Ballyedmond Castle Gardens Visit – Report

Members from counties Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Down and Meath enjoyed a wonderful visit to the extensive gardens of Ballyedmond Castle on a perfect summer’s afternoon on Saturday, June 1st. Our unhurried tour was led by head gardener, Jamie, and his colleague Andrew and started with the dry terrace on the south-facing slope in front of […]

AGM and 5 Garden Visits – Report

  On Saturday 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 […]

Visit to LavistownHouse Gardens – 10th August 2024

Lavistown House Gardens Saturday 10th August 2024, 14.00 – 16.30 Lavistown House, Lavistown, Co. Kilkenny. R95E5NH Lavistown is a restored country garden dating from 1810 located close to the River Nore just south of Kilkenny city. It features a reworking of classic garden elements with contemporary features including a gravel garden, an extensive collection of […]

Visit to Tombrick Garden – 13th July 2024

Tombrick Garden Saturday 13th July 2024, 14.00 – 16.30 Tombrick, Ballycarney, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. Y21F853 An informal garden with a wide selection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous planting. As trees have matured a woodland area has developed with lovely shade loving plants underplanted. While a normally dry free draining garden there is a small stream […]

Sad Passing of Founding Chair of IGPS

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 […]

Two Meath Garden Visits and Lunch – 15th June 2024

Saturday June 15th with morning & afternoon visits 11.00am -13.30pm: Loughcrew Gardens Oldcastle Co. Meath, A82EV62  14.00pm – 16.30pm (with lunch at 14.30pm approx): The Poppy Garden, Milltown, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, A82AP58 Loughcrew Gardens is a Historic landscape garden and sculpture park. Home of Naper family since 17th century. The garden was restored under the ‘Great Gardens of […]

Daffodil named in memory of George Williamson

This beautiful daffodil has recently be named after George Williamson, Park Supervisor at Antrim Castle Gardens, who sadly passed away in 2022 For more than a decade the Society has enjoyed support from Antrim Council and, in particular, the staff and gardeners at Antrim Castle Gardens. In appreciation and as a thank you, an unnamed […]

Visit to Tourin House and Gardens – 8th June

Tourin House

Tourin House, located in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford is home to the Jamesons, of Italianate design, completed in 1841, with gardens that date back to the original dwelling house, Tourin Castle, which was built in 1560. There are about 25 acres of gardens, which include woodland walks, and the broad walk, a fashionable element in Victorian […]