Across Divides

It is widely agreed that the nature of the biodiversity crisis necessitates an all-island response. In this episode, we look at the ways that communities can be enabled to tackle this crisis through collaborative approaches.

We explore the intersection of ecology with archaeology, heritage, and sense of place, and the value of knowledge gathering and sharing. As we move through shifting normals, with each new generation seeing the ecosystem conditions in which they grew up as ‘normal’, we explore how people’s awareness can change as they get involved in local biodiversity projects.


Dr Una Fitzpatrick is a senior ecologist at the National Biodiversity Data Centre. She is responsible for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Mark Horton is the All Ireland Director of The Rivers Trust and chairperson of Ballinderry Rivers Trust.

Shirley Clerkin is the heritage officer at Monaghan County Council. An environmental scientist, she studied law before working in the NGO sector including the Irish Wildlife Trust and An Taisce. County Heritage Officer – Monaghan County Council | LinkedIn


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About Us – Monaghan Heritage It is widely agreed that the nature of the biodiversity crisis necessitates an all-island response. In this episode, we look at the ways that communities can be enabled to tackle this crisis through collaborative approaches.

Discount code for Bloom

We are delighted to announce that Bord Bia’s Bloom Garden Festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin is returning to the Park this June Bank Holiday from the 2nd – 6th June 2022.

RHSI members get a very special Bloom ticket offer for 2022 as per previous years.  Book on-line only before June 1st and use the promotional code BUD22 to get an extra €2 discount off advance ticket price to Bloom. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Log on to to purchase your ticket and find out all about Bloom 2022.

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Three new PG Gardens

We are delighted to welcome three Munster newcomers to our terrific collection of Partner Gardens. Dawros Gallery & Garden in Co. Kerry, along with Tourin House & Gardens and Springhill, both in Co Waterford.
Please see full information on the RHSI website. And, by scrolling to the end of the Partner Gardens section, you can find the listings for each county and maybe arrange to view a few gardens clustered in the same area.


This contemporary five acre garden situated near Kenmare in Co Kerry features an abundance of mass planted grasses and drifts of perennials inspired by the Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf. The garden, situated in native woodland along the Dromoughty River waterfall also includes native bog and wildlife ponds, an orchard and woodland garden.
The Gallery exhibits jewellery and paintings, many inspired by the garden.

Dawros Gallery & Garden
Dromoughty Falls
Kenmare, Co Kerry. VQ2 0Y3

Vehicular access limited to cars and vans only due to narrow access bridge.
Appointments to visit by email only.
Free entry to RHSI members on presentation of current membership card.


Situated on the banks of the River Blackwater with a fine view of the Knockmealdown mountains to the north, Tourin is surrounded by arable land and a fifteen acre garden with mature broadleaved trees and a fine collection of shrubs and plants. An Italianate-style villa with classical proportions, Tourin House is home to the Jameson family of Irish Whiskey fame. The present generation of Kristin, Andrea and Tara are all three artists and passionate gardeners.

Tourin House & Gardens
Co Waterford. P51 YY1K
Tel: 058 54405
Mobile: 086 811 3841

Gardens open April-Sept, Tuesday-Saturday 1pm-5pm.
Entry fee: 50% reduction for RHSI members on presentation of current membership card.


The gardens at Springhill above the River Suir have been continuously planted over the past thirty five years by the present owners. There is a more manicured garden around the house, complete with a pool, herbaceous planting, box hedging and maze. The garden gradually extends out over six acres in a Robinsonian style with a great variety of rare and mature trees reaching the peripheral shelter belt of native trees planted by the owners when they first arrived in 1987.

Co Waterford X91 E7W6
Tel: 051 874 503
Mobile:087 2737 165

Visits by appointment only, using mobile or landline.
Free entry to RHSI members on presentation of current membership card

In Harmony with Nature..

In May 2022, the IGS will explore the history of the Irish Country House Garden at the City Assembly House, Dublin, with the launch of In Harmony with Nature: The Irish Country House Garden 1600-1900. Alongside this unique exhibition, Stepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland’s Walled Gardens will return to the walls of the O’Connell Room, and feature specially commissioned paintings of Irish Walled Gardens by four leading artists. Curated by Robert O’Byrne, former vice-President of the IGS, both exhibitions are not to be missed and will be of exceptional interest to anyone with an interest in Irish gardens and gardening. The Exhibition will be open to the public from 20th May to late July, Tuesday-Sunday (10am-5pm).

In Harmony with Nature: The Irish Country House Garden

While the changing landscape of the Irish countryside has been extensively examined in recent decades, the evolution of gardens attached to country houses remains under investigated.

This exhibition will explore the history of the Irish Country House Garden using paintings, engravings and photographs as well as film and other media creating an exciting, engaging and informative experience.

