Irish Heritage Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta

Hot off the presses – an advance copy of “Irish Heritage Plants/Plandaí Oidhreachta” the result of a project between the Irish Garden Plant Society and the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. The project has been generously and enthusiastically supported by the National Botanic Gardens (The Office of Public Works), An Bord Bia and by the County Wexford Garden and Flower Club.

The opening of the exhibition of botanical art and the launch of the book will be on Saturday, 12th November at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin – by invitation only to all IGPS and ISBA members. The exhibition will continue to early December and the book will be on sale during that time.


There will be further events at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, on the 19th of November where contributors to the book will make a presentation and on the 26th when the artists will give demonstrations of their work. These latter events are open to the public and we would be delighted to see you there.




The book is not yet on sale but may be ordered online  from The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and will be available at the National Botanic Gardens from Sunday, 13th November, onwards.

I have been involved in this project and am absolutely delighted with the final product and am sure you will be also. Here are some sample pages from the book – simply photographed at home, I’m afraid, but enough to give you a peep into the beauty of the illustrations, all done by members of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.



Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Would you like to purchase our upcoming book: “Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta?


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Gloxinia sylvatica 'Glasnevin Jubilee' by Heather Byers

Gloxinia sylvatica ‘Glasnevin Jubilee’ by Heather Byers

Heritage Irish Plants – Plandaí Oidhreachta: Place a Pre-publication order now! €25

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists and The Irish Garden Plant Society have joined forces in a project titled Plandaí Oidhreachta, which celebrates our Heritage Plants. It highlights the wealth of good Irish Garden Plants and celebrates the beauty of botanical illustration. In late 2016, the end product of the collaboration will be an exhibition of original paintings and an accompanying book. The book will feature articles on a variety of plant themes that highlight Irish Garden Plants, especially those that came to being post the year 2000. Our latest snowdrops, dahlias and sweet pea will be featured along with primroses, iris and daffodils, among others groups of plants, including garden plants selected from the native Irish flora. We are happy to offer Society members and friends the opportunity to support this endeavour by pre-subscribing to the book. Measuring 240 x 260cm and with over 100 pages of content, it will be lavishly illustrated with botanical illustrations both old and new, and printed on high quality, silk-finish paper. Threescore artists, and more have been painting for the book in 2015 and early 2016.


The ISBA is handling pre-publication orders of the book: Please visit their website: Irish Botanical Artists for details. Heritae Irish Plants Publication Brochure 1