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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer, you can view these events in a calendar format.
RHSI Members: Please log into Members Area to book.
Saturday 04 Day Tour to RHSI Russborough
Depart Foxrock Church 09.30am
Members €50 Member Booking Link
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
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)
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.
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