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.


Des Doyle – Gravel Garden Heaven @ Online Zoom talk
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Des Doyle is a Garden Designer who has been developing the gardens at Lavistown House, Kilkenny since 2010. In his talk ‘Gravel Garden Heaven’ he will focus on the recent re-design of the plantings in his garden to include tougher, longer performing plants which thrive in a gravel environment. Now he waters much less, never stakes plants and enjoys interesting and relatively weed free days!
This talk explores how he made the garden, the plantings he chose, the criteria he used to select plants plus the nuanced thinking behind combining great structural planting with year round interest. He will go through the highs, lows and the learnings and include the plants that deliver the views throughout the year.

Eanna ni Lamhna – ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in the Garden’ @ Online Zoom talk
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Workshop making Snowdrop Lanterns.
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

more details to follow

Colm O’Driscoll – “Grow Soil harvest Food” @ Online Zoom talk
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

In this talk Colm will discuss vegetable production with a focus on working with the soil biology to produce healthy soil which translates to healthy vegetables. Learn how to reduce your inputs, cut your labour and reap the reward of a more environmentally sustainable method of growing vegetables. The talk will also discuss the evolution of the food garden in Airfield Estate and will include variety recommendations of some of the tastiest vegetables he has grown.



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’

Hunting Brook 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

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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