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Dear IGPS member

We hope you have been enjoying the exceptionally mild autumn which seems to have extended to every corner of the country. Despite the unusually balmy temperatures, the days have grown shorter — it’s time to hang up the tools, cosy up indoors and get some inspiration by way of a gardening lecture.

Tuesday 7 December 2021at 8.00pm
A Tour of the Garden at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset through the seasons
with Rory Dusoir

Rory Dusoir is a plantsman and garden designer. Having grown up in Northern Ireland, he took a classics degree at Oxford before a major change of direction lead him to Great Dixter and then on to study horticulture at Kew. He is currently head gardener at Stud House, Kingston upon Thames. He regularly writes for The Daily Telegraph, the RHS Garden magazine and Gardens Illustrated, as well as contributing to books. Rory is the author of the recent publication Planting the Oudolf Gardens at Hauser and Wirth Somerset.

Hauser and Wirth is the acclaimed modern garden created by Piet Oudolf, justly famous for his naturalistic style of planting, to surround a new art gallery in Somerset, England. Piet notes that ‘…the fact that it was to be an integral part of the gallery immediately gave it a sense of place and a strong feeling of belonging to an exciting world where beautiful things happen both inside and outside.’

The Zoom link will be sent ahead of time to all members who have asked to be included. If you have not already registered and would like to do so, please get in touch by emailing

The autumn Newsletter was dispatched at the end of September; the cover featured a lovely photograph by Paddy Tobin of one of the finest Robinsonian gardens on the island, Mount Usher Gardens, Co Wicklow.  We hope you enjoyed the issue. The next Newsletter will be with you around the middle of January.

Snowdrop Gala in February
The 10th Annual Snowdrop Gala will take place on Saturday 5th February 2022 in Ballykealy House, Ballon, Co Carlow. Tickets are €90 which includes morning and afternoon tea, lunch, lectures, a bulb and plant sale at Altamont and a tour of the snowdrop collection at Altamont Gardens. For further information, contact Hester Forde on 086 865 4972 or
It’s never too late to say Congratulations!
Janet and David Jeffrey, long standing members who live in Howth (David was twice Chair of the Society back in the 1980s and 1990s), organized a ‘remote’ plant sale and raised an amazing amount for their local Hospice. This was despite David being ill at the time. Janet writes:
With the assistance of two Howth/Sutton Horticultural Society stalwarts, I was able to proceed with a plant ‘sale’ (help yourself and leave a donation) here in the garden in June. The committee looked after the bookings, we aimed for six punters every 15 minutes, and other necessary Covid regulations. We were delighted to raise €4,500 for our local hospice. 

We’re sure everyone will want to offer warmest congratulations on such a magnificent effort and to wish David a speedy recovery.

From IGPS Chair, Mary Forrest;

The IGPS inbox receives many emails – queries about plants, visits to gardens and garden products of interest to members.  A recent email described a mulch with a wonderful sounding name, Strulch.  Made from wheat straw the mulch is used to suppress weeds and retain moisture on beds and borders.  The illustrations taken at Myddleton House, the garden of E.A. Bowles in north London show the mulch in use.
In Ireland Strulch is available from Nutgrove House and Gardens, Co. Down  and Fruit Hill Farm, Bantry, Co. Cork,

Request for volumes of Moorea and Newsletters 

The Society has received a request for Moorea volumes   2, 10, 13 and 14.
If you have joined the Society recently, copies of  Moorea volumes 11, 15, 16 and 17 are available.

A long shot, does anyone have copies of the Newsletter number 1 – 29.  Due to flooding, the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, lost their copies and are seeking to replace them.
Replies to

Many thanks,

Mary Forrest

IGPS Upcoming Events
DECEMBER    2021
The Northern Committee presents;
Rory Dusoir      07/12/21 @ 8pm, Zoom lecture. (Information and details mentioned earlier in this e-bulletin)
JANUARY        2022
The Leinster Committee presents;
Adam Whitbourn         11/01/22 @ 8pm, Zoom lecture, details to follow
FEBRUARY      2022
The Munster Committee presents;
Hester Forde               01/02/2022, details to follow.
In praise and thanks to the dedicated members of the IGPS who brought about this achievement, here follows extracts of the press release issued by Plant Heritage;
Irish heritage plant group awarded National Plant Collection status
Over 1,000 types of plant held in 75 different locations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have been recognised by leading UK horticultural charity

A group of over 1,000 plants that have either been bred, collected or named after Irish horticulturalists and/or historic plant explorers has been awarded National Plant Collection status by UK horticultural conservation charity Plant Heritage.

Found in 75 different locations in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the newly accredited Irish Heritage Plants National Plant Collection celebrates Ireland’s rich horticultural heritage, and aims to conserve all garden plants with an Irish connection.

The rare Iris unguicularis ‘Kilbroney Marble’. Credit Paddy Tobin/Irish Garden Plant Society.

Vicki Cooke, Conservation Manager at Plant Heritage says: “National Plant Collections are living libraries, and are the key to preventing plants that have fallen out of fashion and are no longer commercially available from being lost forever. The Irish Garden Plant Society’s huge collection is a phenomenal celebration of Irish horticultural history and demonstrates how important it is that our garden plants are researched, hunted down and looked after by passionate and knowledgeable Collection Holders.”

Stephen Butler, Heritage Plants Coordinator at the Irish Garden Plant Society says: “One of the plants in our collection, Primula ‘Julius Caesar’ was presumed extinct, but excitingly it was rediscovered in the late 1990s by one of our members. Now, I’m delighted to say it has been spread across several gardens, and while it’s still not commercially available, it is no longer at risk of becoming extinct, which is fantastic.”

The Irish Garden Plant Society manages this new collection, which is 40 years in the making. The collection is based on work by Dr Charles Nelson, a horticultural taxonomist who helped form the society in 1981. The Irish Garden Plant Society published A Heritage of Beauty – The Garden Plants of Ireland after 20 years of research by Nelson in 2000. This encyclopaedia lists over 5,300 plants with an Irish connection, and while many are no longer in existence, Irish Garden Plant Society members have helped keep many alive over the past 40 years, which now form this newly accredited National Plant Collection.

Since A Heritage of Beauty – The Garden Plants of Ireland was published, over 100 cultivars with an Irish connection have been named and added to a database maintained by the Irish Garden Plant Society. This list comprises thousands of plants linked to Ireland, with all records maintained so that if any details about any plant (such as origin or date of introduction) is required, it is all in one place.

Dr Mary Forrest, Chair of the Irish Garden Plant Society adds: “We have been committed to conserving Ireland’s horticultural heritage for over 40 years, and the society is very honoured to have now been awarded National Plant Collection status by Plant Heritage. It is recognition of the value of the work of the society, the original research by Dr Charles Nelson and the past – and ongoing – hard work by all of our society members.”

Plant Heritage’s 695 National Plant Collections are created, and curated, by individuals or organisations (including Dublin Zoo which is home to the National Plant Collection of Libertia) all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland who are passionate about protecting the diversity of plants. These collections comprise a variety of plant groups from conifers to cacti, come in all sizes from miniature orchids to mighty oaks, and contain a staggering 95,000+ garden plants.

And finally, a reminder to everyone who has been busy saving seeds;
Please send to Debbie Bailey right away as she is now finalising the seed list.
Her address is;
Clonguaire, Ballynacarrig, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow.
If any members wish to share pictures or tales from their gardens please send them to

With best wishes to all
from Branka, Maeve
and the dedicated IGPS working Committees

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