In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure

Seamus O’Brien with Mary O’Neill at JFK Memorial Park after Seamus’ talk last week on plant hunting in Sikkim and China. Seamus gave an insight into the contents of his forthcoming book, “In the Footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker: A Sikkim Adventure” and it promises to be a fabulous volume. Seamus will deliver a talk […]

Gash Gardens – An Insight.

Mary Keenan, of Gash Gardens in Co. Laois, gave a talk recently at Kilkenny Castle, part of the series of talks organised by Shirley Lanigan with the Office of Public Works and the last of this year. In a way it was a very simple talk, a story really, but it caught my attention and […]

A Reflection on The Carlow Garden Festival  2015

It was a week of garden celebration and enjoyment, of gardening experts, gardening celebrities and enthusiastic followers travelling and gathering and sharing in plants and gardens. This was the Carlow Garden Festival, a week crammed full of events, talks, guided walks and garden visits which seems to grow and grow in its success year on […]

A Treasure Shared – Dahlia ‘Matt Armour’

For a gardener a plant is the perfect memento. We visited Glenveagh Castle Gardens in May of this year where we held our Annual General Meeting and enjoyed guided walks of the garden afterwards. There are two plants which are particularly associated with the gardens at Glenveagh. One is “Rhododendron ‘Mulroy Vanguard’ which was raised […]