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.
Montalto is a well known wedding venue in an extensive estate with a walled garden adjoining the house, a lake, propagating houses, many architectural features, extensive planting, stable yard etc
The head gardener PETER HARRIS who is a member of the Society will be guiding the visit and describing the future plans for this impressive estate / garden
From Belfast proceed through Ballynahinch then turn right for Spa. After about a mile the gated entrance to the estate is on the right. Follow the long drive towards the house.
Coffee / tea and biscuits included in admission.
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
YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING A PICNIC.
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.
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 not yet active! – It will be activated in early June)
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.
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.