There was one of the largest ever attendances at a garden visit locally when more than 70 members and their guests visited Terry and June Irwin’s garden in Belfast on Saturday 31st August with everyone thoroughly enjoying its thoughtful design and subtle colour combinations. A huge bonus was that our tour of this good-sized (one-third of […]
The Society recently organised a very enjoyable visit to Jimi Blake’s garden, Huntingbrook, and we are most grateful to him for his kind gift of Geranium ‘Mount Venus’ for the Lismacloskey Rectory Garden at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. It was a perfect summer day when Barbara and Maureen arrived with the geranium for […]
It’s high summer in the Rectory Garden at the Folk Museum in Co. Down with some of our Irish plants putting on a colourful show. In full bloom are Hypericum ‘Rowallane Hybrid’ with a carpet of Osteospermum ‘Lady Leitrim’ underneath; the vibrant Lilium henryi is giving height at the back of one of the borders while Penstemon ‘Evelyn’ […]
Terence Reeves-Smyth visited Cultra Folk & Transport Museum (outside Belfast) and posted this beautiful photograph of the garden at the Old Rectory. Glorious weather. This is the old rectory from Lismacloskey, about one mile east of Toomebridge in Co Antrim. It was built in 1717 and was dismantled and moved to the Museum in 1971. […]
IGPS Munster organised an outing to Annes Grove, Castletownroche, Co. Cork, recently. This was the garden of Patrick Annesley which he has gifted to the state and it is presently being restored by the Office of Public Works and, hopefully, will be open to the public next year. Photographs from Joe Burns.
After a cold wet week, the sun shone on Saturday 1st June for a most enjoyable visit to Old Balloo House and Barn, the adjacent homes of friends Lesley Simpson and Moira Concannon in the village of Balloo in Co Down. Fifty five IGPS members and more than a dozen of their friends thoroughly enjoyed […]
IGPS Munster organised a visit to Annes Grove in Castletownroche today. Annes Grove is the creation of the Annesley family and Patrick Annesley is the last of the family to care for the garden and the important collection of plants held there – rhododendrons being an especially significant part of the collection. Patrick has transferred […]
Many thanks to Joe Burns for his photographs from the garden visits which are always a very enjoyable part of the AGM weekend. The first garden visited was Killcomma Garden just outside Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.
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 […]
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 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’, […]
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 […]