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.

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 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday 8 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.

Ronald Houtman (1967) will talk about interesting ornamental garden plants, recently introduced in the Netherlands. Houtman is secretary of the Trials Committee of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society and Editor-in-Chief of the annual magazine Dendroflora, published by this society and the Dutch Dendrology Society. Houtman wrote several books, and frequently writes articles for magazines.

Houtman will show recently introduced trees, shrubs, conifers and herbaceous perennials worth using in gardens. The majority of these plants was raised in the Netherlands. Some by professional breeders, others by small growers or in private gardens. Some of these readily available, others very new to be introduced in 2018 or 2019. To broaden the context of this talk, a number of gardens in the Netherlands will be discussed as well.

A treat in store for all plants people.
The Bay Garden – with Frances MacDonald @ National Botanic Gardens
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Frances MacDonald is the Garden Tours Manager for Travel Department and guides the majority of their garden tours each year both at home and abroad.  Over the past twenty years, she has visited most of the well-known gardens in the British Isles as well as gardens in France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, China, Japan and Pennsylvania.  This talk shows some of the gardens she has visited, plants she has seen but also indicates how lucky we are to live in the temperate climate of Ireland where we can grow  those same plants from all over the world”
Perennial grasses at The Bay Garden