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HSHS Spring Show and Plant Sale

Spring Show 2018

Entries are now open for the 2023 Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Spring Show.  Every entry makes a show and there are classes to suit all.  You do not need to be a member to exhibit, the show is open to all.  Have a look around your garden as there are classes for tulips and daffodils.  If you are a first time exhibitor, there is plenty of help available from our stewards, have a look through the show schedule, and bring your exhibits along on Friday evening from 6pm or Saturday morning before 11am, and you will receive plenty of help to set them up.
Donations for the plant sale and the home baking stall may be dropped to the school from Friday 21st April or the morning of the show.
Download the Spring-Show-Schedule-2023 here 


An Invitation from Clontarf Horticultural Society thanks to our friends in Clontarf Horticultural Society who have kindly extended an invitation to all members of Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society to sit in on a talk by Colm O’Driscoll, Head Gardener Airfield Estate entitledAirfield Estate: Work in Progress”
Thursday 25th February at 8pm on Zoom
Link will be sent by email to HSHS members

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

Thanks to Margaret Quinn

Thank you to Margaret Quinn for her seasonal Zoom demonstration last night.  It should get us all into the festive spirit, and give us some great ideas for bringing more greenery indoors, now that it’s colder outside.
The Christmas hat creations were wonderful, and we have a prize for all below:  Mary Moore, Sile Chuinneagain, Rose Sevastopulo, Janet Jeffrey and Ann Campbell.
Our 3 raffle winners are:
Mary Guyett, Stella Barrett and Eileen O Brien
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas.  We look forward to many more enjoyable events in the New Year.

October Lecture on Zoom

Dear members,
We will hold our October lecture, according to schedule, at 8pm on Wednesday October 7th.
You can attend this  talk from the comfort of your own home.  The Zoom meeting invite link has now been sent by email to all.  You can use any device with internet access to attend a Zoom meeting.  You will need to download the free Zoom app in advance.  Then just click on the Join Zoom link in your email.

October’s talk is by Professor Jane Stout, Fellow of Trinity College and is titled:  ‘Bugs and Bees – the whys and hows of encouraging biodiversity in the garden’.  You can submit questions in advance to this email, or during the talk in the meeting chat, and we hope to hold a live Q&A at the end of the talk.  We will hold a draw among attendees for some lovely plant prizes.

Please do join us on Wednesday evening, if you have a query about joining a Zoom meeting, we are here to help, just contact us before Wednesday, and we will try to help you out.

Thanks to Assumpta Broomfield

Despite the heavy rain last night HSHS members and friends turned out in force for an illustrated talk given by renowned snowdrop expert Assumpta Broomfield.  Assumpta opened up the archives and took us on a journey back in time, sharing historical documents and records, oral history and local stories which she has carefully collected and curated over the years.  We were introduced to many galanthophiles; men and women who all made significant contributions to horticulture and botanical art in Ireland throughout the centuries, leaving us all looking forward to the snowdrop season ahead.  Thank you Assumpta.

Alpine Garden Society Midwinter Lecture

Alpine Garden Society Midwinter Lecture
10am Saturday 16th November 2019
An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth A92 X9TF

Join fellow gardeners for a series of engaging and informative lectures, lunch and, of course, a plant sale. All for €75!
To book a place email or telephone Barbara O’Callaghan at 086 378 5242.

Download AGS Programme 16th November 2019 – AnGriananFlyer