|Dear IGPS member
This week we have lots of news from our committees and members to share. Recently we all received a thoughtful email from our Chairman, Billy McCone, making a plea for members to come forward and volunteer for the Committee and we are delighted to let you know that there has been a wonderfully positive response. However, more volunteers are still very welcome; if you feel that you can make a contribution by joining the Executive or a regional committee please get in touch right away.
And if joining a committee is not for you, we – Branka and Maeve – still need one or two people to volunteer to join the ebulletin team. We have mentioned this in the past couple of bulletins; now it is urgent as Maeve is going sailing for the summer. All you need are basic word processing skills and lots of enthusiasm for sharing information and being in touch with fellow members. Please get contact us through email@example.com or text/phone Branka on +353 86 086 4595 or Maeve on +44 7713 739482. Photos, short articles and snippets of information are always needed: please remember to send photos as jpeg attachments to an email rather than in the text as this makes compilation much easier. Send them to the above email or to firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date!
Wednesday 26TH May at 8.00pm for the AGM which this year will be online using Zoom. Details of how to log on for the meeting will be sent shortly. The business meeting – please see page 4 of the April Newsletter for the formal notice and agenda – will be followed by a talk by our distinguished member, Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener at National Botanic Garden Kilmacurragh. One not to be missed. You can register for the meeting right away by emailing email@example.com
Visit to Kilmacrew, Co Down
The first garden visit of the year is taking place on Saturday 29th May to the Robinsonian garden at Kilmacrew, near Banbridge in Co Down. In order to be Covid-compliant and meet the wishes of the owner, we have had to limit numbers and split ourselves between the morning and afternoon so pre-booking through Eventbrite has been essential. The local committee members look forward to welcoming members and a small number of their personal guests to the first outing of the season. If you have a booking but are unable to make it, please contact Adrian Walsh whose details are on the Eventbrite form as there is a waiting list for places.
If you do not already pay by Direct Debit and have been notified that your subscription is due, Nichola Monk the Membership Secretary, would love to hear from you. Her full contact details are on the outside back cover of all the Newsletters and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Amazingly, subs have remained the same for 10 years or more so it is excellent value.
Dates for your Diary
There was an insert with the April Newsletter giving the dates which were already known. Apologies but unfortunately there was a last minute glitch and it was printed on a sheet of white paper which is easily lost instead of the intended green card which would have been much more durable.
Saturday 12th June: Click and Collect plant sale with collection at Richmond Park, Belfast – the list of plants for sale at either £3 or £5 will be emailed shortly.
Saturday 19th June: visit to Greba Gardens, Carrowdore Road, Greyabey Co Down
Saturday 24th July: visit to Ballywalter Park, Ballywalter, Co Down
Saturday 24th August: visit to Fernhill Cottage, Spa, Ballynahinch, Co Down
Saturday 17th October: Plant Sale at the Church of the Guardian Angels Parish Centre, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Government guidance together with the wishes of the owners mean that most if not all the visits will have to be pre-booked. As restrictions lift, we hope to let you know about more visits and activities but please bear with us as there is still a lot of uncertainty.