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.

Plant Sale at Rowallane Gardens @ Rowallane Gardens
Sep 28 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Plant sale at Rowallane Gardens

The Society is holding a plant sale as part of the Autumn Plant Fair at the National Trust’s Rowallane Gardens. It is a super opportunity to acquire plants not only from the IGPS stall where we plan to have a number of Irish cultivars and plants with Irish associations but also from a number of professional growers and nurseries which will be there on the day.

Donations of good quality plants, labelled and free from weeds, would be very welcome. Members can leave their plants in advance in either Belfast or Downpatrick by arrangement with Agnes Peacocke telephone 028 4461 2766 or email her at apeacocke@hotmail.co.uk or plants may be delivered to Rowallane from 9.00am onwards on the morning of the sale.

Help cut down on plastic waste – bring your own bags!

Please note: Visitors are asked to use the main car park as the drop off point when bringing plants to the IGPS stall as the route along the front of Rowallane House is pedestrianised. Normal admission charges for non-members of the Trust apply.

Hypericum ‘Rowallane’ – an exceptional hypericum which originated at Rowallane Garden.
Arcadia – Can We Achieve it? – with Christopher Moore @ Northridge House
Oct 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Christopher is a freelance architectural historian who gardens both in Ireland – Thomastown – and in the Cotswolds and has recently been involved in the restoration of Doneraile Court in Co. Cork.

In this talk, Christopher – a truly excellent speaker – explores the historic efforts to achieve the perfect garden, the perfect haven we all seek. I have attended this talk and can assure readers that it is one of the most interesting, entertaining and informative talks I have had the pleasure to hear in many years. It is one not to be missed!



Fifteen Years on Kew’s Rock Garden – Joanne Ryan @ National Botanic Gardens
Oct 17 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fifteen Years on Kew's Rock Garden - Joanne Ryan @ National Botanic Gardens

After 15 years hard labour, Kew’s Rock Garden has been transformed from what it was in the 1920s and ’30s. Many of these changes and improvements were overseen by Joanne Ryan. Joanne will guide us through those changes with an illustrative talk on these developments. A talk we hope which will inspire us in managing and developing our (smaller sized) rock gardens. This is an AGS / IGPS joint lecture.

Joanne Ryan(formerly Joanne Everson) is a passionate plantsperson and an experienced lecturer. As team leader on Kew’s Rock Garden she was responsible for many of the changes and improvements seen there over the last number of years. She has recently moved on from Kew and now works for the National Trust as Horticultural Botanist.


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

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

With a background in journalism and art, Shirley Lanigan has been writing about gardens and garden visiting in Ireland for around twenty years. She is passionate about Irish gardens and their gardeners and has spent her time criss-crossing the island visiting every open garden she can find, interviewing the people who made and work them.  The results of these travels are four books on Irish gardens and the people who created and care for them. Her latest book is ‘The Open Gardens of Ireland’ (2017).

Join us for Shirley’s entertaining illustrated talk as she shares with you some of her favourite stories of gardeners and their gardens.

Refreshments provided, plant raffle on evening.

 ‘Petal Power – A story of Edible Ornamentals’ with Orlaith Murphy @ National Botanic Gardens
Nov 16 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm



Dahlias and hostas,  for example, are plants that serve multiple uses in the garden; not only do they look good but they tastes good also. Orlaith Murphy will  take us on a botanical gastro-journey, showing us the bounty that’s been hiding all along, growing right under our noses, in our gardens. You won’t look at plants in the same way again!

An organic gardening teacher and with a background in forest gardening and permaculture, Orlaith Murphy has become known as Ireland’s queen of “edimentals”, ornamental plants which are also edible.  As the interest in unusual edibles continues to grow, a new and typically urban generation of gardeners is increasingly seeking out the sort of plants that make maximum use of their tiny plots in exciting and environmentally sustainable ways

Join us in the Visitor Centre in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, for a gardening lecture with a difference!

“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.

“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.