, at 2.30 p.m.  Visit to Josh and Mary Wilkinson at Skryne, Co. Meath.   

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This has been described by some of our members as one of the most beautiful and tidiest vegetable gardens they have ever seen.

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Directions from the M50.  Take the N3 for Cavan/Navan – this will shortly become the M3. There is a Toll along this motorway.  Continue for 32 kilometres and take R147 signposted Skryne.  Drive a further 4 kilometres.  Our turn is first on left hand side – L50000 this is a narrow road.  House is on the right side and will be indicated – we will enter by one gateway and exit by the other.

There will be tea/coffee and some tray bakes.  Donation  to Multiple Sclerosis – to Ricky on the day.

Kirsten Walker,  has kindly invited us to her nursery which is nearby in Skryne.  Directions will be given on the day to those participating.   Bookings by E-mail to shannon.ricky2@gmail.com or by texting a message to Ricky at 086 3511281.

There will be no admission charge to the garden but a donation to “Multiple Sclerosis Ireland” has been suggested — talk to Ricky when booking!


Visit to Aughentaine Estate garden @ Aughentaine Estate garden
Jul 22 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Saturday 22nd July 2017 at 12.30 p.m.
Visit to Aughentaine Estate garden,
James and Cora Hamilton Stubber
Aughentaine, Aghintain Road, Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone, BT75 0LH
Designed in the mid 1950’s by Percy Crane, and created over the last 50 years by Mrs John Hamilton Stubber, the extensive gardens at Aughentaine cover some 12 acres and are on an elevated site with magnificent views.  They range from formal terraced herbaceous borders to planted parkland, a walled kitchen garden and an attractive woodland glen sheltering a collection of specimen rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and trees.
Please bring a picnic lunch and arrive by 12.30pm.  Cora has very kindly offered to provide a pudding for after the picnic, as well as tea/coffee.  After lunch, there will be a tour of the garden by James Hamilton Stubber and head gardener, Barbara Carleton. There will also be a plant sales table and members are asked to bring along their contributions to add to those provided by the head gardener.
Location / Directions
(NB. Aughentaine is approx. 1 ½ hours drive from east coast Co. Antrim and Co. Down)
Make your way to the M1 and take it westwards towards Dungannon where it becomes the A4. Follow signs for Enniskillen passing through Clogher to Fivemiletown. At the first mini roundabout in Fivemiletown turn right for the B122 to Fintona; after 50 yards turn right again on a sharp left hand bend (also signed B122 to Fintona).
Then go down hill, passing church on right. At the bottom of the hill, on a left hand bend, turn right into Aghingowly Road, passing gates to “Blessingbourne” on right. After approximately 2½ miles turn right at T junction, the gates to Aughentaine will be ½ mile on left after left-hand bend over stone bridge.
Admission: Members free, visitors £5.  All proceeds from the visit will go to the IGPS
Lismacloskey Rectory Garden at Ulster Folk Museum @ Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Lismacloskey IGPS Volunteers, 30th Anniversary Garden Day

IGPS and museum volunteers invite you to join them in celebrating their 30th year of tending the Lismacloskey Rectory garden at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, County Down. ( http://nmni.com/uftm )

The Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey (4)

In co-operation with the Folk Museum the volunteers are hosting a garden event day with a variety of activities including flower arranging, lavender bag making, paper flower making, a talk on bee-keeping and a talk on the history of Lismacloskey.  There will also be a plant sale with an opportunity to buy some of the Lismacloskey heritage plants.

Visitors can also explore the 50 restored and authentically furnished rural and town exhibits. Set in over 170 acres of rolling countryside, telling the story of life in 19th and early 20th century Ulster.

Admission (normally £9) is FREE for IGPS members and any of their guests over the age of 50.  NO BOOKING REQUIRED – Please bring your IGPS Membership Card