E-Bulletin, July 2021

Celebrating 40 Years of the Society Dear Member Welcome to a special ebulletin which marks 40 years of the society. Our Chair, Mary Forrest provides us with a special introduction. Stephen Butler details a fantastic achievement and fellow members continue to provide interesting and varied snippets and news. On a summer’s evening in 1981 – […]

Much to Celebrate! – A Note from the Chairperson.

On a summer’s evening in 1981 – July 7th. to be exact, the inaugural meeting of the Irish Garden Plant Society took place in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. A group of plant enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, all keen to conserve garden plants and preserve Ireland’s garden heritage. Quoting from the first newsletter, ‘the Society’s […]

Visit to Greba Garden, June 19th 2021

Greba is an enchanting garden on the Ards peninsula whose owners, Richard and Beverley Britain, garden with a very light touch. Extending to three areas, it is a woodland garden with naturalistic planting developed over the past 20 years in the site of a former quarry. Members throughly enjoyed exploring the garden, getting lost along […]

E-Bulletin, June 2021

Dear IGPS member Here we are in the first few days of ‘flaming June’ enjoying sunshine and warmth. After one of the coldest months of May on record, what a treat! The committee sends its thanks to all the members who signed on for the online AGM, the 39th due to the gap caused by Covid […]

Visit to Kilmacrew

Visit to Kilmacrew, Co Down – Report by Doreen Wilson Approaching Kilmacrew House along the narrow laneways threading through the drumlins of Co Down there are no clues as to what to expect – it is a truly secret garden. Hidden behind a thick, mature shelter belt of native trees lies a four acre ornamental garden […]

Mid-May E-Bulletin:

Dear IGPS member This week we have lots of news from our committees and members to share. Recently we all received a thoughtful email from our Chairman, Billy McCone, making a plea for members to come forward and volunteer for the Committee and we are delighted to let you know that there has been a […]

E-Bulletin, Early May 2021

Dear IGPS member Welcome to the month of May, full of promise and one of the most uplifting months of the year for a gardener. We hope you all received your copy of the Newsletter recently and enjoyed reading at least some of the articles. If by any chance you did not receive your Newsletter, […]

Newsletter, April 2021

The latest issue of the newsletter should be with members now – Issue 152, April 2021.  This issue marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the society with an editorial which reminds us of the aims of the society and contains some excellent articles which will appeal to members: New Irish Rhododendrons from Seamus […]

E-Bulletin, March 2021

Dear IGPS member Whether you choose to use the Celtic, astronomical, or meteorological start date, spring is definitely now with us and, even better from a practical gardening point of view, summer time starts this weekend. We have both been busy with basic activities, Branka planting her potatoes and Maeve dividing herbaceous perennials, so no […]

E-Bulletin, Late February

Dear IGPS member, Welcome to our late February ebulletin. There has been more very encouraging feedback to the online lectures. Comments about the most recent one by Mike Nelhams, Curator of Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly included: Enjoyed the lecture. What a garden! Joan I really enjoyed the virtual visit to Tresco. Peggy […]

IGPS Winter E-Bulletin

IGPS ebulletin January / February Dear members Welcome to another ebulletin. There was an amazing turnout of almost 200 of us from all over Ireland and further afield for Rosemary Maye’s talk on 21st January; we think everyone who enjoyed it will want to say a big thank you to her for injecting some wonderful […]

Post Brexit Online Plant Shopping.

Post Brexit there are complications importing plants from GB to Ireland, North and south, with Customs checks and phytosanitary certificates needed. Most GB companies, if not all, have now stopped delivering to Ireland. Bord Bia has compiled a list at…https://www.bordbia.ie/gardening/plant-delivery-collection-services/…of nurseries and garden centres around Ireland. Please look through for online ordering and postal delivery […]

Past Newsletters now Online

You can now browse many past issues of the society’s newsletter online. Newsletters from 2003 – 2020 are available to date and earlier issues will be posted in time. Go to the website: https://irishgardenplantsociety.com/ and click on “Publications” at the top of the page and then on “Newsletters” in the drop-down menu or use this […]

Plant Portraits

A selection of “Plant Portraits” of Irish Heritage Plants has been added to the website. These have been taken from recent issues of the society’s newsletter. Go to the menu item, “Irish Plants” and select “Plant Portraits” from the drop-down menu to view this first tranche of portraits. Or just click on  “Plant Portraits” here. […]

Latest E-Bulletin: January 12, 2021

Dear Members If you would like to register for the IGPS’s first Zoom lecture please contact Nichola Monk at; igps.membership@gmail.com Details of the lecture and notes on Zoom are given below. Also…. Members may wish to avail of the opportunity to sign up for lectures being organised by our sister organisation, Plant Heritage. Details for […]