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.

Autumn Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens @ Rowallane Gardens,
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Plant sale is organised as part of the National Trust’s Autumn Plant Sale at Rowallane and is an opportunity to acquire plants from both amateur and professional growers. Light refreshments and lunch can be enjoyed at the National Trust’s cafe in the gardens and, of course there will be plenty of opportunity to enjoy the grounds in one of Northern Ireland’s finest gardens.

Donations of good quality plants and help on the stand would be very welcome. Plants may be left in advance with Agnes Peacocke, 15 Finnebrogue Road, Downpatrick co. Down BT30 9AA Tel: 02844612766 or email Agnes on apeacocke@hotmail.co.uk.  Alternatively plants can be dropped off at Rowallane from 9am on the morning of the sale.
Note: The Head Gardener has asked that all visitors use the main car park as the drop off point when bringing plants to the IGPS stall as the main route along the front of Rowallane House is pedestrianised. There will be a signposted route for stall holders.”

“How Plants Will Save the World” – Dr. Eoin Lettice @ Northridge House
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dr. Eoin Lettice is a Plant Scientist and lecturer at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork.

As well as his academic pursuits he is also an avid communicator with his blog and active Twitter posts along with regular contributions to The Guardian.

His talk is sure to be interesting and entertaining.


New members and non-members are very welcome.

Come along, enjoy the talk, the cuppa and chat afterwards! 

Fota Island – A Guided Tour with the Headgardener! @ Fota Island
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

David O’Regan has been the Headgardener at Fota Island for many years and has an intimate knowledge of the history, development and future plans of the garden. David has also been a member of the IGPS for many years, was very active in the Munster branch for quite a few years and was Chairperson in Munster for a time.

A guided tour of the gardens with David will ensure you see much more than you would on a walkabout on your own; you will no  longer be puzzled by unusual trees and shrubs but will have them named  for you and their backgrounds recalled. Such a tour is always the very best way to enjoy and learn about a garden and will make future visits all the more a pleasure also. So, come along well in time for our eleven o’ clock start and have a good day with us.

If you are a non-member you are still most welcome to join us – we will make a small charge as we must do this as it is a demand of our insurance policy.

Fota House will be closed at the time of our visit so local suggestions for lunch would be Bramley Lodge or Ballyseedy Garden Centre.

It would be a great help if you dropped an email to Margaret McAuliffe to let her know you intend attending


Making sense of the Iridaceae with Julian Sutton @ National Botanic Gardens
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Julian Sutton – ‘Making sense of the Iridaceae’.
Julian is co-owner with his wife Sarah of Desirable Plants Nursery in Devon.
This is a joint lecture in association with the Alpine Garden Society.
Leinster Plant Sale @ Marino Institute of Education,
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Leinster Plant Sale @ Marino Institute of Education,
A new venue.                       Plenty of parking.                       Coffee shop on site.
Donations can be left at the Institute from Monday 16th October.Rare& Unusual Plants, Herbaceous, Bulbs and much more.

Driving Directions:

From M50 –

After the WestLink toll on the M50, drive towards the Airport.  Take Exit 3 onto the M1.  Drive on the M1 toward City Centre, and after the Regency Hotel (on your left hand side) take the next left turn onto Griffith Avenue.  At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, take a left into Charlemont Estate, and the entrance to Marino Institute of Education is on your right.

From Dublin Airport –

At the Airport, take the M1 southbound towards City Centre.  Do not take the Tunnel.  Drive on the M1 toward City Centre, and after the Regency Hotel (on your left hand side) take the next left turn onto Griffith Avenue.  At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, take a left into Charlemont Estate, and the entrance to Marino Institute of Education is on your right.

From Dublin City Centre –

From the top of O’Connell Street, drive past Parnell Square to the Drumcondra Road.

Follow signs for the Airport.

After the Skylon Hotel, (left hand side), take a right at the next large crossroads onto Griffith Avenue.  At the fourth set of traffic lights on Griffith Avenue, take a left into Charlemont Estate, and the entrance to Marino Institute of Education is on your right.

Public Transport to/from City Centre:

A convenient bus service – the 123 bus – operates from Griffith Avenue to the city centre. The nearest bus stop is on Griffith Avenue on the opposite side of the road, to the left of the Charlemont gates. Returning from the city suitable bus stops for the 123 Bus are to be found at Bewley’s Westmoreland Street, O Connell Street (Outside Penney’s Shop) and Cathal Brugha Street.

