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.


Easter Flower Arranging- CANCELLED @ Wesley House
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm

Easter Flower Arranging with Karen Robinson
Members €20 - Non Member €25

Member Booking Link      Non-Member Booking Link

Member rates dependant on producing a valid RHSI Membership Card

Day Tour – RHSI Russborough – CANCELLED @ Depart Foxrock Church
Apr 4 @ 9:30 am

Saturday 04 Day Tour to RHSI Russborough
Depart Foxrock Church 09.30am
Members €50  Member Booking Link

Corona North & Altamont – CANCELLED @ Wesley House
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm


Assumpta Broomfield graduated with distinction from the National Botanic Gardens in 1998 and is known to be one of Ireland’s most accomplished gardeners. She has worked in the private sector designing and constructing gardens including the Corona North Commemorative Border at Altamont.

At the beginning of the 20th century,  Altamont was one of the most important  gardens in Ireland. It is still one of the most important  gardens due to the passion and determination  of both Feilding Lecky Watson and his daughter  Corona North. This lecture traces the history of the garden using rare, exciting historical documents and photographs.

Original research is revealed in a talk that is also entertaining  and light-hearted.

Members free, to avail of the member rate you must have a valid RHSI membership card

Non members €10

Member Booking Link      Non-Member Booking Link

RHSI Plant Sale – CANCELLED @ St Brigid's Parish Centre
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Propagation & Division – CANCELLED @ Marlay Park
Apr 29 @ 9:30 am

Workshop - Propagation & Division with Bruce Johnson

Members €20, a valid RHSI Membership Card is required to avail of member rates.

Non Members €25

Member Booking Link      Non-Member Booking Link

May 6 @ 7:00 pm

RHSI Members Only

Growing Microgreens & Sprouting – CANCELLED @ Marlay Park
May 13 @ 9:30 am

Workshop - Growing Microgreens & Sprouting with Margaret Quinn

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

Day Tour – Spring Gardens of Louth & Meath – CANCELLED @ Depart Foxrock Church
May 16 @ 9:00 am

Saturday 16th May  Day Tour to spring Gardens of Louth & Meath
Depart Foxrock Church 09.30am

Led by Emily O'Kane and Susan Loughnane
Members €80  Member Booking Link

We will be visiting the following:

Woodmill Bridge Garden - circa 8 acres,
Woodmill Bridge is a private garden set in a mature, deciduous woodland in a bend of the river Mattock, near the historic Mellifont Abbey. There are roughly 8 acres of landscaped woodland, including a sheltered ravine featuring Rhododendrons, Bamboo, Magnolias, Ferns, Hostas, Hellebores and many other woodland plants & bulbs. There are paths & rustic steps throughout this part of the garden. There is also an upper woodland, which consists of large swathes of planting with hoggin paths meandering in between. The main features here are mass plantings of Hostas, Ferns, Epimediums, Irises, Pachyphragma and more. There is also an area of Yew clipped into shapes and another area with topiary box. Lawn & gravel surround the house.

Cottage Gardens Bettystown,
- A series of old thatched Fishermans cottages each surrounded by a Plantpersons garden,unusual plants and artistic designs.

Lunch @ Baltray Golf Club,

Boyne Garden Centre - this well established centre is attractive and well stocked with a special emphasis on planting for pollinators. It caters for both the discerning and the novice gardener.

Cost is all inclusive - coach hire, garden entrance,tea/coffee,lunch,gratuities

Depart Foxrock Church car park @ 09:00
Free parking on a Saturday !
(If you wish to be picked up at Blackrock Dart station please phone the Office)

2 Day Tour – Galway – CANCELLED @ Depart Foxrock Church
May 21 @ 8:30 am

Two Day Tour to Galway                                  21/22 May     Members €205

by Brenda Branigan and Susan Loughnane  Member Booking Link

This tour includes visits to  Lorna McMahon and Carl Wright's gardens in Galway, with overnight stay in Hodson Bay Hotel and a visit Paula Byrne's Kilgar Gardens (new RHSI Partner Garden) on return.

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



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

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

The Dower House

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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