It will open c.1600 with sites around castles and fortified houses such as those at Lismore, County Waterford and Portumna, County Galway, and it will end with two great island gardens created just before the First World War: Garnish, County Kerry and Lambay, County Dublin.

The exhibition will consider what makes our gardens different from those found in other countries. What plants were favoured during which eras? Who were the most significant plantsmen and women? What role did owners play in laying out a garden? Who were the most important gardeners? What new species were introduced to Ireland, especially in the 19th century?

Stepping Through the Gate: Inside Ireland’s Walled Gardens

Walled gardens have a long history going back millennia having often simultaneously served not just as places to grow fruit and vegetables, but also areas of privacy and of protection from intemperate weather conditions.

This exhibition will feature fifty specially commissioned paintings of Walled Gardens by four distinguished artists: Lesley Fennell, Andrea Jameson, Maria Levinge and Alison Rosse.

All four artists are active gardeners and are people who understand plants. Alison Rosse and her husband inherited responsibility for one of Ireland’s finest demesnes at Birr Castle which includes superlative walled gardens laid out by his late parents. Lesley Fennell can take credit for creating a truly lovely garden at Burtown, County Kildare. Together with her two sisters, at Tourin, County Waterford, Andrea Jameson ensures that the walled garden remains as productive as ever, while Maria Levinge, having moved house a few years ago, embarked on establishing a new garden in County Wexford.

Paintings in the exhibition will be available for purchase.

Digging New Ground, the Irish Country House Garden 1650-1900

To coincide with these exhibitions the Irish Georgian Society has published Digging New Ground, the Irish Country House Garden 1650-1900. Edited by Finola O’Kane and Robert O’Byrne, this book investigates the history, design and planting of the Irish country house garden and considers garden making as an art form in all its dimensions. It is available in the City Assembly House, on the IGS shop website and in all good bookshops.

Digging New Ground

ISNA Plant Fairs

Upcoming Irish Specialist Nursery Association plant sales

ISNA Plant Fair at Airfield House and Gardens, Dundrum, Dublin 14 on 22nd May.  It runs from 9.30am to 5pm and many of our members will be there with trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and garden paraphernalia.  Advance booking is available on the Airfield site.

ISNA will be taking part in the Mallow Home and Gardens Show which takes place on Friday 27th, Sat 28th and Sunday 29th May.



Biodiversity Week

Make a date with the Organic Centre this Biodiversity Week from May 13th- May 22nd with their bustling line up of free events in partnership with the Irish Environmental Network.
There’s something for everyone.

Find out more about the now famous wildlife being spotted around the centre with our trail camera, and how we all might take care of nature.
There will be discussions on how biodiversity can impact health to tours including on sustainable forestry.
Check out what you can spot on the new walk that leads to the centre with our botanists.
And why don’t you and your family explore for butterfly’s and bugs or enjoy a natured themed craft workshop.

Find out more here.

Discover Oakfield Park in Donegal

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend a day out in Donegal, Oakfield Park is a wonderful place to escape with family and friends. Located in Raphoe in east Donegal, Oakfield Park is one of the county’s best loved outdoor attractions and has everything you need to plan the perfect outdoor adventure.

The grounds at Oakfield Park includes a host of sites for families, couples and friends to explore including walled gardens, ponds, lakes, an outdoor playground, a hedge maze, heritage trees and sculptures. Children can make a wish at Oakfield Park’s Faerie tree, while navigating their way through the extensive walks and trails and garden lovers can enjoy guided tours of the upper gardens.

Weave your way through the park’s gardens along 4.5km of narrow-gauge track on Oakfield Park’s diesel and steam trains, the ‘Duchess of Difflin’ and ‘The Earl of Oakfield’. The train operate passenger trips around the grounds, which is a magical way to explore the park’s gardens as the train passes through flower meadows, beautiful woodlands, willow tunnels, oak circles, boardwalks, heritage trees, a wooden causeway and sparking streams and lakes.

After a day exploring the parklands, visitors can refuel in Buffers Restaurant which is open daily and returning with a delicious new menu created with produce from the park’s gardens, and a special menu for vegans.

Oakfield Park is open from April to September and one the park’s annual highlight events, Oakfest, will return in 2022 with an exciting line-up of musicians. Other family friendly events to look out for during the summer season include Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays and Garden Tours. Whether you’re on a group tour, a gardening excursion or a Wild Atlantic Way adventure, Oakfield Park is the perfect place to spend a magical day in Donegal.

For April, May & September Oakfield Park is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6pm and open every day in June, July and August. Visit or call +353 (0) 74 91 73922.



Airfield Estate Gardens

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballyedmond Castle Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Demesne

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Dromana House and Gardens

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Hunting Brook Gardens

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 and Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens


Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage


Strokestown Park Gardens

Tourin House & Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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