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.


Workshop – Planting a New Bed @ Marlay Park
Jun 6 @ 9:30 am

Planting a New Bed with Cherry Sleeman

Members €20 Non-Members €25

To avail of member rates you must have a valid RHSI membership card.

Member Booking Link      Non-Member Booking Link

Workshop – Introduction to Garden Design @ Marlay Park
Jun 13 @ 9:30 am

Introduction to Garden Design with Philip Hollwey

Members €20 Non-Members €25

To avail of member rates you must have a valid RHSI Membership Card.
Member Booking Link      Non-Member Booking Link

4 Day Tour of North Tipperary & Offaly @ Depart Foxrock Church
Jun 16 @ 9:30 am

Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 Tour of Offaly / North Tipperary led by Susan Loughnane and Emily O’Kane.

Members €420 Single Room Supplement   €50   Member Booking

Based at The Abbey Court Hotel,Nenagh
- (Attached to the hotel is an attractive rose garden)

On route we visit Ballintubbert House Gardens (14 acres) guided tour with the Head gardener,
Over the next two days we visit :-
Castletown Glebe - Fedelma Tierney
Curraquill, Garden - LuLu Bergin
Garville Garden - Maire Wixted (proceeds to Charity)
John Bourkes ( private garden )
Coolwater (Partner Garden ) and Cahernorry,
On the return journey we visit Birr Castle in the morning.
Lunch at Castle Durrow followed by a guided tour of the gardens,

Cost inclusive of Coach hire,garden entrance,tea/coffee, and gratuities.
Lunch at own expense,

Depart Foxrock Church @ 09:30

If you wish to be picked up at Blackrock Dart Station,please contact the RHSI office.

Day Tour Carlow @ Depart Foxrock Church
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am

Tour Led by Emily O'Kane
Members €80 Member Booking Link. Non Members €100

We visit  Hardymount Gardens  formerly owned by Sheila Reeves Smyth now in the hands of her daughter Justina and husband Mark

Lunch at Hardymount,

The  Hollwey Garden - owned and maintained by Philip Hollwey.
Philip is well known in the RHSI - he is a garden designer, was a Council member for many years and is currently on the Board.

Altamont Plants for some plant therapy ( privately run by Robert Miller )
Set in the walled garden,full of colour in Summer,

Cost is all inclusive of coach hire,garden entrances,tea/coffee,lunch,gratuities

Depart Foxrock Church @ 09:00 sharp  (Free parking on a Saturday)
If you wish to meet the coach at Blackrock Dart Station please phone the office

RHSI Russborough Garden Show @ Russborough House and Parklands
Jul 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The RHSI Russborough Garden Show was established by the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland and The Alfred Beit Foundation in 2017. It combines a Marketplace with hosted talks and activities for all ages. The 2020 Show takes place on July 12. More soon …

Evening Tour – Private Garden in Wicklow @ Foxrock Church
Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Led by Debbie Bailey

Members €40 Member Booking Link 

Non Members €55

RHSI Sweet Pea Show @ The Teak House, National Botanic Gardens
Jul 18 @ 2:30 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm
Day Tour – Mount Stewart @ Depart Foxrock Church
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am

Led by Emily O'Kane
Members €80 Member Booking Link Non Member €100

Mount Stewart Gardens:- National Trust property,
The garden at Mount Stewart is unique and of rare quality, being one of the few late compartmentalised Arts and Crafts-like gardens. It is a deeply personal garden, the creation of Edith, Lady Londonderry in the early 20th century building on a pre-existing historic 18th and 19th century landscape. The strong artistic theme is combined with an unrivalled plant collection which is protected and augmented via our nursery and propagation operation situated in the old walled garden. Voted one of the top ten gardens in the world.

The House:-
Mount Stewart house has always been a ‘home’ for the Londonderry family, a place that has been touched by the various generations who have loved it. Whilst always respecting the past and finding inspiration from its history, Mount Stewart has been unafraid of change throughout the generations, endeavouring to remain relevant in modern times, the result being that it still retains that feeling of a family home for all who visit with us.
Recently refurbished at a substantial cost.
The house can be viewed on 'a free flowing basis ' - optional !

Neil Porteous is Head Gardener at Mt.Stewart and is special adviser to the National Trust. He is well known to many in the RHSI and has very kindly agreed to lead us through the beautiful gardens.

Cost is inclusive of Coach hire,admission,tea/coffee, Lunch and gratuities

Depart Foxrock Church @09:00 ( Free parking on a Saturday)
(If you wish to meet the coach at Blackrock Dart Station,please contact the office)

Floral Art Demonstration with Roisin Graham & Marie Laird @ Wesley House
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm

Members Free, to avail of member rates you must produce a valid RHSI Membership Card.
Non-Members €10

Lecture – From There to Here. From Here to Where @ Wesley House
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm

with Shirley Lanigan

Members Free, Book Here. To avail of member rates you must have a valid RHSI membership card.
Non-Members €10



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

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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