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. There will be events which will be restricted to members only – perhaps because of the size of the garden and the need to restrict numbers or because this is the wish of the garden owner – and, on these occasions, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate non-members.

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.

Shell Houses and their Artists @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 12 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Shell Houses and their Artists

Gerald and Margaret Hull will give us an illustrated talk on the value and significance of shell houses throughout the British Isles from the early 18th century to the present day. Their illustrations will feature shell houses and grottoes from Ireland including Dangan Castle, Castletown and Curraghmore. There will be a particular emphasis on the work of the noted botanical artist, Mary Delany, who lived in Glasnevin. Shell houses continue to be built today and Gerald and Margaret will introduce us to some of these contemporary structures.


Gerald and Margaret Hull visit us from Bath to where they have retired after 30 years’ lecturing/teaching in Ireland. They have spent the last 6 years visiting and cataloguing grottoes and shell houses in garden landscapes across the British Isles and the Mediterranean. Their publications include: Conchinilia Journey- British and Irish Shell Artists; Conchinilia Journey II and A Sublime Shell House Arcadianza! Female Creativity in the Changing Design, Decoration and Restoration of British Shell Houses 1800 – 2000.

Planting with Bees (and Other Pollinators) in Mind – with Mary Montaut @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 23 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Planting with Bees (and Other Pollinators) in Mind



No matter how small a space you may have to plant flowers, Mary Montaut aims to help you choose plants which will encourage both honey bees and wild pollinators to visit.  Mary will show how attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden will have the added benefit of increasing your yield of crops of soft and tree fruits too.


Mary Montaut has been keeping honey bees in her garden in Wicklow for the past twenty years. Her passion for gardening began as a child when Mary was inspired by her favourite aunt who lived close to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Mary is currently editor of An Beachaire, the Irish beekeeping journal.   All welcome.