Mount Congreve – A National Treasure

IGPS Munster hosted Paddy Tobin with his talk on Mount Congreve Gardens at their new venue at Northridge House, St. Luke’s Home, in Blackrock. There was a very good attendance and the talk will certainly entice people to make the journey to Waterford to visit these excellent gardens. Mount Congreve Gardens are hosting the Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, 14th May, which might be a good opportunity to visit.

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The venue is proving to  be very convenient with excellent parking and facilities for a chat and refreshments afterwards.

Keep an eye out for our next event which will be an outing to Lismore Castle and Tourin House on the 20th of May – details will be posted in the Events section here on the website and also on Facebook.

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.

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IGPS at Fota Plant Fair.

 

 

Blarney stand at Fota with Bruno Nicolai  (3)

The Plant Fair at Fota Island today with Bruno Nicolai promoting the Irish Garden Plant Society at the Blarney Castle Garden stand reminding all to come to the Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July

There was a huge attendance at the Plant Fair at Fota Island on Sunday, 17th April, and the IGPS had a presence there, sharing a stand with Blarney Castle Gardens to both promote the upcoming Blarney in Bloom Festival on the 10th of July and to promote the IGPS itself.

Bruno Nicolai, Chairperson of IGPS Munster, was at the stand and reported a very good response from those attending the fair. Bruno will also be at the upcoming Clare Garden Festival to promote interest in the IGPS and to deliver a talk.

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Caught by surprise!

Caught by surprise!

 

 

 

Oliver Schurmann – ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’

A Report from Adam Whitbourn on Oliver Schurmann’s IGPS Munster lecture  ‘Prairie Style Gardening in an Irish Climate’on Tue 1st March.

Photo: LtoR – Oliver Schurmann (Mount Venus Nursery), Martin Edwardes (IGPS Munster Committee), Adam Whitbourn (IGPS Munster Committee)

Photo: LtoR – Oliver Schurmann (Mount Venus Nursery), Martin Edwardes (IGPS Munster Committee), Adam Whitbourn (IGPS Munster Committee)


Oliver gave an extremely interesting and informative lecture. His passion and knowledge of plants and great eye for design were evident throughout. He described his formative days of training in Germany where he first saw the prairie style of planting which influenced his development as a horticulturalist. He talked about the idea of bringing plant communities into the garden and used various examples of natural meadows and prairies from Ireland and abroad. He made many plant suggestions both as effective combinations and single specimens and took us through some gardens that he had designed and planted. I went away with a long wish list of plants which I will try to source at Oliver’s own Mount Venus Nursery in Rathfarnam, Dublin.

 

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon in Cork

There was a big attendance for Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork on the 3rd of November.

Well done to all on the Munster Committee for their work in preparation for the event and on the evening itself.

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon speaking in Cork

Helen Dillon with Bruno Nicolai and Martin Edwardes

Helen Dillon with Bruno Nicolai and Martin Edwardes

Some of the audience at Helen Dillon's talk in Cork

Some of the audience at Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork

Part of the audience at Helen Dillon's talk in Cork

Part of the audience at Helen Dillon’s talk in Cork

IGPS Munster Plant Sale at Blarney in Bloom 2015

IGPS at Blarney Castle 2015

Munster Group Visit to Altamont Gardens, Feb. 2015