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All flowering plants have pollen for reproduction: the pollinators — a buzz word in gardening at the moment — which move about the garden enable the plants
effectively to find mates which are vital to the health and survival of the plant
population. Mary will talk about the ‘Big Four’ insect pollinators, and also about physical forces like wind and rain which can enable plants to find partners for reproduction.
Mary Montaut loves plants and bees equally. She edited the Beekeeping
journal, An Beachaire, for nine years, and has been a member of the IGPS
for much longer than that. She lives and gardens in Bray, Co. Wicklow where the photographs were taken.
Friday 15 October 2021 at 8.00pm
The Artist as a Gardener
with Steven Desmond
Down the ages many artists have combined their achievements on canvas with an equal interest in making and cultivating a garden. This talk looks at a number of outstanding artist-gardeners in the 19th and 20th centuries, finishing with the incomparable Claude Monet who said himself that he was good for two things — painting and gardening.
Steven Desmond is a Professional Associate of the Royal Horticultural Society. He is a landscape consultant specializing in the conservation and management of historic gardens, and regularly writes for journals including Country Life Magazine. Steven is the author of Gardens of the Italian Lakes, published in 2016, leads specialist tours, and is a regular lecturer with the Arts Society.
Unfortunately, the annual plant sale in Dublin has had to be cancelled as those who manage the venue felt it should not proceed in the present Covid situation.
As this has come so unexpectedly there is no possibility of organising a different venue.
We are very sorry that we will not meet so many of our members and our usual visitors. We can only hope that next year will be more suitable.
An eclectic journey around Europe spotting mainly plants. Opportunities arose during many zoo conference trips to various countries to visit gardens. This is a pictorial visit to many gardens or national parks in Budapest, Berlin, Arnhem, Rome, Barcelona, Bristol, and Wroclaw picking out the interesting plant or the interesting story to go with it.
Kew-trained Stephen is well known to many IGPS members. He was Curator of Horticulture at Dublin Zoo for 34 years until 2018 having worked in Bangladesh before settling in Dublin. He has been involved with the Irish Heritage Plants project for almost as long. Many members will have come in contact with Stephen though our Seed Scheme which he organised for many years.
Hauser and Wirth is the garden created by Piet Oudolf, justly famous for his naturalistic style of planting, to surround a new art gallery in Somerset. Piet notes that ‘…the fact that it was to be an integral part of the gallery immediately gave it a sense of place and a strong feeling of belonging to an exciting world where beautiful things happen both inside and outside.’
Rory Dusoir is a plantsman and garden designer. Having grown up in Northern Ireland, he studied Horticulture at Kew, and is currently head gardener at Stud House, Kingston upon Thames. In 2016, Rory set up the successful Landscape Company, Kennedy Song Dusoir, with two fellow Kew graduates. He regularly writes for The Daily Telegraph, the RHS Garden magazine and Gardens Illustrated, as well as contributing to books. Rory is the author of the recent publication Planting the Oudolf Gardens at Hauser and Worth Somerset.
Tuesday 11th January 2022 at 8pm
Adam Whitbourn, head gardener at Blarney Castle Gardens, has been on expeditions to Northern Vietnam four times in the past 10 years the last in 2019. Working with Vietnamese authorities and botanists to fully comply with Nagoya protocols, they collect seeds, preserve pressed specimens and record plants in the area. Because they collect mainly high in the mountains, the plants are generally hardy in Irish conditions.
There is a huge diversity of plants in these mountains, many of which are endangered; clear felling for agriculture – cardamom farming – is the cause of much of the plant losses in the area. Aesculus wangii produces impressively large ‘conkers’ and is now growing happily in Blarney alongside Shefflera macrophylla, Shefflera frangipanensis, Rubus lineatus and many other species including acers, oak and magnolia. The Vietnamese woodland in Blarney is an ex-situ conservation project developed from the wild-collected seed.