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.

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.
The Magic of Snowdrops – with Assumpta Broomfield @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 20 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Join galanthophile Assumpta Broomfield as she takes us on a trip around Ireland to tell us about Irish snowdrops, their origins and their discoveries. An education for all! 
The Story of Blarney Castle Gardens – with Adam Whitbourn @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Adam Whitbourn, head gardener at Blarney Castle gardens, will give an insight into the history and development of the gardens at this world famous landmark. Adam will give us a virtual tour of some of the highlights, as well as explaining ongoing projects such as the Irish Heritage Plant collection, his internet based tree tagging system and results from recent collecting trips in Vietnam.
This is a joint lecture with the Alpine Garden Society.

Blarney Castle Garden – photograph from Blarney Castle Garden website.

Plants and Pictures – with Ronald Houtman @ National Botanic Gardens
Mar 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday 15 March 2018 at 8pm NBG Glasnevin: Ronald Houtman.
Dutch horticulturalist Ronald Houtman of plantsandpictures.com will speak about new plants and cultivars especially those of Dutch origin along with a selection of some of his personal favourites.
A treat in store for all plants people.
‘Garden Inspirations’ with Andrea Jones @ The Old Courthouse,
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Andrea has photographed gardens professionally for over twenty years and is now one of the world’s foremost garden photographers. Her many varied assignments have taken her around the globe, working on books, magazines and newspaper assignments.

The prairie meadow and shed

There is nothing quite like visiting gardens to get ideas for designing your own and in this illustrated talk Andrea hopes to show you many that will inspire and trigger ideas for your own or your clients. As a garden photographer, Andrea has had more opportunities than most to visit not just gardens open to the public but some very private gardens too – and in many countries around the world. The range of styles in which gardens have been created is quite phenomenal and she tries not to miss any opportunity to visit a new one.
The talk will include many illustrations and Andrea will look at many types of garden styles, including prairie, geometric, dry, landscaped, gravel, water, exotic, contemporary, modern, minimal, oriental and night.
Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening.  This is our Spring lecture in Association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
The Bay Garden – with Frances MacDonald @ National Botanic Gardens
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Frances MacDonald is co-owner with husband Iain of The Bay Garden in Co Wexford. Frances also gives guided tours of the the great gardens of England and continental Europe through her work with The Travel Department. More details to follow on what will be an entertaining lecture for all. 

Perennial grasses at The Bay Garden