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.


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

Seed Collecting, Cleaning, Storage and Winter Sowing – Workshop @ Marlay Park
Oct 17 @ 9:30 am

Shirley is an avid propagator, especially of seeds, growing plants for her own garden, sharing with fellow gardeners and with propagation in her veins, she enjoys experimenting with more unusual and rare seeds.    

Shirley is delighted to share her techniques, tips and ideas at a Seed Collecting Workshop. We will take seeds out of their over-wintered cold, dark storage and prepare them for a new season of life and reproduction and so all Workshop participants become part of this fascinating plant cycle.

Autumn Seed Collecting Workshop:

Seed collecting can become a bit of an obsession, there are people who would not pass a plant without ‘borrowing’ a seed or more and isn’t that a wonderful thing for that plant to find a new home somewhere else.  After all, there is only one aim in a fertile plant’s life and that is to grow, flower, reproduce, set seed and either die or go into dormancy, it has done its thing!   Plants will go to extraordinary lengths in order to get their flowers pollinated and have their seeds spread far and wide and they have adapted due to some difficult circumstances, to still carry on the legacy of their parent plant. 

What participants will learn:

Participants will learn how to recognise when a seedpod is ready for collecting, how to store the pods to dry out and how to store seeds after drying completely ready for over-winter storage.

For those seeds that require Stratification (period of low temperature and moisture) they need to be sown in late Autumn/early Winter, allowing them the natural cold of winter to break their dormancy.   As climate changes and our Autumn temperatures are remaining relatively mild, 

You will learn how to give these seeds the periods of cold/warmth that are needed for success.

General care of Seeds over winter. 

Members €20, Non members €25

Lecture – For the Love of Trees @ Wesley House
Oct 17 @ 2:30 pm

for the Love of Trees with Mary Keenan
Members Free, please bring your valid RHSI Membership Card
Non-Members €10

Floral Art Demonstration – All Things Christmas @ Wesley House
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm

Floral Art Demo with Karen Robinson

Members Free, please bring your valid RHSI membership card.
Non-Members €10.

Workshop – Christmas Flower Arranging ‘Naturally’ @ Marlay Park
Nov 28 @ 9:30 am

RHSI Members €20
Non-Members €25



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

Ballycommane Garden

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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