Notes from Bellefield by Head Gardener Paul Smyth

What can we say. What an absolutely marvellous launch we've had at RHSI Bellefield. Over 1000 of you made the journey to the garden from all over the country.

It was truly wonderful to stand in the sunken garden surrounded by so many keen visitors as the story of Tommy's border, the snowdrops and tales of Angela were recounted.

Our most brilliant volunteers - from those who so happily directed and parked (and occasionally pushed!) cars, to the ever cheerful team inside delivering coffee. They all deserve a huge thanks, without them the weekends would not have been the success it was.

To see hundreds of both members and non members enjoying the garden was just great and the positive remarks, well wishes and offers of help are all very much appreciated.

On a personal level to see Bellefield full of life after a 2 year absence of people was the most rewarding part of the entire weekend. I'm delighted that so many made the effort to see the garden and our plans for it.

Thank you all for making our first Snowdrop weekends so special and being there at the start of this exciting journey for both the RHSI and Bellefield.

A very warm welcome to all of the new RHSI members who signed up at Bellefield, we look forward to seeing you again over the coming months and if anyone is interested in volunteering at RHSI Bellefield please email

Up coming Events


RHSI Bellefield will be open on the following dates in 2024 for visitors. Please do join us and follow the gardens progess over the course of the season

Feb 8/11th Snowdrop Weekend

Mar 24 Plant Sale

May 18th and 19th Open Weekend

June 22nd and 23rd Open Weekend

July 20th and 21st Open Weekend

Sept 21st and 22nd Open Weekend

Memebers free

Non Members - €7.00

Tickets available for these events on or at the gate

Staying at RHSI Bellefield

RHSI Bellefield

The renowned architect and garden designer Angela Jupe, who died in 2021, left her house and gardens at Bellefield, Shinrone, Co Offaly to the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI). As well as a house and cottages, the grounds include a 2 acre walled garden with a noted collection of perennial plants and rare bulbs, pasture, forestry, a bog area managed for biodiversity and a plantation of native trees.

The RHSI are delighted to announce that, following Angela Jupe’s extraordinarily generous bequest, our good fortune continues with Paul Smyth agreeing to be Head Gardener at RHSI Bellefield. Very exciting times for the RHSI.

" I'm delighted, honoured and very excited to announce that I am taking on the role of head gardener at Bellefield House and Gardens in Co Offaly. To be known as RHSI Bellefield

I was extremely lucky to have been mentored by Bellefield's last owner Angela Jupe who bequeathed the house and gardens to the RHSI to become their training garden.

Angela was a visionary thinker, garden designer, plantswoman, architect, and collector to name but a few of her varied skills and interests. She was an important figure in my career and someone I always turned to.

I have been involved since Angela's death in the upkeep of the site along with a few other key people who have worked tirelessly to maintain the house and gardens.

We will have various open days next year, starting with some in February for Snowdrop season. Bellefield has one of the finest collections in Ireland of both named and naturalised snowdrops. Keep an eye on our brand new Instagram page @rhsibellefield for updates.

To Angela I say thank you. We hope to honour your generosity and to inspire new generations of gardeners. Bellefield with its 2 acres of walled garden, parkland, pasture, meadows, woodlands and bog is a remarkable site, with lots of potential. It is an honour to be able to be trusted with the task of being the new custodian of this remarkable place.

I look forward to welcoming some of you there in the year ahead!" Paul Smyth RHSI Bellefield

RHSI Bellefield House and Gardens
Co Offaly

Tel: 083 8250647
Follow us on Instagram: RHSI Bellefield



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

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballyedmond Castle Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Demesne

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Caher Bridge Garden

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Drimbawn Garden

Dromana House and Gardens

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Hunting Brook Gardens

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 and Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens


Mount Congreve Gardens

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage


Strokestown Park Gardens

Tourin House & Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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