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.

Tour of Huntingbrook Garden.
Jul 27 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Huntingbrook Garden, the home of Jimi Blake, is a plantaholic’s dream garden. Jimi himself will guide us around his botanical paradise leading us through his many gardens: Fred’s Garden, Ashley’s Garden, the Terraced Garden, the Garden Room and Meadow to name but some. Each area has its distinctive planting scheme unique to Jimi. Plants of note include Aralia echincaulis, Geraniums “Ann Thompson” and “Mount Venus”, Celmesia semicordata” David Shackleton”, as well as many dahlia varieties. The garden also features a woodland leading to a 7th century ring fort. Expect a riot of colour in this delightful garden with a modern twist.

Our tour starts at 2.30pm sharp allowing you time in the moring to visit Jimi’s sister, June, at June Blake’s Garden, which is nearby.

Please arrive at Huntingbrook between 2.15 and 2.30 so that we can start our tour on time.

Tea/coffee will be served.

Please book your tickets on Eventbrite


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

‘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 @ 7:00 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.