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.

Farewell to the Zoo with Stephen Butler. @ Dublin Zoo
Jun 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

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IGPS member and hertiage plant expert Stephen Butler will retire on the 30 June after 34 years as curator of the gardens at the Zoo. Come along and walk with him as he guides us through his years of work and how he has transformed the Zoo for both visitor and animal.

As Stephen explains, “Over the past 30 years Dublin Zoo has, like many older zoos, undergone a radical change to how animals are kept, completely changing the old style approach that had no sign of interdependence or co-evolution, and had no attempt at creating a natural habitat for the animals. Our inspiration for new developments always comes from the wild, and we try to imitate the natural habitat to stimulate not just the animals, but the zoo visitors as well, immersing them in landscaped surroundings where our design hides buildings and fences, and our planting palette reflects the wild. Many of the plants used will be familiar to gardeners, but maybe we use them differently! There are also challenges selecting plants that the animals will not eat to make their habitat more interesting.”

While the general public may visit a zoo to see and learn about the animals, Dublin Zoo has a deserved reputation as a garden in its own right attracting garden tours and horticulturalists from around the world. It is the home of Libertia Butlerii – named, as you can probebly guess, for Stephen.

The Leinster Committee hope to see as many of you as possible for this visit.

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Summer Lunch @ Warble Bank Garden
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Lunch
This year’s Summer Lunch marks a change in pattern for this event: we will incorporate two gardens – both being visited by the IGPS for the first time.

We will start at 11am with Anne Condell of Warblebank Garden. The Condell family have lived here for many generations and Anne would be delighted to tell you the history of the garden which has been lovingly looked after by Anne and by her late mother over the years. Warblebank Garden is home to many unusual varieties of aconitums, astrantias and geraniums.

After our tour lasting just over an hour, we will then head the short distance to Cloncallow, the home of the Kennedy’s. This is a family affair with Mum Noreen as head gardener, Dad being dragged in on occasion and of course the main event here – our summer lunch by daughter Ella. With an entrance framed by two myrtle trees, there is a duck pond home to 5 resident ducks. A gentle slope draws us down to a natural stream which has been planted up and restored over the last 12 years. Lilies are a particular favorite of mum Noreen. The polytunnels are where much of our organic lunch will be sourced – tomoatoes, courgettes and a wide variey of salads, Cloncallow also boasts many fruit trees to cater for our dessert, apricots and strawberries have been mentioned!

Bookings close the 2nd July.

Plants from both of the gardens will be for sale at the end of the day along with jams, preserves and free range duck eggs from Cloncallow.

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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.