The RHSI and the Alpine Garden Society are happy once again to be co-authors of this week’s newsletter.

Many gardens are looking forward to reopening with social distancing on 3 June. RHSI Partner Gardens should send details of their proposed summer opening times to  for circulation to members.

We are delighted so many people are enjoying this newsletter. Thank you to all contributors, RHSI members, members of the IGPS and the AGS who together have made these last issues so interesting.

A special thanks to Mary Hackett who edited the last eight newsletters. Shirley Cullen has kindly agreed to edit the next newsletters.Thanks also to Catríona Moloney who prepares the mail chimp to members each week.

Please keep the articles coming to Your article may not be published immediately but we appreciate that you take the time to write.

The RHSI and the Alpine Garden Society are happy once again to be co-authors of this week’s newsletter.

Most nurseries, garden centers and farmers’ markets in the Republic of Ireland reopened this week.

Many gardens are looking forward to reopening to the public under controlled conditions on 3 June. RHSI partner gardens should contact the RHSI with details of upcoming events.

TJ Maher, of Patthana Garden in Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, has rescheduled his garden course which will now start at the end of July. Link here for details.

A revised list of ISNA plant fairs for 2020 is available. Link here.

The 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is online until 23 May. Go to to experience the Show from your sofa.


Regretfully, the RHSI would like to confirm to members that all tours for 2020 are cancelled. A tour schedule for 2021 will be circulated at a later date. Refunds will be made for all bookings.

The RHSI and the Alpine Garden Society are happy to be co-authors of this week’s newsletter.

From Monday 18 May most nurseries, garden centers and farmers’ markets in the Republic of Ireland will reopen to the public.

As some members of both the RHSI and the AGS will continue to use on-line suppliers, this week’s email newsletter includes a list of garden centers, nurseries and flower growers offering online and mail-order sales. If your favorite nursery is not on this list, please let us know at Previous newsletters in this series have listed many of the excellent nurseries and growers serving Irish gardeners, north and south. All need your support now.

It is always good to pass on news of an Irish horticultural success and we are delighted to hear that Christopher White recently received his Harry Howarth Gold Medal for Dahlia ‘Aggie White’ being the best performing cultivar in the 2019 Leeds trials. The dahlia was named for Christopher’s mother. Congratulations to Christopher and greetings to Mrs White.

It can’t be quite the same but it is good to know that the 2020 RHS Chelsea Flower Show is going virtual. It will be online from 18 to 23 May. Go to to experience the Show from your sofa.

Bord Bia have released details of Bloom at Home 2020.

With the help of Bord Bia, we have updated the list of nurseries, garden centers and flower farms all over the island presently doing mail order, telephone or on-line business and this is being sent to members in the weekly email newsletter.  There are so many good nurseries and growers in Ireland and they could all use your support. So now and when things open up again, please remember local nurseries and give them your business.

The internet is an amazing resource for gardeners in lockdown. For anyone who missed Noel Kingsbury’s YouTube talk about Piet Oudolf, you can find it on Noel’s website. Highly recommended.

The Tea Time Talks on Zoom are also excellent. Annie Guilfoyle and Noel Kingsbury offer Master Classes in Gardening and Design.  As their classes cannot now go ahead, they have decided to hold Tea Time Talks every day, Monday to Friday, from 4.00pm until about 5.00pm.  They are subsequently posted on YouTube

Covid 19 Information: All RHSI activities are suspended until further notice

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Bellefield House

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dower House

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Irish National Stud and Gardens – The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Garden

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

June Blake’s Garden

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Kilgar Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

Killyreagh Garden

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kilravock Garden

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Strokestown Park Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

The Bay Garden

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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