IGPS ebulletin January / February

Dear members
Welcome to another ebulletin.

There was an amazing turnout of almost 200 of us from all over Ireland and further afield for Rosemary Maye’s talk on 21st January; we think everyone who enjoyed it will want to say a big thank you to her for injecting some wonderful colour and enthusiasm into a dark January night. Here are just a few of the messages afterwards:

“Wonderful lecture, lovely garden.”
“A delight on a cold January night ”
“Great to sit with a cup of tea and forget about the woes of lockdown.”


  • The Zoom lectures are for all members regardless of where you live.
  • You only have to register once. If you have you already registered with Nichola Monk, you do not need to take any further action. She will automatically send you the link and passcode before the next lecture.
  • If you didn’t register at the time of her email in early January but would like to take part in either or both of the lectures described below, send a message to Nichola on igps.membership@gmail.com asking to be added to the list.

More talks
Saturday 20th February 2.10pm log on for 2.30pm start
Indulge in some much-needed escapism on Saturday 20th February and join us on Zoom to hear;

Mike Nelhams’ talk: Paradise Garden, the story of Tresco Abbey Garden.
Mike trained at RHS Wisley and first went to Tresco, the second largest of the Isles of Scilly, as a student in the mid 1970s. He returned as Head Gardener in 1984, becoming Garden Curator in 1994. He is an RHS judge on the Tender Plants Committee, judging at Chelsea and other RHS shows, and is a regular lecturer. Mike has a particular interest in plants from the Mediterranean and associated coastal regions of the world.

Please log into Zoom in good time as this is a joint lecture with our friends in the Alpine Garden Society, Ulster Branch, and we expect a large turnout.

Tuesday 2nd March at 7.40pm log on for 8.00pm start.
What a joy to have some snowdrops in the garden this winter; every little white bloom will be cherished even more than usual.
With the assistance of the Munster region;
Paddy Tobin: A Snowdrop Garden.
Paddy, who gardens near Waterford and has a particular interest in this genus. In this talk he will introduce us to his favourite snowdrops, from those that open the season in September to those which bring it to a close at the end of March. There will be suggestions for companion planting, comments on general cultivation, and a suggested cure for those afflicted with the madness of galloping galanthophilia.
Please note: because so many of us are taking part in these Zoom lectures, it is only possible to take written questions to the speaker. The facility to type in your question can be found under ‘Chat’ and Joanna, the Meeting Host, will ask it on your behalf. 
Seed Orders
Debbie Bailey says that there has been phenomenal interest in the seed list this year. She is hugely impressed but asks for your patience as she works through the orders.
January Newsletter
The Committee has become aware that a few members did not receive their Newsletter as a result of a glitch in the mailing house’s sorting machine. If you didn’t receive a Newsletter in the middle of January (pictured below) please let us know by emailing igps.ireland@gmail.com.
Post-Brexit Shopping for Plants
Not only are we being asked to Stay at Home because of the pandemic but following Brexit, there are complications importing plants from GB to Ireland, North and South, with Customs checks and phytosanitary certificates required. Most GB companies, if not all, have stopped delivering to Ireland. But there a lots of good local nurseries and suppliers who can offer mail order. Information is on the website and below.

Bord Bia has compiled a list at
…of nurseries and garden centres around Ireland. Please look through for online ordering and postal delivery within the island.

The Irish Specialist Nursery Association has many excellent nurseries listed at
with a wonderful selection of plants available online for easy posting within the island of Ireland.

Please let us know if your local nursery is not listed via igps.membership@gmail.com . We will be trying to update this information throughout the early part of the year.

Additions to the list:
Robert Miller,
Altamont Plants,
Ballon, Co Carlow
t. 00 (353) 87 982 2135

Maurice and Joy Parkinson
Ballyrobert Gardens
154 Ballyrobert Road
Co Antrim
BT39 9RT
00 (44) 28 93440101

Beechwood Nurseries Limited
32 Greyabbey road
Co Down
BT22 2NY

Dave Hardy
38 Esker Rd,
BT78 3LE
Phone00 (44) 28 8289 8398

Field of Blooms
Co Tipperary.
Tel. 00 (353) 87 640 6044

Irish Seed Savers Association,
Co Clare
Tel: 00 (353) 61 921856, 061 921866

Woodview, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick
Tel: 00(353)87 4185511, 0876406173

Susan Tindall
77, Magheratimpany Road,
Co Down,
BT24 8PA.
Telephone  00 (44) 28 97 562812

Snippets and Snaps
If you have a little time to spare during the current lockdown, why not send us a snippet about your gardening plans for the coming year or a photo of your favourite seasonal plant to share with other members? Contact us at igps.ireland@gmail.com.

The Season – Snow and Scent
Many thanks to members who have shared some seasonal photos with us:

  • Brid Kelleher for the photos of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postil’ and an early camellia,
  • Hilary & William McKelvey for their photo of an unnamed daffodil emerging from the snow,
  • Paddy Tobin for the delightful combination of winter aconites, Eranthus hyemalis, with Cyclamen coum, and
  • Seamus O’Brien for capturing some of the beauty of Kilmacurragh on a winter’s morning. Seamus’s photo shows Tilia x europea‘ Zwarte Linde’ which was planted to the rear of the walled garden in 1736 as part of a grand avenue laid out to celebrate the wedding of William Acton to Jane Parsons of Birr Castle.
Members may also be interested in the following online seminar, presented by the Garden and Landscape Design Association, GLDA.
Designing in Challenging Times, A Shift in Perspective
Garden & Landscape Designers Association Annual Seminar – online – 27 February 2021
 To design in challenging times is to design in interesting times. Challenges, whether they be environmental, economic or societal, bring about change and garden designers must respond to that change with new perspectives and creativity.
The event also marks the launch of a year-long celebration for the Association’s 25th Anniversary.

Tickets for the live-streamed seminar are available to purchase now from www.GLDA.ie as follows:
·       Non-member €70
·       Non-member & 1 year Friend subscription) €110
·       Member €60
·       Student & 1 year Student membership €45

And when everything seems a bit depressing, remember the days are getting longer and spring is on its way.

Branka & Maeve

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