Plant Collections

The Irish Garden Plant Society co-ordinates Plant Collections held within Ireland under the umbrella of Plant Heritage (National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens) NCCPG, which was founded in 1978 in repsonse to concerns about plant conservation in gardens. Collections can embrace species and cultivars, and collection holders can become specialists in their chosen genus, reflected by the awarding of “Scientific” status to the collection. The collection holder can be a professional or amateur gardener, botanist, or conservationist, and the collection, depending on the genus chosen, can vary from “species only” to certain hybrids within a genus, or even a historical collection based on a person, nursery, or garden, or a particular time.

For more information about collections please see the Plant Heritage website – or contact your nearest Collection coordinator from the details listed here:

Northern Ireland Reg Maxwell maxwellp49@yahoo.co.uk – Phone +44 (0)28 944 39398

Republic of  Ireland Stephen Butler sbutler@dublinzoo.ie – Phone +353 (0) 1 474 8930 

There are thirteen collections listed for Ireland at present, the details of which are given below.

There is a new collection of Hosta, see contact details . Note: in 2012 The Escallonia collection has been withdrawn by Mr. David Gilliland because of losses during hard winters and collections in Mount Stewart are being reassessed and are now under Reserve Collection status.

Dianella (9 types)

Mr. Neill Porteous
The National Trust,
Mount Stewart Garden, Greyabbey, Newtownards, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Email: neill.porteous@nationaltrust.org.uk

Eucryphia (24 types)

Lady Anthea Forde
Seaforde Gardens, Seaforde, Co.Down, N. Ireland
Email: plants@seafordegardens.com

Eucryphia (26 types) and Nothofaguas (16 types)

Mr. Sean Heffernan,
Head Gardener, Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Email: info@mountushergardens.ie

Garrya (10 types)

The Director,
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Tel: 018040300
botanicgardens@opw.ie

Hosta (1,516 types)

Mr. Ian Scroggy
Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery,
42 Largy Road, Carnlough, Ballymena,Co. Antrim. Northern Ireland, UK. BT440EZ
Tel: 0044 2828885289
balihainursery@btinternet.com
www.mailorderplants4me.com

Libertia (22 types)

Mr. Neill Porteous
The National Trust,
Mount Stewart Garden, Greyabbey, Newtownards, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Email: neill.porteous@nationaltrust.org.uk

Libertia (20 types)

Mr. Stephen Butler
Curator of Horticulture,
Dublin Zoo, Co. Dublin
Email: sbutler@dublinzoo.ie

Narcissus (400 types)

(Guy Wilson Introductions)

Mr. A.N.B. Campbell
Guy L. Wilson Daffodil Garden
University of Ulster at Coleraine, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry
N. Ireland, BT52 15A
Email: anb.Campbell@ulst.ac.uk

Olearia (50 types)

Talbot Botanic Gardens, Malahide Castle
Senior Parks Superintendent
Parks Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords,
Dublin 1, Ireland
Email: fergal.duignan@fingalcoco.ie

Phormium (52 types)

Mr. Neill Porteous
The National Trust,
Mount Stewart Garden, Greyabbey, Newtownards, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Email: neill.porteous@nationaltrust.org.uk

Potentilla fruticosa (226 types)

Mr. K. Halpenny
Senior Executive Parks Superintendent
Parks Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords,
Dublin 1, Ireland
Tel:018905634
Email: parks@fingalcoco.ie