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.

In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker with Seamus O’Brien @ Antrim Old Courthouse
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker with Seamus O'Brien @ Antrim Old Courthouse

‘In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker’ with Seamus O’Brien 

This is a lecture and book-signing event with books for sale on the evening.


Joseph Dalton Hooker ranks as the greatest botanical explorer of the 19th century.  From 1848-1851, he explored the Himalayan ranges of east Nepal and Sikkim, discovering a plethora of new plants, the seeds of which he sent to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.  Some of those seedlings found their way to Ireland and inspired by those growing at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Seamus O’Brien led four expeditions ‘In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker’.  His talk (and book signing) recounts those journeys.

Seamus O’Brien is Head Gardener at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow.

Books, signed by Seamus, will be available at a discounted price.

This is our Autumn lecture in Association with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.

Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening. Everyone is welcome!