Rowallane

Rowallane Gardens   There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on the morning of 1st October when some members of the IGPS went on a DIY visit to Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield, Co Down. In full compliance with the regulations, each member made an individual booking and the visit was self-guided using the excellent handout prepared […]

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast.

Flowers – Wild and Garden!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  July 31, 2020 Lavish praise, a very generous book review, can be counter-productive for there is within us all that little streak of cynicism which says it may be too good to be true. This is my predicament with Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History by Carol Gracie for I […]

At long last!

At long last there is the prospect of a garden visit! It has been a long time without a society event and, given the present situation re Covid 19, arrangements will be a little different from normal and early booking will be essential. Find all details of this visit to Finnebrogue House and “Coille” on […]

The Wild Food Plants of Ireland – A Review.

Dining on the Long Acre – The Wild Food Plants of Ireland  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  July 14, 2020 Reading Tom Curtis and Paul Whelan’s book, The Wild Food Plants of Ireland, has brought another layer, a greater depth of interest, to my wildflower wanderings along our road in recent days. The damsons on the boundary ditch of the […]

Summer Bulletin 2020

Dear IGPS member Events The restrictions of the past months are now starting to ease and it is becoming possible for slightly larger groups of people to meet outdoors while maintaining the recommended social distancing. However, despite the changes, two events which were scheduled for early July cannot go ahead and are cancelled. Both had […]

Britain’s Ferns – A Review

Britain’s Ferns – A Review.  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  June 11, 2020 It works! Britain’s Ferns is intended to provide a practical and functional approach to the identification of ferns, and it works! I put it to the test with a number of local ferns and one horsetail and the identification keys, which are at the heart of […]

Coming Events

Dates for your Diary –  but conditional on government guidelines on travelling and social distancing so clarification will be given closer to the dates listed.      Annual General Meeting on 16th and 17th May which was to have been based in Westport Co Mayo has been postponed and will be re-arranged at a later […]

Coronavirus COVID-19

Dear Member, Due to the current health situation with Covid-19, it is with regret that we have had to cancel all Society events for the time being.  This unfortunately includes the postponement of the AGM to a future date.   After all the hard work that has been put into organising events, especially by the Leinster committee for the […]

Coronavirus Covid-19 Disrupts Programme

Unfortunately our programme of winter lectures has been interrupted by the restrictions of gatherings while the Coronavirus is with us. There may be further cancellations and we will announce these as soon as possible. For the moment, the following are cancelled: March 26th: Collecting Plants for a Better Garden – Carl Wright at The Old […]

AGM Update.

AGM Sold Out!  All tickets for the AGM Gardens have now been sold. A Waiting List is in operation. If you would like to attend and have not booked yet, please add your name to this list.   You can do this by following the link below to the Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/agm-westport-16-17-may-2020-tickets-87794103527  

Special Plants with Derry Watkins

Many thanks to Derry Watkins, owner of Special Plants Nursery near Bath, for two wonderful talks: Derelict Hill Farm to Garden, where she showed us the creation of her beautiful garden and Botanizing in Kyrgyzstan, the ‘Switzerland of Asia’, taking us on her recent exploration in the high mountains of central Asia. Derry grows and […]

AGM 2020 – You need to book quickly!

AGM 2020 Spaces for our AGM are filling up fast. If you intend coming to Westport please do not delay in booking: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/agm-westport-16-17-may-2020-tickets-87794103527   A very attractive rate has been negotiated with the Castlecourt Hotel. To book please phone the hotel directly +353 98 55088  and quote the special code 1045174.    All details are on our website. […]

The Pollinator Victory Garden – A Review

The Pollinator Victory Garden…A Review.  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  February 10, 2020 Small changes in our gardening can make an enormous difference to our world – The “Act locally, think globally” concept could never be applied so effectively! We can each, in our individual gardens, make small changes which will be beneficial to our environment, to the pollinators […]

Modern Plant Hunters – A Review

Modern Plant Hunters – A Review.  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  January 31, 2020 Modern Plant Hunters – Dr. Sandy Primrose. Plant hunters have given our gardens the most wonderful range of plants; we are greatly indebted to these brave, courageous and daring people and Dr. Sandy Primrose’s account of our modern plant hunters is gripping and informative reading […]

Annual General Meeting 2020: Details Announced

AGM Weekend Westport, Co Mayo. 16 &17 May 2020     Booking:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agm-westport-16-17-may-2020-tickets-87794103527   The AGM weekend is, for many of our members, the highlight of the year. This year IGPS Leinster has organised something very special….. For the first time ever, the IGPs is heading to Westport https://www.destinationwestport.com/on Clew Bay in Co Mayo. Six […]