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.

Airfield – A Work in Progress with Colm O’Driscoll @ Northridge House
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Airfield - A Work in Progress with Colm O'Driscoll @ Northridge House

Colm O’Driscoll is the Head Gardener at Airfield Estate and will present an illustrated talk, detailing the transformation of Airfield Estate from a building site to a busy public garden over the past six years.

Christmas nibbles, tea/coffee, Raffle.

All welcome.

“How to get the Most from the Smaller Garden” – T.J. Maher @ Malone House
Dec 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 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.


How Go the Gardens of Leinster? – Shirley Lanigan @ National Botanic Gardens
Jan 18 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
How Go the Gardens of Leinster? - Shirley Lanigan @ National Botanic Gardens


Shirley Lanigan has been visiting gardens professionally for over two decades.

When she began, Leinster was the undoubted All-Ireland Champion when it came to horticulture – although some Cork people might take issue with that.

In that time how have the gardens, within the Pale and its surroundings, fared?


What is new? What is fab?  What is drab?

Is Leinster still the champion, or slipping down the rankings?

What is the state of play in the world of Leinster gardens? Shirley shares her favourites and asks a few questions.

Come along and join us for this very interesting talk from Shirley Lanigan, author of The Open Gardens of Ireland.

The Greedy Gardener – with Rosemary Maye @ Northridge House,
Feb 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Greedy Gardener - with Rosemary Maye @ Northridge House,

Rosemary Maye may be better known to you as The Insomniac Gardener. In this talk – The Greedy Gardener or How to have Colour in every Season –  she will show how she manages to have interest and colour in the garden in every season.

Rosemary says,

“I love the title of a poem, by E.e Cummings

This is the Garden: Colours come and go


Seventeen years ago we were enticed to the countryside.

Mullaghdillon House, a romantic old house, whose beauty included the centuries old trees and borrowed views that include the historic ruins of Slane on the hill opposite …. but no colour.


I love colour, and immediately set about planting.

Learning as I went along, I now have something to delight me in all seasons.

Whether it’s interest from bulbs or colour from an autumn leaf, colour is possible in all seasons.


Join me on a year’s journey in my garden.”


Tea/coffee afterwards. Raffle.

All welcome

“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,


Mount Congreve Gardens – A National Treasure! @ National Botanic Gardens
Feb 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Illustrated presentation with Paddy Tobin.

Mount Congreve Gardens, in Waterford, are of international importance as they hold a plant collection unparalleled in any other garden with 2,000 different rhododendrons, 600 camellias, 300 acers, 600 conifers, 250 climbers, 1,500 herbaceous plants, and the greatest planting of Magnolia campbellii to be seen anywhere in the world. Though primarily a woodland garden of 70 acres, there is interest throughout the year as this talk will demonstrate.

Management of the gardens is passing to the local authorities and there are wonderful plans to develop the general facilities, something which will be a fabulous boon to the area, and it is hoped that the gardens will continue to develop also as they are, indeed, a national treasure.

Waterford native Paddy Tobin is a former Chairperson of The Irish Garden Plant Society and former editor of its Newsletter. A keen photographer, Paddy currently manages the Society’s website.

Free lecture, no booking necessary.

“Collecting Plants for a Better Garden” – with Carl Wright @ Old Courthouse
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 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.


First Days of Spring – Flowers, Foliage and Perfume with Liam Grainger @ Northridge House,
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
First Days of Spring - Flowers, Foliage and Perfume with Liam Grainger @ Northridge House,

Liam Grainger is a Cork Nurseryman of great experience and will present us with a range of plants which will brighten the spring garden and leave the dull days of winter as mere memories.

Plants for sale.


Tea/coffee, Raffle.

All welcome.