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 email@example.com or telephone Barbara O’Callaghan at 086 378 5242.
Our busy gardeners at St Frances Hospice are looking for some large plastic pots, very large, which would hold a few dozen Spring Bulbs, so if you have one unloved somewhere in a corner, please donate it to this wonderful cause. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to donate
We hope you all enjoyed the October lecture given by visiting plantsman Bob Brown last week. Our thanks to Bob for such an entertaining evening and a bumper plant sale.
A reminder about the amended fixture coming up on Wednesday 6th November, 8pm, Howth Yacht Club. We look foward to welcoming the very entertaining horticulturist Assumpta Broomfield – who will talk to us about Irish Snowdrops with a lecture titled “Myth, Magic and Frilly Knickers!”
We will have our usual raffle, refreshments and a Plant Swop, so bring along a plant, and take home something new!
A HSHS member has kindly offered bamboo canes, in packs of 10, all sizes up to 3 meters to anyone who has a use for them.
Email email@example.com and we’ll put you in contact
49 HSHS members and friends boarded a bus early one morning in July for a short ferry trip across the water and by at lunchtime we arrived for our first garden tour – John Massey’s beautiful garden at
Ashwood Nursery where owner John Massey gave us a tour of his immaculate garden! John power-hoses his trees to keep them sparkly white!
After a sound night’s sleep, we scrubbed up for the highlight of our trip – Highgrove Gardens – “Being led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert guides on a 2 hour tour through the gardens, followed by a Champagne Tea!”
Unfortunately no photography allowed in the gardens – which were simply stunning in their architecture and history. Our guides were entertaining and knowledgeable and we got a real sense of a family home with a working garden! And the spread was just delicious!
Back on the bus for a little snooze and when we woke up, we were in Hidcote Manor, a gorgeous garden arranged in rooms, and famous for its lavender.
We met some old friends, and it was lovely to catch up with Rob, who is enjoying life closer to his children in the UK, but missing his friends in Howth!
Back to our hotel for dinner and entertainment by our bus driver Sas, for those with the stamina – and off the next morning for Bob Browns nursery in Evesham. It was a shopping frenzy!
Not an extra alpine could fit on the bus going home! Tired but happy, we arrived back in Howth with new friends and great memories!
- “Brilliant Gardens, brilliant weather, brilliant company and great fun. Altogether brilliant” Kathryn
“It was a superb trip and wonderfully arranged and we all know that doesn’t happen by itself. So a MASSIVE THANKS to everyone involved in making it happen” Emer
- “Excellent company and Super Gardens along with perfect weather” From The Dillons.
“Thanks again for organising such a wonderful trip…………. lots of food for thought……… now the question is will I, won’t I rewild my garden? Apologies to all for cluttering up the rear of the coach with spikey plants!” Karl
- “Absolutely fabulous trip. Thanks for wonderful company also” Marie Wallace
“Such a wonderful trip. It was what memories are made of” Patricia
“Had a fabulous time and met so many wonderful people. Thanks again” Cathy
We hope you enjoyed browsing the 3 Open Gardens last Saturday afternoon.
An enormous Thank You to the owners – Conall and Nuala, Liam and Miriam, Erica.
And a big Thank You to all who donated to our Hospice buckets.
We raised an amazing €1930, all of which has gone to St Francis Hospice, Raheny.
If you would like to open your garden at a time that suits you, please let us know.
We are delighted to announce that three of our members will open their gardens to members and friends on Saturday 6th July 2019 between 1pm – and 5pm all in support of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.
Ardán, Windgate Road, Howth
Stonecrop, Strand Road, Sutton
Elmbridge, Dungriffen Road, Howth
Directions to the 3 gardens will be emailed directly to members on the week of the event.
The Rose Festival takes place in St Anne’s Park , Raheny, Dublin 5 on the third weekend of July, annually. The Festival is a mix of food, arts and crafts, music and family fun. The festival is open from 10.00 am to 6.00pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019. It also has a seated picnic area in front of the music stage. Click below for map of St. Anne’s Park.
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
7th June 2019
13.15 – 13.45
Join Frances Coghlan in the National Gallery of Ireland for a free lunchtime talk focusing on William Orpen’s Trees at Howth, currently on view in the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art
The talk is free, but a valid exhibition ticket is required for this date and time.
Meet in the exhibition space