Upcoming Events

Members are eligible to attend events in any part of Ireland, so don’t limit your browsing to your own location. The categorisation by geographic region is for administration and organisational purposes only.

Non-members are very welcome at our events though there will be a charge for insurance purposes. Do come along and join us and, perhaps, become a member. There will be events which will be restricted to members only – perhaps because of the size of the garden and the need to restrict numbers or because this is the wish of the garden owner – and, on these occasions, unfortunately, we cannot accommodate non-members.

We occasionally list events of other groups in the ‘Other Events’ category, generally for groups we regularly work with. These are not part of the official IGPS programme but may be of interest to members.

Visit to Annesgrove Gardens @ Annesgrove Gardens
Jun 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Come and see how the renovations of the garden are progressing – excellently, but come and see with your own eyes!

Meet at the garden at 12noon.

Read up on the gardens at their website: http://www.annesgrovegardens.com

Visit Old Balloo House and Barn @ Old Balloo House and Barn
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Visit Old Balloo House and Barn @ Old Balloo House and Barn





15 – 17 COMBER ROAD,


BT23 6PB

Gardens of approximately one acre, developed around a late Georgian house and outbuildings, leading down to the River Blackwater. The garden immediately around the house was created in the mid-20th century and has been restored and extended by the current owners. Winding paths take you through late spring bulbs, cherry and apple blossom, primula, flowering shrubs, clematis, roses and specimen trees. Herbaceous material is used throughout the garden in the new European Perennial style. There is a water trough cascade, feeding a rill which ends at a pond. Please note that part of the garden is not accessible to everyone due to the steep incline. This garden is unsuitable for children or wheelchairs.







Please note that garden visits are exclusively for members and their guests.

Visit to Ballycomane Garden, Bantry @ Ballycommane
Jun 15 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Booking: Numbers are limited for the visit to Ballycommane Gardens, so please book early by putting your name down with our Chairperson Margaret McAuliffe via email at margaretandstephen@eircom.net or by text/telephone at 086 816 6842.

Cost: Fee includes a tour of the gardens and lunch.

Members: €15

Non-members: €20


For further information check the garden’s website: www.ballycommane.com


Summer Lunch with the Insomniac Gardener!
Jun 22 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us at the home of our member, Rosie, aka The Insomniac Gardener. Set in 3 acres , the garden includes a woodland, a rose bed, a  mediterranean garden, a white garden, pond, a pet cemetery and expansive lawn with seating areas scattered around to rest and enjoy the planting.

Lunch will be served in the barn using vegetables from the garden. Afterwards enjoy a guided tour or just wander around and take some photographs.

There will be a plant sale on the day with plants available from Kirsten Walker’s Sedum and Sage Nursery. Booking is now open. Just click on the link below:

Go to Eventbrite for full details and to book your ticket.



Visit to Belfast Botanic Gardens @ Belfast Botanic Gardens
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Visit to Belfast Botanic Gardens @ Belfast Botanic Gardens

Thursday 4th July 2019 (7pm to 9pm) : Visit to Belfast Botanic Gardens (please note change of date from bookmark). Light refreshments will be provided.

Pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited. Details will be on the IGPS website.

The visit to Belfast Botanic Gardens will consist of guided tours of two of the most important heritage buildings within the botanical gardens of the UK and Ireland.

The Tropical Ravine is a unique building. Designed by the then Curator, Charles McKimm, the whole of the interior is taken up by a sunken ravine and consists of two sections: a temperate section which was completed in 1889 and a tropical section which was reconstructed in 1900. An extension was added in 1902 to install a heated lily pond above the stove house. Visitors walk around a raised balcony gazing down on the planting, giving a bird’s eye perspective not usually experienced in glasshouses. The Tropical Ravine was restored and reopened in 2018, with £3.8m funding provided by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Belfast City Council and a donation from Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

The Palm House in Belfast Botanic Gardens, designed by Charles Lanyon, is an early example of a curvilinear glass house. The two wings, which were completed in 1840, predate the curvilinear glass houses in Glasnevin and Kew. The glazing in the two wings was undertaken by Walker of Dublin and the cast iron frames were designed and constructed by Richard Turner of the Hammersmith Works, Ballsbridge, Dublin. The central dome was added later in 1852 and was built by Young & Co. of Edinburgh.

Please note that garden visits are exclusively for members and their guests.





Garden Visit to Terry and Jenny Irwin @ Terry & Jenny Irwin's Garden
Aug 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Garden Visit to Terry and Jenny Irwin @ Terry & Jenny Irwin's Garden

This medium sized East Belfast suburban garden surrounds a beautiful contemporary style house, featuring Donegal natural stone walls.  Although the house and garden were only built in Spring 2013, the garden has quite a mature look to it.  There are generous sized borders within a formal layout, displaying an interesting and thoughtfully designed mixture of plants to give year-round interest to the garden.  Other features include a terraced vegetable garden on a steep slope and a secret woodland play garden for the owners’ grandchildren.  On the day, garden designer and IGPS member Barbara Kelso will be there to give a guided tour and to point out some Irish Heritage and unusual plants which she selected and planted in the garden.


