Category Archives: Annual HSHS Spring Show

A schedule of wonderful events for 2021

We have decided to take this year quarter by quarter so all our events for the first quarter will all be online and we hope will keep you entertained during this lock-down. It may be too cold to get out in our gardens but we can still plan and enjoy what is to come.

Spring Show
We will be holding a virtual Spring Show this year, and we will send you all a Show Schedule soon.  You can take a picture of your entry, and we will have them judged.

Plant Sale
We cannot plan for a plant sale during lockdown, and many of us are over-wintering plants from a cancelled Autumn Sale.  It will happen as soon as it is safe to do so, so please do continue to keep plants for us – the Hospice will badly need our donation when it does happen.  If you are planting seeds, maybe plan a few extra for the plant sale!

Lectures and Talks
We have partnered up with our friends in Malahide and Clontarf Horticultural Societies, and that gives us extra events to all enjoy. Here’s a list of what is coming up on Zoom – all at 8pm

Thursday 28 January – from Clontarf Horticultural Society
“Wollerton Old Hall Garden: A Year in the Garden”
Phil Smith, Head Gardener till December 2020 will talk about this modern garden, set in rooms, with echoes of Arts and Crafts.

Wednesday February 3 – from Howth Sutton Horticultural Society
Beautiful Obsession’: A plantsman journey in his own garden 
Well-known gardener Jimi Blake will talk about the planting scheme in Huntingbrook Gardens

Wednesday February 17 Howth Sutton Horticultural Society
AGM  (members only)

Wednesday March 3 – from Howth sutton Horticultural Society
“All you need for Spring”
Member and experienced professional John Deegan of Gardenstyle will give us a practical talk on propagation, layering, cutting and pricking out

Wednesday April 7 – from Howth sutton Horticultural Society
“An Artist’s Perspective”
Member and enthusiast Conall O Caoimh will talk on understanding and organising a garden space to create harmony

Irish Shows Association Virtual Show 2020

Due to most Summer Shows and events being cancelled as a result of Covid-19, The Irish Shows association has decided to run a Virtual Show, which will take place on August 22nd. Entry is free and all entries should be submitted through the website Entries close on August 4th.

Prize-winners will receive a specially commissioned 2020 souvenir rosette.

Download ISA Virtual Show 2020 Schedule here

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.





Baldoyle Wood Turners

For those of you who visit our two annual shows, you will have admired the work of Cecil and his group of wood turners who regularly exhibit.  They have a sale every year in Baldoyle Library, all proceeds go to the Altzheimers Society, and it is on this week – every day.

If you are short of a Christmas present, drop into Baldoyle Library any day until the weekend of the 21st December 2019

Happy Christmas, and look forward to another year of gardening in 2020.

A Note from St. Francis Hospice Raheny

On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the members of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society for their very generous  donation to our hospice garden. It is much appreciated and will be used wisely. We are putting our thinking hats on about planting something lovely for us all to enjoy for many  seasons ahead.

Your thoughtfulness keeps us all going and the beauty of our garden feeds all our souls.

(Donation from our Spring Show profits)

A Note of Thanks from the Show Committee

What an amazing show on Saturday!!

And we couldn’t have done it without all the help we received – Thank you to the exhibitors, judges, stewards, caterers, helpers, organisers, plant-growers & sellers, and especially to the cleaners at the end – it was a great team!

Thanks to all our members who supported and attended the show last Saturday, bought plants & books, ate cake, enjoyed the exhibits and demonstration!

An incredibly successful show in one of the worst Springs ever!

The plant stall was crazy busy which means that lots of good plants have gone out into members’ and visitors’ gardens. It also means that  all our growers’ cupboards are nearly bare of material for sale at the Autumn Show.  We appeal to members to propagate plants for the autumn.

Now is also the time to think about what you might exhibit in the autumn!

A few lost & found items:

  • A navy cardigan

  • 4 silver plastic vases

  • 4 loaves of bread

  • A round tin of pins


George Sevastopulo
Show Secretary

2018 Spring Show Photo Gallery



Spring Show 2018

Saturday 14th April 2018
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Spring Show & Plant Sale
St Nessans Community School, Baldoyle, Dublin 13

Members and non members are most welcome to attend and/or exhibit at the annual HSHS Spring Show.  There will be a plant sale, book stall, raffle and refreshments for all to enjoy on the day.
Admission to Show: €2.  Entry for HSHS Members, visiting exhibitors and children is free.  Wheelchair access to all parts of the show.  Download your copy of the schedule here Spring Show Schedule 2018
Every entry makes a show so don’t be reluctant to have a go this year. One entry or more from every member or visitor will guarantee a super show and there are classes to suit all.

Flower bed rejuvenated – Scoil Neasan Baldoyle

Flower bed in Scoil Neasan, Baldoyle, created in 1993 to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society. Photo credit: A. Campbell

With the help of “David Nolan Gardening”, we planted a host of Spring bulbs and revamped a flower bed which was created in Scoil Neasan, in 1993 to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society. We have a great relationship with Pobailscoil Neasan, where we hold our Annual Spring & Autumn Shows each year.

*David Nolan is a member of HSHS and he runs a garden maintenance business.  David Nolan Gardening Maintenance can be contacted on 086 0519207