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.

A visit to CASTLE DOBBS. @ See directions below
Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

This castle/garden has a fascinating history and I would recommend a visit to the web site for some background information on the Dobbs family.

The present house of 1730 stands in a splendid position overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Down shore. Features include woodland, parkland and avenue trees with vestiges of a formal garden from an earlier house. There is a landscaped park for the 18th century house with a lake, a bridge and a cascade.

There is a walled garden looks that looks magnificent.

David Ledsham, with whom I’m sure you are all familiar, and a personal friend of the family, will be conducting the visit




From Belfast drive through Carrickfergus and on to Kilroot, turn left into Tongue Loanen and proceed to the entrance to the estate which will be indicated.



Visit to Helen Dillon’s New Garden @ Helen Dillon
Jul 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit to Helen Dillon’s new garden
Helen Dillon, honorary IGPS member and gardener extraordinaire, has downsized to suburban coastal Monkstown. Join us as we tour her delightful new garden and see how she has transformed it in her own inimitable way.
This is a members-only event and limited to 20. Tickets will go on sale on 1st June: Eventbrite
Bookings will close on the 25th of July or earlier if booked out.

A visit to ASHFIELD HOUSE @ Ashfield
Aug 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Please note a change to arrival time: 

The owners of Ashfield House would like us to arrive at 12 noon for the guided tour of their garden.

They have been very kind to allow us to visit and will serving refreshments after the garden tour.


A traditional Irish house and estate with stables, an extensive garden and surrounding planting. Fully functioning walled garden serving both the kitchen and the social needs of the family. Respecting its original layout ornamental planting surrounding the house and embracing the existing mature trees and shrubs. Within this and beyond are many Icons relating to Irish History and Mythology giving the garden a fascinating and unique atmosphere!

The remodelling of the garden was completed over several years by two of the society’s expert gardeners.

Mike Snowden, who you may know, among his many achievements, from his time as Head Gardener at Rowallane, focused on the major transformation of the walled garden.

Accomplished garden designer Angela Jupe, was responsible for re-designing other areas of the extensive gardens.

We are very fortunate to have both Mike and Angela as our guides.

NOTE – The visit is limited to 60 (Members only) and must be booked on line through EVENTBRITE (Link will be active on Monday, June 11th). Tickets are free to members but you must book for the event. You can read full details on the Eventbrite page. 


From the North through Slane over the River Boyne on the N2 continue past the turn off to Newgrange approximately 2 miles turn right on to the L1013 just before Brink Service Station.

From the South N2 to Brink Service Station turn immediately on to L1013

After approximately half a mile Ashfield is on the Left with a gated entrance midway along the estate wall.


Ulster Folk and Transport Museum: Garden Event and Plant Sale @ Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Aug 8 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, County Down

WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2018, 1.30pm to 4pm



IGPS and museum staff invite you to their garden-themed afternoon.  There will be a variety of activities, including miniature garden making, willow flower making and other garden crafts.

Free refreshments plus soda bread from the Rectory griddle will be on offer with Irish musicians playing in the background.

The plant sale will feature Irish heritage plants and gardening books.

A ceremonial tree planting of an Irish juniper, gifted by the IGPS committee, is planned for 2.30pm.

Visitors will be able to explore the many historic rural and town buildings dotted about in the Folk Museum’s 170 acres.

Admission is free for IGPS members (please show your IGPS membership card) and members of the public over the age of 50, after 12.

Offers of plant material very welcome – please contact one of the Northern committee members.

Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


A three acre country garden developed over thirty years. Fine specimen trees and shrubs, herbaceous beds and borders, water features, gravel garden and woodland area under-planted with shade loving plants and much, much more



From Armagh City take the Keady Road A29, drive 2.5 miles along and opposite a row of cottages, turn left into Ennislare Road, take the second left on Ennislare Road and house is first on the right.