Cairnburn Road runs from the Old Holywood Road to the Circular Road along the side of Belmont Park


Please park on driveway side of the Cairnburn Road opposite Belmont Park or in the CIYMS carpark (entrance 200m away on the Circular Road).  It is a short walk up the driveway to No.10A.  Disabled parking for 1 or 2 cars at house.


Please note that garden visits are exclusively for members and their guests.

Annual Plant Sale – Dublin @ Guardian Angels Pastoral Centre
Oct 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

New Venue!

We are delighted to announce a new venue in Blackrock for our annual Plant Sale. The Pastoral Centre, located next to the Church of the Guardian Angels, was opened to great acclaim last year. This venue has plenty of free parking adjacent to the building and there is a coffee shop on site too.

Stalls include:

  • Irish Heritage Plants
  • Rare and Unusual plants
  • Shrubs
  • Bulbs
  • Herbaceous
  • Pollinator Botanical Advice
  • Homegrown honey for sale
  • Publications for sale: In the Footsteps of J.D.Hooker, Moorea


The Irish Society of Botanical Artists will be there too.


Plant Creche will be provided so that you can browse, chat to friends and enjoy a coffee in the Coffee ShopFree parking during the Plant Sale.

Donations of plants welcome, ensure they are correctly labelled and include a photgraph is possible. Please email igps.leinster@gmail.com to let us know what you are bringing or if you would like us to collect.


The Sale begins at 11.00am

Buses: 4,7,7A

Dart: Seapoint(15 mins walk)

Check it out on Eventbrite and register your interest in attending




“Adventures on the Road” with Shirley Lanigan @ Old Courthouse
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
"Adventures on the Road" with Shirley Lanigan @ Old Courthouse

Further information will be added when available

A talk from Shirley Lanigan:

‘Adventures on the Road – Two Decades of Encounters with Gardeners and their Gardens’

Thursday 24th October 2019

Lecture 7.30 pm

Shirley Lanigan is a journalist and the author of The Open Gardens of Ireland and other garden guide books

Old Courthouse, Antrim

“How to get the Most from the Smaller Garden” – T.J. Maher @ Malone House
Dec 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Patthana Garden, the creation of T. J. Maher, has merited the widespread praise since it opened for the public for the first time during 2018. It is the perfect embodiment of that old saying that the best things come in small packages for it is a small garden behind what was the rectory in the village of Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow which has been designed and planted to sparkle and entertain within a compact area. As a result, it is very appealing garden to visit as it displays the possibilities of even the smallest space when artistry and flair are  put to perfect effect.

T.J. is an artist and his combinations of colours are especially beautiful as are the design features and layout of the garden which make it seem more extensive that it actually is with division of space into various distinct areas and the use of borrowed landscape to extend the interest and the eye.

T.J, is enthusiastic about his plants, the colour and effects they produce and their blending into a cohesive whole to produce a wonderful garden in a small garden. His enthusiasm will shine through in his presentation and is guaranteed to enthuse the audience.


“Special Plants” – with Derry Watkins @ St. Bride's Hall
Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
"Special Plants" - with Derry Watkins @ St. Bride's Hall

Further information will be added when available


Joint Lecture with the Alpine Garden Society  2.30pm

Derry Watkins of Special Plants, Wiltshire ( plants for sale)

St.Bride’s Hall,

Derryvolgie Ave,

Malone Road,


“Collecting Plants for a Better Garden” – with Carl Wright @ Old Courthouse
Mar 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Collecting Plants for a Better Garden" - with Carl Wright @ Old Courthouse

Carl Wright has created one of Ireland’s very special gardens. The Burren, in Co, Clare, is an area of outstanding natural beauty, a limestone pavement which is home to an extraordinary collection of wildflowers but as Edmund Ludlow, a general in Cromwell’s army, wrote in 1651 it is “a country where there is not water enough to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him.” Yet, Carl has made a garden  in these conditions!

The garden is situated inland from Fanore, in northwest Co. Clare, up the Khyber Pass, the valley of the River Caher which flows through Carl’s garden and the bridge which carries the public road over the River Caher forms one of the boundaries to Carl’s garden – hence the name, “Caher Bridge Garden”.

Creating the garden involved clearing the hazel scrub around his house, building various raised beds and bringing in topsoil – for there was none there previously, and then the planting of a fabulously lush and beautiful garden. In this process, Carl has tried and selected the very best of plants and in this talk will tell us of the many beautiful plants he has tried and which have succeeded with him over the years. Among the wide range of  plants Carl has developed a collection of Irish-bred daffodils and with more than 70 different cultivars already planted in an upper part of the garden I’m sure they will appear during the talk.