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 – Tom Coward @ Online
Sep 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Tom Coward @ Online

‘William Robinson and Gravetye Manor’

Tom Coward, head gardener at Gravetye Manor, will talk about Irish gardener William Robinson and the enormous impact he had on 19th century gardening and the work currently undertaken at his former home, Gravetye Manor

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 ticke

RHSI Zoom – Carrie Preston
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Carrie Preston

Small Garden Design and A Garden for Ukraine’

Acclaimed American Garden designer Carrie Preston talks us through some of her recent design projects. She will focus on small garden design and include her Ukrainian themed garden “What Does Not Burn” which featured in Hampton Court Garden Show 2022. Members will be able to donate to the “Yellow and Blue makes Green” project which focuses on the rebuilding of public spaces, gardens and natural areas which have been destroyed by the war. Carrie will be donating her fee for this talk to the project.

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 – Fiann O’Nuallain
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Fiann O’Nuallain

The Holistic Gardener

Fiann O’Nuallain has a background in medicinal botany and social and therapeutic horticulture and will explain how gardening contributes to the science and practice of wellness.

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 Zoom – Maurice Parkinson
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Maurice Parkinson

Planting for Late Season Interest in the Garden’. Maurice Parkinson, owner of RHSI partner garden Ballyrobert, brings a wealth of gardening experience with him as he gives us plant suggestions, tips and tricks to keep interest in the autumn garden.

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 – Neil Porteus
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Neil Porteus

My Favourite Trees

Historic Garden Consultant and Plantsman Neil Porteus will introduce us to some of his favourite trees as well as updating us on the ongoing work at Anne’s Grove Garden.

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 Zoom – Chris Gardner
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Chris Gardner

The Flora of the Silk Road

Chris Gardner, plant enthusiast, naturalist and author will use his superb photographs to show us some of the many species of beautiful flowers he came across in travels from Turkey to 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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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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