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Last Saturday on the 18th May, the IGPS held its AGM at the magnificent Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Co Down.

Following a wonderful garden tour by the head gardener, Fergus Thompson, we visited two gorgeous gardens in Newtownards. The first is owned by Roz and Victor Henry, and the second by Doreen and Ivan Wilson, where afternoon tea was served.

Then on Sunday 19th, we visited two beautiful large country gardens on the outskirts of Ballynahinch; Fernhill Cottage Gardens, owned by Thomas McCaw and Thomas Raju and then onto to one owned by Brigid and Liam McDonald.  We were treated to garden tours, tea, coffee and cake, all in glorious sunshine!

Everyone had a wonderful time and the IGPS is very grateful to all of the garden owners for sharing their beautiful gardens with us.

Photos courtesy of Barbara Kelso, Andrew Gee and Dave Victory.

1. Clandeboye Estate garden
2. Roz and Victor Henry garden
3. Doreen and Ivan Wilson garden
4. Fernhill Cottage Gardens
5. Brigid and Liam McDonald gardenImage attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

Last Saturday on the 18th May, the IGPS held its AGM at the magnificent Clandeboye Estate, Bangor, Co Down.

Following a wonderful garden tour by the head gardener, Fergus Thompson, we visited two gorgeous gardens in Newtownards. The first is owned by Roz and Victor Henry, and the second by Doreen and Ivan Wilson, where afternoon tea was served.

Then on Sunday 19th, we visited two beautiful large country gardens on the outskirts of Ballynahinch; Fernhill Cottage Gardens, owned by Thomas McCaw and Thomas Raju and then onto to one owned by Brigid and Liam McDonald. We were treated to garden tours, tea, coffee and cake, all in glorious sunshine!

Everyone had a wonderful time and the IGPS is very grateful to all of the garden owners for sharing their beautiful gardens with us.

Photos courtesy of Barbara Kelso, Andrew Gee and Dave Victory.

1. Clandeboye Estate garden
2. Roz and Victor Henry garden
3. Doreen and Ivan Wilson garden
4. Fernhill Cottage Gardens
5. Brigid and Liam McDonald garden
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24 hours ago

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It was a wonderful two days of garden visits and meeting fellow members. Thank you to all the owners for allowing the IGPS to visit your beautiful gardens! 🌸🌼🌺

Beautiful gardens … well done sis !! Brigid McDonald 🥰🪴💐🌺🌷

Fantastic Brigid McDonald. Well done 🌺

My goodness, Thomas Raju, you've entered the plantsman's aristocracy! Well done.

It is with great sadness that members of the Irish Garden Plant Society learned of the death on May 20th in Greece of Dr Charles Nelson.

From 1981, when he was the foundation chairman until his untimely death, Charles contributed enormously to our activities, notably about Irish garden plants.

His book, A Heritage of Beauty, published by the IGPS in 2000 is but one example of his scholarship.  We extend our sympathies to his family at this time.

Mary Forrest  IGPS Chair

It is with great sadness that members of the Irish Garden Plant Society learned of the death on May 20th in Greece of Dr Charles Nelson.

From 1981, when he was the foundation chairman until his untimely death, Charles contributed enormously to our activities, notably about Irish garden plants.

His book, A Heritage of Beauty, published by the IGPS in 2000 is but one example of his scholarship. We extend our sympathies to his family at this time.

Mary Forrest IGPS Chair
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He made an outstanding contribution to Irish horticulture and gardening.

A sad loss, a lovely man and his contribution to Irish horticulture is immense, we are the better for his work.

Oh, I am sorry to hear this. He had a wonderful interview held with David Shackleton in his garden back in 1986 I believe. Well worth sourcing this interview from RTE. I have it on CD and must update for posterity. RIP

Sad news indeed. I was a first year student in Glasnevin when a young Charles first arrived on his bicycle to lecture us in botany. He was always inspiring and encouraging. He was infectious and inspiring in his enthusiasm for the history of Irish botany and gardening. His legacy is immense. Truly it can be said of him that he leaves a legacy of a better understanding of Irish horticulture and botany as disciplines and professions. We are all in his depth. RIP Charles. Gone too soon.

A giant of botany Such a Artistic writer He got me interested in botany. So lucky I met him and his books in so lucky I have them

A great loss , may he rest in peace

Very sad news 😢

I met Charles. Once in glasnevin. I an amateur botanist Charles I have been reading and his books are really. Some of my treasured collection. Charles really was a Good writer In the artist way and the scientific way too

A great loss to horticulture he will be sadly missed.

Very sad news

So sad to hear this news.

Rest in Peace

Sorry to hear this.

R.I.P Charles

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

So sorry to hear this. RIP Charles.

So sorry

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