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.

“How Plants Will Save the World” – Dr. Eoin Lettice @ Northridge House
Oct 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Dr. Eoin Lettice is a Plant Scientist and lecturer at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork.

As well as his academic pursuits he is also an avid communicator with his blog and active Twitter posts along with regular contributions to The Guardian.

His talk is sure to be interesting and entertaining.


New members and non-members are very welcome.

Come along, enjoy the talk, the cuppa and chat afterwards! 

Fota Island – A Guided Tour with the Headgardener! @ Fota Island
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

David O’Regan has been the Headgardener at Fota Island for many years and has an intimate knowledge of the history, development and future plans of the garden. David has also been a member of the IGPS for many years, was very active in the Munster branch for quite a few years and was Chairperson in Munster for a time.

A guided tour of the gardens with David will ensure you see much more than you would on a walkabout on your own; you will no  longer be puzzled by unusual trees and shrubs but will have them named  for you and their backgrounds recalled. Such a tour is always the very best way to enjoy and learn about a garden and will make future visits all the more a pleasure also. So, come along well in time for our eleven o’ clock start and have a good day with us.

If you are a non-member you are still most welcome to join us – we will make a small charge as we must do this as it is a demand of our insurance policy.

Fota House will be closed at the time of our visit so local suggestions for lunch would be Bramley Lodge or Ballyseedy Garden Centre.

It would be a great help if you dropped an email to Margaret McAuliffe to let her know you intend attending


Matthew Pottage: “Wisley – The New Chapter of the Flagship Garden of the RHS! @ Northridge House
Nov 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Matthew Pottage (photograph courtesy of The Telegraph newspaper)

Matthew Pottage, at 29, is the youngest person to be appointed Curator at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley.

While his parents were not interested in gardening Matthew’s grandparents were and he was soon busy about the garden. He has an early childhood memory of building a den under a hypericum in his parents’ garden and of a fascination with Monkey Puzzle trees – fortunately, an RHS bursary later allowed him to visit Chile to see the Monkey Puzzles there

Matthew arrived at Wisley as a trainee gardener before being given an permanent position. Over the years he managed the team looking after the woodland areas before progressing to the position of garden manager and then deputy curator.  After only 12 years at Wisley  he was appointed Curator, managing the gardens with 75 gardening staff.

His arrived at Wisley was at a time of great change with the visitor facilities being remodelled, the landscape being redesigned, the old laboratory being changed to an exhibition space and new science buildings being built. it is a time of change, energy and excitement and Matthew is at the helm.

With such a background and holding such a position Matthew’s talk is bound to be an interesting one.


There will also be a plant sale on the night.

New members and non-members are very welcome.

Come along, enjoy the talk, the cuppa and chat afterwards! 

Rory Newell: “The Propagator’s Diary” @ Northridge House
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Rory Newell is the Head Propagator Blarney Castle Gardens and his talk “The propagator’s diary” will take us through a year in the life at Blarney Castle from the propagator’s point of view, covering everything from the collections to recent Vietnamese trips and the IGPS garden at Blarney in Bloom 2016.

Rory took the scenic route to horticulture – via time as a DJ and a sales job to study at the Waterford Institute of Technology. It seems he has found his great love in life and is an enthusiastic and accomplished gardener now based at Blarney Castle Gardens where he the Head Propagator.

His attention in recent years has been on propagating material which he collected with others from Blarney on recent trips to Vietnam so we can be sure Rory will introduce us to a new and interesting range of plants with comments on his successes and failures.

Rory has also turned his talents to garden design and lead the team in building the Blarney Castle/IGPS garden for Blarney in Bloom 2016.

We will have some festive nibbles on the night.

New members and visitors welcome.

Join us for the talk and stay for the chat and a cuppa