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.

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.

Growing your own Food with Klaus Laitenberger @ Northridge House
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Growing your own Food with Klaus Laitenberger @ Northridge House

Klaus Laitenberger lives with his wife Joanna and children in North Leitrim. He worked as the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre in Rossinver for 7 years. He moved on to the position of Head Gardner in Lissadell House in Co. Sligo to carry out an extensive garden restoration project. He completed the MSc in Organic Farming in Scotland. Together with his wife they self-published a number of Irish Gardening Books (e.g. Vegetables for the Irish Garden).

He currently works as an organic farm and garden inspector for the Organic Trust and has grown a diverse range of alternative and novel food crops mainly from the Andes region in South America for many years. They include vegetables such as oca, mashua, ulluco, maca, yacon, quinoa, amaranth, pepino and tarwi. If the potato from the same origin grows so well in Ireland, then why not other crops from the same area? Some of these food crops have potential health benefits (ideal for people suffering from diabetes – e.g. Yacon) and culinary qualities. After having grown many of these crops in Ireland, Klaus plans to explore their native growing conditions, their cultivation methods and how they are cooked, and try to find food crops with potential in Ireland from different parts of the world.

“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.

Annual General Meeting 2020 @ Westport
May 16 – May 17 all-day

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 contrasting gardens await our visit, four of which are privately owned and opening for us especially.

Our first garden though, is well known to those of you who visited Co Galway with the IGPS back in 2000. We are delighted to be able to return to Kylemore Abbey https://www.kylemoreabbey.com/ to see how things have progressed since the turn of the century. In the afternoon our coach will take us to a private estate on the shores of Lough Mask. “Stunning”, “beautiful”, “wow” have been used to describe the gardens here. You will be delighted to know that there will be plants for sale too! We will return to base late afternoon in time for our Gala Dinner.

To make the most of Saturday, it has been decided to hold the AGM on Sunday morning after breakfast. All members are entitled to attend the AGM free of charge.

Late in the morning we will take a guided tour of the gardens at Westport House which is in the process of restoration.

Following lunch at your own choosing, we have a series of three delightful small gardens to visit. These will provide a complete contrast to the larger estates visited earlier.  We will see and learn how their owners work with the often-challenging elements to garden under the shadow of Croagh Patrick and close to the Wild Atlantic Way https://www.wildatlanticway.com/things-to-do/features/things-to-do-in-mayo/10-things-to-do-in-mayo

The walled garden at Kylemore Abbey

Our base will be The Castlecourt Hotel https://www.castlecourthotel.ie/ in Westport town centre, close to bus and rail connections. As we will be leaving for our gardens visits at 9am on Saturday morning, we strongly suggest you stay in the area on Friday evening.

We have negotiated the following B&B rates:

Friday night: €69pps/€109 single

Saturday night: €99pps/€139 single

Sunday night: €59pps/€99 single

NB To avail of these rates please call The Castlecourt Hotel 098 55088 (353 98 55088 from NI) between the 1st February and the 12th April quoting the Group Reservation Number 1045174. 

Members of the Leinster Committee will be on hand in the Library of the Castlecourt Hotel to welcome you and give you all the information on the gardens to be visited as well as suggestions for further places of interest in the area.

To book please follow this link to our Eventbrite page:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/agm-westport-16-17-may-2020-tickets-87794103527 Price includes: coach on Saturday, morning coffee and lunch on Saturday, Gala Dinner on Saturday evening in The Walnut Suite and garden visits on Sunday. For those using public transport, please speak with a member of the Leinster team on arrival to organise lifts to the garden venues on Sunday.

The Leinster Committee