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About HSHS Admin

Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society was founded in 1943 and is one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin’s northside. The principal aims and objectives of the society are: the encouragement of Horticulture in all its branches, the holding of shows and lectures and the promotion of home industries. The Society follows these objectives through an annual programme of events comprising two major shows, lectures and outings.

Spring Plant Sale in aid of St. Francis Hospice Raheny


Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society

Spring Plant Sale in aid of St. Francis Hospice Raheny

GOOD NEWS.  Despite COVID-19 and the Lockdown, the HSHS long tradition of plant sales shall continue with full respect for government guidelines, and in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

We need homes for all those plants which should have been on the Spring Show Plant Stall. We do not have the storage capacity to maintain them till times improve. Unfortunately, as Janet and David Jeffrey are cocooned, they cannot invite you to visit their garden. Instead, Conall and Nuala have kindly agreed to distribute the plants grown by Janet and David, along with their own contribution and that of Karl and Marcella, from their driveway at ‘Ardan’.  Windgate Road.

There are hundreds of plants available, so plenty to go around. They all are looking magnificent! We will send out a list of plants in the charity sale shortly in a separate email.


Saturday May 2nd                            All times by prior appointment only

Sunday May 3rd                         All times by prior appointment only

How to Book an Appointment:

To ensure SOCIAL DISTANCING guidelines are observed only one family will be able to enter the driveway at a time.

You book an appointment to visit the plant sale by selecting one of the time-slots available on this Doodle diary. 

  1. Click on the link will bring you to a calendar where you can select your time to visit.
  2. Fill in your name
  3. Select the time you wish to attend
  4. Turn up to select your plants
  5. Put your contribution in the donation box in aid of St. Francis Hospice (no change available)

The driveway of Ardán, Windgate Road, Howth (the garden will not be open to visit).

    Funds have never been more needed than in the present crisis.

Do not arrive without an appointment, we must keep safe and respect social distancing.

Will you open your garden in July for a worthy cause?

As you may be aware there is a flower festival planned in St. Mary’s Parish Howth on the first weekend in July (3rd – 5th July 2020).
We are appealing to our members and friends to open their garden on one of these days, with all proceeds going to St Francis Hospice.  If you have a friend with a garden in Sutton or Howth please ask them to open for us.  It’s a great experience and a worthy cause, and we all need something to look forward to!  Email if you would like to take part.

Spring Ezine

The Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Spring Ezine has been published today and is packed with seasonal news, tips, recipes, articles and book reviews from our vibrant Horticultural Society members.

View Spring 2020 Ezine

The Editor welcomes all submissions, so please send on any horticultural news, tips, photographs or seasonal recipes that you would like to be included in future editions to

Spring Show Cancelled

Dear members,

We hope you are all staying safe in these strange times.

In light of the Government guidance issued on the 12th March 2020 to try to bring Coronavirus (COVID-19) under control, we have taken the disappointing but necessary decision to cancel our Spring Show on Saturday 18th April 2020

The decision was made by the committee this week – of course we hope to run the Autumn Show in September, and have that to look forward to.

Our next scheduled event is a day trip in May, and we will let you know nearer to the time if this is to go ahead.

Meanwhile, we are creating our next issue of our ezine, and if you have any articles, photos, thoughts please send them on.  What about your Spring Show entries? – take a photo and send them to us (with a name please)


Spring Show 2020


The HSHS Spring Show will take place on Saturday 18th April in St. Nessans School, Baldoyle and we look forward to receiving your entries in the coming weeks.

A special plea to the home bakers among us.  We are seeking home baked goods for the tea and cake station.  We sold out of cakes very quickly last year and we want to ensure we are well stocked this time round.

As always further plant donations will be greatly appreciated by the plant stall team.  The bigger the variety the better.  Please label plant donations clearly or seek advice if you are unsure.  A brief description and picture is always useful.

Books, cakes and plant donations can be brought along to St Nessan’s School Baldoyle after 4pm on Friday 17th April or as early as possible on the Saturday morning of the show.

Every entry makes a show so don’t be reluctant to have a go this year.