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.

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




 ‘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 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.

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.