Lost Camera?

Were you with the IGPS group which visited Mildred Stokes’ garden on Sunday afternoon – part of the AGM weekend events?   Did you leave your camera behind. If you did, please let us know – via the Facebook page, if you wish, or contact Margaret McAuliffe: igps.munster@gmail.com

Visit to Seaforde Gardens, 11th May, 2019

Over 70 members and their guests enjoyed a sunny afternoon touring the gardens and grounds of Seaforde in the company of their owner, Lady Anthea Forde. The resident peacocks screeched at us as we started our visit in the historic walled garden enjoying the collection of trees and shrubs, especially the many species and hybrid […]

A Garden Can Be Anywhere!

A Garden Can Be Anywhere!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  April 4, 2019 We live in an age of concern about the wholesomeness of our food, about the widespread use of pesticides and artificial fertilisers, about food miles, the use of preservatives, artificial additives and colourants. We are aware of the industrialisation of food production and processing, the erosion […]

Island Gardens – Book Review

Island Gardens  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  April 3, 2019 We attach a certain magic to islands, as we do to other remote natural areas – mountains, remote seashores and the like. We regard them as special places, places apart, places where we may be in more intimate contact with nature, places of beauty, of wildness, of ruggedness, […]

Monsters under Glass – A Review

Literally taken by the Venus Fly Trap.  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  March 7, 2019 The title was “Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers, 1850 to the Present” and I misinterpreted it completely. I’m sure you, like me, might have expected something about glasshouse plants and their cultivation but I was wrong and it was nothing of the […]

Two Men Went to Mow – A Review

At the Cutting Edge!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  March 12, 2019 Two Men Went to Mow: The Obsession, Impact & History of Lawn Mowing by Clive Gravett – A Review The maintenance of the domestic lawn has been portrayed for many years as a male obsession; man and machine in a co-operative striving to produce and maintain the […]

Gardenlust – A Review

Gardenlust by Christopher Woods – A Review This is a book which will gladden the heart of any gardener as we read of the vibrancy, enthusiasm, creativity and beauty of gardens worldwide. In the face of climate change, urbanisation, species loss, deforestation etc, garden creators around the world respond with positivity, a get up and go, […]

Bob Brown at Antrim Old Courthouse

There was a full house for the talk by Bob Brown in Antrim Old Courthouse on 21st March. Called My 30 Best Plants, Bob described plants from Anisodontea ‘El Royo’ through Helleborus ‘Anna’s Red’ to Yucca rostrata in his usual entertaining and forthright manner. Membership Secretary Nichola Monk was kept busy with two new members […]

Grottos and Shell Cottages

‘Grottos and Shell Houses in 18th Century Ireland and England’ Gerald and Margaret Hull. NBG Glasnevin January 12th 2.30pm How many times when visiting a garden is it a novel aspect that stays in the memory – the odd plant, or the unusual building? Grottoes, often built around a natural spring, made to look ‘natural’, […]

Morocco in Bloom

Morocco in Bloom by Giuppi Pietromarchi “To be places of respite and joy, gardens combine the lively scents of the day and the night, the harmoniously clashing colours of the flowers, foliage and soil, the warmth of the shade and the freshness of the waters. The colours of the flowers and the clay, softened by […]

From Show Gardens to Real Gardens

Here are some photos from our meeting on Wednesday evening when Oliver Schurmann delighted us all with his lecture ‘From Show Gardens to Real Gardens’ in Malone House, Belfast. As well as enjoying his inspirational and thought-provoking lecture, we also enjoyed the ambience of the venue with its elaborate Christmas decorations which Belfast Parks kindly […]

At West Dean – A Review

At West Dean – A Review A view to the college at West Dean West Dean, as we see it today, is a 19th century country house with gardens in the Arts and Crafts style. The walled garden, with its range of Victorian glasshouse and gardened in a style which is deeply rooted in Victorian practices, is […]

Book Launch at Old Courthouse, Antrim

In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker – A Sikkim Adventure by Seamus O’Brien. It was a super evening in the Old Courthouse in Antrim and was attended by 100 people. Seamus, who was introduced by Lady Anthea Forde of Seaforde Gardens near Newcastle, Co Down, gave an enthralling lecture.   Many thanks to Maeve […]

Book Launch at Fota House

What a wonderful event! This afternoon we had the book launch of Seamus O’Brien’s “In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker –  A Sikkim Adventure”,  organised by the committee of IGPS Munster and hosted by Fota House. It was a wonderful venue, a great attendance, a delightful introduction by Kristen Jameson and an outstanding talk […]