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


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RHSI Members: Please log into Members Area to book.


Spring into Action @ Wesley House
Feb 1 @ 2:30 pm

Spring into Action

A lecture by Maurice Parkinson who will outline what needs to be done and how, and what to admire in the spring garden; a favourite time at Ballyrobert Gardens. Maurice was formerly the Director of Parks in Belfast and currently the Chairman of the RHSI. He created Ballyrobert Gardens, a Robinsonian/naturalistic type garden in County Antrim. RHSI Members - Free on production of valid RHSI Membership Card.
Non Members €10 Member Booking Link

National Botanic Gardens & Glasnevin Cemetery @ Depart Foxrock Church
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am

Tour of the National Botanic Gardens & Glasnevin Cemetery.
Full Day Tour.
Full details and booking will follow shortly.
RHSI Members €50 on production of valid RHSI membership card.
Non-Members €60.  Member Booking Link

Willow Weaving Workshop @ Marlay Park
Feb 8 @ 9:30 am

Willow Weaving with Annmarie Bowring
Full details and booking to follow shortly.
Members €20 on production of valid RHSI membership card.
Non Members €25 Member Booking Link

Au Naturel with Ali Dietrich @ Wesley House
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm

Ali Dietrich’s work

Floral Art Demonstration
Au Naturel with Ali Dietrich

Ali Dietrich is an AOIFA demonstrator, a professional artist and designer with an emphasis on wood. She has won bronze and Silver in Bloom. Ali aims to use as little non sustainable materials including floral foam in her designs as possible.

Booking will follow soon.
Members - Free on production of a valid RHSI membership card.
Non Members €10  Member Booking Link

Designing a Potager @ Marlay Park
Feb 22 @ 9:30 pm

Designing a Potager with Annmarie Bowring
Full details and booking will follow shortly.
Members €20 on production of a valid RHSI membership card.
Non Members €25. Member Booking Link

Field of Dreams @ Wesley House
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm

RHSI Members Free - Non Members €10 Member Booking Link.

In a 16-year labour of love, Bob Salisbury and his wife, Rosemary, have transformed a barren corner of County Tyrone into a wildlife haven.

“When we acquired the first five acres, it was a rural desert, neglected and devoid of birdsong. It was nothing like the landscape Rosemary recalled from her childhood here, when there were skylarks, curlews and many small birds. We decided to try to turn the clock back.

“Neither of us were experts in biodiversity, we knew nothing of garden design, had little spare cash but we had a dream. We played it by ear and started planting trees under our own steam – over 1,000 whips of alder, oak, maple, ash, hazel and pine. We excavated three large ponds, thickened up existing hedgerows to form small woods and sowed a wildflower meadow. Then we waited with bated breath.

“Before long, the new ponds were visited by hundreds of frogs and newts, as well as heron, buzzard and otters. Mallard, teal, moorhen and water rail began breeding, the occasional dabchick, cormorant or merganser dropped in, and great diving beetles, ram-shorn water snails and water boatmen appeared. Fieldfares, house martins and swallows came in droves, charms of goldfinches swirled around the thistles and sparrow hawks hunted. Irish hares and barn owls appeared, the first seen in the area for over thirty years. Results of what seemed at times, a crazy scheme, exceeded our wildest dreams.

“When another nine acres came up for sale on our boundary, I applied for a forestry grant with the guidance of the Woodland Trust and put in another 4,500 native trees, creating 12 acres of woodland in total. A neighbour had already planted 38 acres of woodland and the farmer opposite is set to plant a further 22 acres so with our planting and the mature woodland in Seskinore Forest we now have a very sizeable woodland area.

“To date, we’ve spotted 64 bird species, many of them nesting, and 12 mammals – this morning we were watching hares on our lawn. When I look at photos of how it used to look, I wonder how on earth we got started in the first place. But we’ve managed to create what we’ve come to call the Fod, short for ‘Field of dreams’.”

Over the years we have come to realize that wildlife gardens are different. They look different, sound different and are magical and alive. In creating them we can feel we have made some small contribution towards preserving what we have. We now have our own ‘bee-loud glade’ with a dawn chorus which in the spring and summer is truly spectacular. If two total amateurs can achieve this turnaround then anyone can. It is a question of changing the way we think about gardening and wildlife and taking action rather than wringing our hands and sitting back. We set out fifteen years ago with an improbable dream but, in our small way, now feel we have managed to make a difference. In order to sustain our country’s wildlife the bottom line is that we must try to plant our meadows, build our ponds, plant our woodlands and rethink our gardening practices. Committed people can change the world. We must be prepared to put in more than we take out. In our view it is well worth the effort!

The book ‘Field of Dreams’ was published in May 2018 and has received excellent reviews.

Bob will talk to us about his wonderful wildlife garden in what is sure to be a truly inspiring and uplifting lecture.

Full Day Seminar @ National Botanic Gardens
Mar 14 all-day

RHSI Seminar “Sustainable Gardening”
Featuring Nigel Dunnett, Alys Fowler and Professor John Fitzgerald
Members €80 / Non Members €100 / Students €40

Member Booking Link

Alys Fowler is a gardener, writer and presenter.She writes a weekly column on gardening for The Guardian Weekend Magazine. She has contributed to Gardens Illustrated, The Observer Food Monthly, The National Geographic and Country Living. Alys trained at Royal Horticultural Society Wisley, The New York Botanical Gardens, and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. She has presented on BBC's Gardeners' World, The Great British Garden Revival, Our Food, and her own six-part series The Edible Garden. She regularly contributes to radio. She has keen interest in agriculture and food politics and is setting up an urban farm in Birmingham. She also teaches garden history, specialising in Italian gardens of the Renaissance era. She is fascinated by urban nature and how we make space for it.

John FitzGerald is Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council and is the leading expert in climate change in Ireland today. He is an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD. He is a former research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is currently also a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland. Between 2003 and 2007 he was a member of the board of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation.




Workshop – Seed Propagation @ Marlay Park
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am

Wednesday 21 WORKSHOP
“Seed Propagation” with Shirley Cullen
Marlay Park 09.30am Members €20/Non Members €25

Member Booking Link

Floral Art Demonstration – “The Splendors of Spring” @ Wesley House
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

“The Splendours of Spring” with Margaret Murphy
Members Free / Non Members €10  Member Booking Link

To avail of membership rates you must produce your RHSI membership card.

Margaret Murphy is a wonderful flower arranger but also a great gardener who puts a strong emphasis on using natural foliage grown in her own garden.   She is a member of Naas Flower Club, an  AOIFA demonstrator and a keen competitor who has won many awards including in Bloom.

Workshop – Container Vegetable Gardening @ Marlay Park
Mar 28 @ 9:30 am

Saturday 28 March WORKSHOP
“Vegetable Container Gardening” with Annmarie Bowring
Marlay Park 09.30am Members €20 / Non Members €25
To avail of member rates you must produce your RHSI membership card.

Member Booking Link



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

Coolaught Walled Garden

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, Blessington

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Kilgar Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

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

The Dower House

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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