Upcoming Events

The Events Committee of the RHSI organise a full and varied programme of events for members and guests. Some events must be pre-booked. Early booking is advisable and bookings are taken on a first come first served basis.


Lectures take place on Wednesday evenings and during the winter months, on Saturdays afternoons. There is a fantastic range of prominent speakers from gardeners to designers and plant specialists from Ireland and abroad who share a wealth of experience and photographs.

Floral Art demonstrations also take place on Wednesday evenings. We have many well known floral artists from Ireland and occasionally from abroad who come and show us new and innovative ways of creating flower arrangements. Gala demonstrations organised at Christmas are always a sell-out and early booking is advisable.

Day tours are organised during the summer months and are extremely popular. The tours consist of visits to gardens of which many are not usually open to the general public, as well as visits to other well known gardens. Travel is by coach leaving from south Dublin but with the option to meet the coach along the route for country members is required.

Overnight tours in Ireland and abroad are arranged each year. These are also very popular and can be booked up very quickly.

All events are listed on the programme. At times a last minute opportunity for a special garden visit or lecture may arise and these are posted on the website and sent to members by email as soon as they become available.

Lectures and floral art demonstrations are usually held in Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 4. Some lectures and seminars are held in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Full details are listed under each event.

Non members are very welcome to join our events many of which must be pre-booked. Occasionally events will be restricted to members only.

For further information please contact Deborah Bailey at


If you prefer, you can view these events in a calendar format.



RHSI Members: Please log into Members Area to book.


RHSI Zoom – Tina Claffey
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Portal – Otherwordly Wonders of Ireland’s Bogs, Wetlands and Eskers

Tina Claffey is an Irish nature photographer who specialises in macro photography. Her new book ’Portal’ offers a unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the unspoilt raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands.

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RHSI Zoom – Anne Repnow
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Snowdrops and Friends

Well known German Galanthophile and author Anne Repnow lives and gardens near Heidelberg in Germany. Her passion for early spring planting will educate, entertain and inform on Snowdrops and the companion plants she grows with them.

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RHSI Zoom – Mike Nelhams
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Tresco Abbey Gardens

Mike Nelhams has been head gardener and later Curator of Tresco Abbey Gardens since 1984. As well as being synonymous with Tresco, he has a special interest in Mediterranean and coastal region plants and is an RHS judge on the Tender Plants Committee.

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RHSI Bellefield – Snowdrop weekend @ RHSI Bellefield
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – Feb 19 @ 4:00 pm

RHSI Bellefield, Shinrone, Co Offaly.

Gardens open to view the snowdrops 11am to 4pm on 17th, 18th and 19th of February


RHSI Zoom – Robert O’Byrne
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
RHSI Zoom - Robert O'Byrne

Irish Walled Gardens across the Centuries

Walled gardens have been created around the world for millennia, but their function and design has periodically changed, not least here in Ireland. In this talk, historian Robert O’Byrne will look at the evolution of Irish walled gardens, from those attached to monasteries in the Middle Ages, until their Golden Age in the late-19th century and through to the present period.

This is a free event for members but is also open to non members for the small fee of €5.00  Click here to purchase your ticket


RHSI Bellefield – Snowdrop weekend @ RHSI Bellefield
Feb 24 @ 11:00 am – Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm
RHSI Bellefield - Snowdrop weekend @ RHSI Bellefield

RHSI Bellefield, Shinrone, Co Offaly.

Gardens open to view the snowdrops 11am to 4pm on 24th, 25th and 26th of February


RHSI Zoom – Colin Jones
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Irish Botanical Expedition to Ladakh in 2022

Colin Jones was one of a group of Irish gardeners who went on a botanical expedition to Ladakh, India, in the western Himalaya last summer. His talk will take us to this exciting area and show us some of the high-altitude plants they came across and why they might be relevant to Irish gardeners in a changing climate.

This is a free event for members but is also open to non members for the small fee of €5.00  Click here to purchase your ticket

Sanguisorba hakusanensis

RHSI Zoom – Chris Gardner
Mar 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Chris Gardner

The Flora of the Silk Road

‘Flora of the Silk Road’. Botanist and experienced tour guide and photographer Chris Gardner will introduce us to some of the 500 varieties of flora found along this ancient trade route which runs 5000 miles through the exotic landscapes of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Central Asia and China.

This is a free event for members but is also open to non members for the small fee of €5.00  Click here to purchase your ticket

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RHSI Zoom – Madeline Mckeever
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Interesting varieties of Vegetables and how to Grow them

Madeline Mc Keever of Brown Envelope Seeds in West Cork will introduce us to some exciting heritage vegetables, talk about their importance and give us some tips and tricks on how to grow them.

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Fresh and organic vegetables in the garden

RHSI Zoom – Nigel Hopes
Apr 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Spring has Sprung

Nigel Hopes is head gardener at Ashwood nurseries where specialities include Hellebores, Cyclamen, Salvias, Hydrangeas, Hepaticas, Primula auriculas and Lewisias. The garden is the vision of Ashwood Nurseries owner John Massey and is regarded as one of the finest in the UK and has featured on TV on numerous occasions.

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Forthcoming Events

Day Tour to Altamont Garden, Co Carlow

Saturday 09 February, 2019

Floral Art demonstration by Suzanne Cray

Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

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 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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