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.”

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.
‘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.
‘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.