From Heuston Station – take the Luas to Abbey Street, and just outside Penney’s, O’Connell Street is the 123  bus stop, that travels directly to Marino Institute of Education.  The journey doesn’t take more than twenty minutes, usually.

From Connolly Station – you could take the Dart to Contarf Road station, and turn left then right, up the Malahide Road.  Marino Institute of Education is approximately fifteen minutes walk away.  Alternatively, the following buses run very regularly from Connolly Station – 27C, 29A and 42A.  These take you via the Malahide Road, which is a short walk down Griffith Avenue, to Marino Institute of Education.

From Dublin Airport – Bus routes 41 & 41B go to the City Centre from the airport, via the Swords Road.  Get off the bus at the Regency Hotel, walk down the Swords Road, take the next left onto Griffith Avenue.  Continue until you reach Charlemont Estate, turn left into the estate and Marino Institute of Education is on your right.  The walk from the bus stop should take approximately ten minutes.

Enquiries: igps.leinster@gmail
Timothy Walker – ‘A Blaze of Glory – Making your garden colourful in the autumn’ @ The Old Courthouse,
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Timothy is a botanist and currently lectures in plant sciences in Somerville College, University of Oxford.  His talk aims to show how to have colour in your garden right through the autumn until the first frosts using different flowers, leaves and fruit.  It also includes how the autumn borders at Oxford Botanic Garden were conceived and constructed and it finishes with a look at autumn colour in a small garden belonging to his wife.
Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening.  This is our Autumn lecture in Association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
Matthew Pottage: “Wisley – The New Chapter of the Flagship Garden of the RHS! @ Northridge House
Nov 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Matthew Pottage (photograph courtesy of The Telegraph newspaper)

Matthew Pottage, at 29, is the youngest person to be appointed Curator at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley.

While his parents were not interested in gardening Matthew’s grandparents were and he was soon busy about the garden. He has an early childhood memory of building a den under a hypericum in his parents’ garden and of a fascination with Monkey Puzzle trees – fortunately, an RHS bursary later allowed him to visit Chile to see the Monkey Puzzles there

Matthew arrived at Wisley as a trainee gardener before being given an permanent position. Over the years he managed the team looking after the woodland areas before progressing to the position of garden manager and then deputy curator.  After only 12 years at Wisley  he was appointed Curator, managing the gardens with 75 gardening staff.

His arrived at Wisley was at a time of great change with the visitor facilities being remodelled, the landscape being redesigned, the old laboratory being changed to an exhibition space and new science buildings being built. it is a time of change, energy and excitement and Matthew is at the helm.

With such a background and holding such a position Matthew’s talk is bound to be an interesting one.


There will also be a plant sale on the night.

New members and non-members are very welcome.

Come along, enjoy the talk, the cuppa and chat afterwards! 

The Plant Collections at RHS Garden Hyde Hall – with Rob Brett @ National Botanic Gardens
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Rob Brett is the curator of RHS Garden at Hyde Hall, Essex and will talk about the extensive and interesting plant collection at Hyde Hall and his journey there via Cambridge Botanic Gardens and the Eden Project.

Hyde Hall – photograph courtesy of the Royal Horticultural Society website.

Rory Newell: “The Propagator’s Diary” @ Northridge House
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Rory Newell is the Head Propagator Blarney Castle Gardens and his talk “The propagator’s diary” will take us through a year in the life at Blarney Castle from the propagator’s point of view, covering everything from the collections to recent Vietnamese trips and the IGPS garden at Blarney in Bloom 2016.

Rory took the scenic route to horticulture – via time as a DJ and a sales job to study at the Waterford Institute of Technology. It seems he has found his great love in life and is an enthusiastic and accomplished gardener now based at Blarney Castle Gardens where he the Head Propagator.

His attention in recent years has been on propagating material which he collected with others from Blarney on recent trips to Vietnam so we can be sure Rory will introduce us to a new and interesting range of plants with comments on his successes and failures.

Rory has also turned his talents to garden design and lead the team in building the Blarney Castle/IGPS garden for Blarney in Bloom 2016.

We will have some festive nibbles on the night.

New members and visitors welcome.

Join us for the talk and stay for the chat and a cuppa 

‘A View from the Palmhouse’ with Matthew Jebb @ Malone House
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The IGPS are delighted to welcome Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.  
Join us as he shares with us a wide ranging talk about Greek education, plant evolution, the 1801 act of Union, St.Patrick’s flag, Viking agriculture, alien invasive plants and climate change.
Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening. 
This lecture is in Association with Belfast City Council.