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.


Ardgillan Demesne @ Ardgillan Castle
Aug 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Ardgillan Demesne @ Ardgillan Castle

Garden trip to Ardgillan Demesne

Dominica Mc Kevitt, head gardener at Ardgillan, has kindly agreed to guide RHSI members around
the gardens on Friday 13 th August.
There will be two groups as numbers for each are limited, one starting at 11am and one at 12.30pm.
Be sure to arrive on time as there is limited flexibility in the time slots available.

To book  on the 13th Click here

The Eircode for Ardgillan is K34 C984. Coming north on the M1, leave at junction 5. Coming south on
the M1, leave at junction 6. The website, has directions on the ‘visit us’ page.

RHSI Zoom talk
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
RHSI Zoom talk

An evening with Dan Hinkley

More details and booking info to follow shortly

RHSI Zoom – Karen Robinson
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Karen Robinson

An evening of floral art

More details to follow shortly

RHSI Zoom – Rob Brett
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
RHSI Zoom - Rob Brett

An evening with Rob Brett

Robert Brett
Curator, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Although I initially started my career in farming, my passion for plants and gardening began in earnest when I joined the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to undertake the three-year Diploma in Horticulture. Whilst a student I became interested in orchids, and after completing the diploma I  stayed at RBG Kew for a further six years working in the orchid department.

I was part of the team that put together the first ‘Kew Orchid Festival’. Since this time, I’ve had a wonderful career, which has included Cambridge University Botanic Garden (Glasshouse Supervisor) and Temperate Curator at the Eden Project. Before joining the team at RHS Garden Hyde Hall in 2015, I worked for the Sainsbury Laboratory Plant Science Research Facility at Cambridge. I have a keen interest in education and was awarded an MSc in Environment and Development Education in 2001. Away from plants, my other passions include music (playing guitar) and football.

More details to follow shortly



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

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

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’

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 Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage

Strokestown Park Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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