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: A Sikkim Adventure – Book Launch @ National Botanic Gardens
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Leinster Committee is delighted that Patricia Butler will launch  Seamus O’Brien’s new book In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure. The launch will take place in the auditorium of the Visitors Centre in Glasnevin on Friday 12th October at 7pm.

Seamus O’Brien


This is a much anticipated book on the travels of the renowned plant hunter, cartographer and geographer, Joseph Dalton Hooker. In this region of the Himalaya, Hooker collected a vast quantity of seed which he sent to his father, Sir William Hooker, then director of Kew. Hooker identified an abundance of  rhododendron species in Sikkim, many to be found today not only in Kew but also in Kilmacurragh and elsewhere. It was the desire to see these plants growing in the wild which brought Seamus to Sikkim on expeditions between 2012 and 2015  and retrace Hooker’s footsteps. The book intertwines the stories of both expeditions accompanied by over 500 coloured images and 60 black and whites.


Due to the expected demand, both from IGPS members and the general public, this is a ticketed event with everyone required to book a seat in the auditorium. A signed copy of the book is included in the price of the seat. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Teak House, the glasshouse adjacent to the Car Park. There will be time there to chat to Seamus and catch up with other gardening enthusiasts. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Book Launch: In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – with Séamus O’Brien @ Fota House
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The IGPS is delighted that Kristin Jameson will launch Séamus O’Brien’s latest book, In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure, at Fota House on October 20th.

Seamus O’Brien has made several journeys to the Kingdom of Sikkim following the journeys of the famous plant hunter and cartographer Joseph Dalton Hooker. Séamus was inspired by his reading Hooker’s accounts of his travels, the wonderful plants he introduced, some of which grow at the National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, which is in Séamus’ charge.

With this background, Séamus travelled throughout the Kingdom following in the footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker, and using his sketches and illustrations in his books to compare the country as it is now with how it was in Hooker’s time. The book combines Séamus’ travels and those of Hooker in a wonderful narrative.

Séamus will introduce the book at the book launch with insights into his time in Sikkim so it will be an informative and enjoyable occasion. Books will be available on the day.

Admission to this event is free but, with demand on places, it is necessary to register your intention of attending and you can do this via this link to Eventbrite