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.

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

A Visit to Áras an Úachtaráin
Sep 9 @ 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

A rare treat for members of the Irish Garden Plant Society. A tour of the gardens of the home of the President of the Republic of Ireland. The extensive, mature gardens at Áras an Uachtaráinhost an extensive dahlia collection and September is the perfect time to see them at their best. The Dahlia bed was designed by the well-known Irish nurseryman, Christopher White, and includes many Irish cultivars such as D. John Markham and D.Aggie White. But it’s not just about dahlias: we will visit other parts of the 130 acre garden including the Victorian formal gardens, and the award winning vegetables garden. For more information on the gardens click here


A coach will depart from the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre at 10.50 to take us directly into Áras an Uachtaráin. The tour of the gardens will last 1 hour 30 minutes approximately. There is a €10 charge for the coach which will be collected on the day. The tour of the gardens is free.

There is plenty of parking at the Visitor Centre and you might like to avail of tea/coffee at their café. Adjacent to the Visitor Centre is a superb Victorian Walled Garden which supplies food to the cafe. Tours of the Walled Garden by some of the gardeners are open to the public and will be held at 12.30 after our tour, if you wish to join in. Also in the Phoenix Park is Farmleigh House, the State’s B&B, well worth a visit .


For security resons this is a members only tour. If you are not a member you might like to join .

Small bags and cameras permitted but no rucksacks please.

The tour is limited to 40 so reserve your place before it’s too late!