Garden visit to Aughentaine Estate, July 2017

Sixty- two members and guests of the IGPS had a wonderful day out to Aughentaine Estate, on the outskirts of Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, home of James and Caro Hamilton Stubber.  It was a beautiful sunny day, we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch on the front terrace and afterwards Caro very kindly treated us to a delicious pudding, tea/coffee and homemade traybakes.  We had a plant sales table and afterwards James gave a short talk on the history of the estate, illustrated by colourful photos on a large display board.
Designed in the mid 1950’s by Percy Crane, and created over the last 50 years by Mrs John Hamilton Stubber, the extensive gardens at Aughentaine cover some 12 acres and are on an elevated site with magnificent views.  They range from formal terraced herbaceous borders to planted parkland, a walled kitchen garden and an attractive woodland glen sheltering a collection of specimen rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and trees.
James and Head Gardener Barbara Carleton, guided us around the garden on a wonderful tour, pointing out special plants combined with interesting stories.  At the end of the day, Billy McCone presented the book ‘Irish Heritage Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta’ as a gift each to Caro and Barbara.  Many thanks again James, Caro and Barbara, it certainly was a fabulous day!  
Many thanks to Barbara Kelso for text and photographs.

Lafcadio Hearn Gardens, Tramore

IGPS  Munster organised a late season outing to the Lafcadio Hearn Garden in Tramore, Co. Waterford on Saturday, 15th October. There was a good attendance, reasonable weather, an excellent guided tour and a day that was enjoyed by all who attended.

Many thanks to Margaret McAuliffe who took on the role of  photographer for the day. If you would like to view a full album you can do so on the IGPS Facebook page and if you would like to read of the background story of this garden you can do so on the IGPS Blog.








A Visit to David Ledsham’s Garden – 9th March

It was a testimony to David Ledsham’s garden that we enjoyed it enormously despite poor weather conditions. We met with so many beautiful plants, so well cultivated, that is was a joy from beginning to end. Hellebore, trilliums and primulas were especially fabulous.

Here are just a few photographs of plants which caught the eye.

Primula megaesifolia

Primula megaesifolia

Polylepsis australis, fabulously shaggy bark

Polylepsis australis, fabulously shaggy bark

Narcissus minor with fritillaries

Narcissus minor with fritillaries


Many thanks to Maeve Bell for the photographs!

Munster Group Visit to Altamont Gardens, Feb. 2015