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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Newsletter, January 2020

The January 2020 issue of the Society’s newsletter has been sent to members. It is an excellent issue with a strong emphasis on Irish plants and gardens – interesting plant portraits and news of Irish gardens. Well done to the editing committee for producing such a top-class newsletter!   Contents: Welcome A Note from the […]

T. J. Maher at Malone House – How to get the most from the Smaller Garden.

On Wednesday evening, around 100 members and guests attended Malone House, Belfast, and enjoyed an inspiring lecture ‘How to get the most from the Smaller Garden’ by artist T.J. Maher from Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. T.J.’s photos of his 1/3 acre garden were wonderful, with his fabulous plant selections and colour combinations. There was […]

Northern Region Plant Sale 2019

The Northern region had a very successful plant stall at the Autumn Plant Fair at Rowallane Gardens, Co. Down last Saturday. The tables were groaning with an eclectic selection including Irish cultivars, house plants and fashionable succulents, garden-worthy plants in all stages of development, a colourful range of dahlias and, in pride of place, a large […]

Visit to Terry and June Irwin’s Garden

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 […]

From Huntingbrook to Lismacloskey

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 […]

The Lismacloskey Rectory Garden

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’ […]

The Old Rectory Garden, Lismacloskey

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. […]