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Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society was founded in 1943 and is one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin’s northside. Our society hosts two shows each year; one in Spring and one in Autumn. Our members enjoy a planned programme of events, outings, workshops and lectures throughout the seasons

October Lecture – “Rowallane – a Plant Paradise”

Averil Milligan, National Trust Gardener, Rowallane Garden, County Down. Photo courtesy of Averil Milligan.

Wednesday 4th October 2017
8pm Howth Yacht Club
A lecture by Averil Milligan, Head Gardener at Rowallane Garden, “Rowallane – a Plant Paradise”.  Rowallane is a magnificent, varied, fifty acre National Trust garden near Saintfield, County Down, famous for its display of plants from many parts of the world. Averil is the Head Gardener and has been at Rowallane for over 12 years. She is a very knowledgeable and engaging speaker.

Members, why not introduce a friend to HSHS by bringing them along to this event for free.  Admission fee for non members is €5

At each lecture we encourage members to bring along a choice of plants for distribution amongst ourselves. Contributors get first choice followed by others for a small fee. If there are any leftovers they will be nurtured for future plant stalls at the shows.

Autumn Show 2017

What an amazing Autumn show on Saturday 2nd September 2017- fantastic varied exhibits of Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables, Home Baking, Art & Craft and much much more!  As always a phenomenal amount and variety of unusual and valuable plants for sale, and great bargains to be had at the book stall.  Delicious teas and home-made cakes, advice & expertise on all matters horticultural, and a great excitement as all areas of the community came together for a chat and a laugh.  Thanks to all our helpers, exhibitors and visitors!

Our Greatest Spring Show Ever!

Many many thanks to all who attended, organised, helped and exhibited at our Spring Show, probably the best attended ever.

The exhibits were excellent, especially the daffodils, and we had more exhibits in the cookery classes than ever before.

A great day had by all.

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Thank you to Gary Mentanko


There was a terrific turnout on Wednesday 1st March for Gary Mentanko’s talk on The Flora of Artic Canada and the audience was not disappointed.  Gary, who is Canadian, took us on a ‘trip’ to Manitoba and around the Hudson Bay in particular.  One or two people had murmured before the talk that nothing would grow up there.  As Gary began to describe the territory I wondered if in fact they were correct, semi arid land with ice fog that prunes the buds off the plants, shallow soil, strong bitter winds and frost with plenty of Polar Bears prowling around.  However we saw Dryas integrifolia, Pyrola grandiflora, Mertensia maritime (an edible plant), a white flowered Linum lewesia (not used to make linen), lots of Saxifrages and Orchids and Kalmia procumbens (the Artic Azalia) to name but a few.  But it was not just a talk about plants, Gary also spoke about the history of the area, the animal life, the diet of the indigenous people, and the ecology.  He finished with some wonderful pictures of the Mosquitos!!!

Next Lecture

Wednesday 1st March 

Howth Yacht Club 8pm

A lecture by Gary Mentanko of the National Botanic Gardens “The Flora of Arctic Canada”. Gary’s knowledge and pictures of an exciting flora with which most of us are not familiar, will fascinate us all!


Our AGM was very well attended this year, thank you to all who came along.

Thank you, also to Pat Thornton for his excellent talk on “Dahlia Growing for Gardens and Horticultural Shows”




Wednesday 1st February 

Howth Yacht Club 8pm

Followed by a talk by Pat Thornton on “Dahlia Growing for Gardens and Horticultural Shows” You may not be a Dahlia grower but this lecture will inspire you!