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Christmas Party & Cookery Demo

Wednesday 6th December 2017
8pm Howth Yacht Club

HSHS Christmas Party and Cookery Demonstration by Mary Drum. 

Winner of RTE’s Amateur Cook of the Year award in 2008 Mary Drum will demonstrate some easy canapés to prepare for Christmas.  Mulled wine, tea and coffee will be served on the night.  Please bring a small homebaked cake or homemade savouries to share.  There will be no plant exchange at this event.  Download Mary Drum Christmas Canapés 6th Dec 2017

Fionnuala Fallon – “The Education of a Gardener”

Wednesday 1st November 2017

8pm Howth Yacht Club
Lecture by Fionnuala Fallon
“The Education of a Gardener”

Fionnuala is well known to us all, both from the Irish Times, and as an inspiring speaker and is a practical, knowledgeable gardener who will present her tips and ideas for all spaces!  Admission for non members is €5

News & Notices


As we begin to think about preparing for Christmas, below are a couple of recommendations you might like to consider.  They would make lovely gifts for family or friends, whatever the occasion.

The Hare
Conall O’Caoimh
Image courtesy of Conall O’Caoimh

Howth Ceramics
Conall O’Caoimh has been creating ceramic art and functional stoneware from his home studio in Howth for over 20 years.

Conall has a wide range of ceramics for sale; suitable for both home and garden.  He also welcomes private commissions.  His studio can be visited by appointment only.  For more information on Conall and his work see

Conall is an active member and contributor to the society and owner of Ardán, a garden our members had the privilege of visiting last May, as part of the HSHS Open Garden Day in support of St. Francis Hospice Raheny.



Dublin Bay: Nature and History

By Richard Nairn, David Jeffrey and Rob Goodbody
A new title published this month and co- written by our much valued longstanding HSHS member, David Jeffrey.

Dublin Bay tells us about the history and ecology of the Bay, and it’s importance to our city and country.

It truly is a beautiful publication, filled with insightful information and colour photographs and is on sale now in Hodges Figgis or online from the publisher Collins Press


The Open Gardens of Ireland
by Shirley Lanigan
Another book we highly recommend is The Open Gardens of Ireland,
widely available from all good book shops.

It is a comprehensive guide to the 427 gardens throughout this isle that welcome visitors.  It is a ‘must have’ for all garden lovers and a great thing to have in the car or stuffed into your bag while travelling through town and country.

The book features two local gardens, Medina and Ardán, which HSHS members have been lucky enough to visit many times and whose hard-working owners are wonderful contributors and members of our society.

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

Spring Bulb Planting – Scoil Mhuire, Howth.

Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society donated 1000 Narcissi bulbs to Scoil Mhuire Primary School, Howth and every pupil got to plant 2 bulbs.

Thank you to the pupils, parents and teachers who helped with the planting on what was a very enjoyable day. We look forward to seeing them in bloom next Spring.

Spring Bulb Planting – Scoil Mhuire, Howth. October 2017. Photo credit: A. Campbell

Spring Bulb Planting – Scoil Mhuire, Howth. October 2017. Photo credit: A. Campbell

Spring Bulb Planting – Scoil Mhuire, Howth. October 2017. Photo credit: A. Campbell

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!!!