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.

Blackrock Alpine Garden @ Main St. Blackrock - exact details will be forwarded nearer event
May 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


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Our first visit of the season is to an extraordinarliy well planted garden noted for its year round colour. It is the home of an member of the Alpine Garden Society who is generously sharing his garden with us. To the front are two trees of note Cercissiliquastrum and Cornus controversa Variegata with aquilegia and paeonies in abundance.

The back garden leads us along to a sunken garden and summer house using a variety of materials to divide this space into rooms. Without giving away too many spoilers look out for the snowdrop tree (Helesia diptera) and Cornus “Eddie’s White Wonder”. Herbaceous plants include Ranunculus aconitifolius, Deutiza and Myosotidium hortensia. Bring your camera!

This event is free. However a €5 donation to the owner’s chosen charity would be appreciated.

As this is a private garden, the exact location will be forwarded to attendees the weekend prior to the event.

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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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