Rowallane and Castlewellan

Outing to Rowallane and Castlewellan, Co. Down
12th May 2018

by Mary Guyett


Beechgrove Garden Castlewellan, Co. Down Saturday 12th May 2018 Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett

It was lovely to visit the North again last Saturday .  Our trip was to the Rowallane National Trust Garden and Beechgrove Garden in Castlewellan.  You can see us all in the photograph above, taken at Mr. Sam Harrisons Garden, Beechgrove, Castlewellan, Co. Down.

Rowallane Garden Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett

We were blessed with a beautiful day and it brought back memories of an overnight stay in the Strangford Arms Hotel in 1993 when we visited Mount Stewart Gardens, Rowallane and a Butterfly House.  There were seven members on the outing last Saturday who were on the tour in 1993.  To jog your memory have a look at the photograph of our members on that trip back then.

1993 Members Outing to Mount Stewart and Rowallane
Photograph courtesy of Mary Guyett

Included is Meriel Latchford, former Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society president and Percy Lovegrove and his wife Doreen.  Percy organised the visit.  Sadly they are no longer with us, but are fondly remembered.

A big thank you to Margaret Freyne for organising the outing last Saturday which I am sure was enjoyed by everybody.

Mary Guyett

Beechgrove Garden Seat Photo courtesy of Mary Guyett


Rowallane Garden May 2018 Photograph courtesy of Mary Guyett


Shrub of the Month – May


This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Abutilon vitifolium “Suntense”

Sun-loving shrub,grow against a warm wall for winter protection.

Large blue flowers from May.
Height up to 3 metre




Rosa “Canary Bird”

Rosa xanthina ‘Canary Bird’ is one of the earliest roses to flower in the gardening year. Pale yellow, scented flowers are produced on arching stems in mid-late spring. There is often a second flush of flowers in late summer.


Thank You from the Show Committee

Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Spring Show 2018

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



Shrub of the Month – April

This selection of shrubs is chosen specifically for the poor, thin, acid soils common on the upper parts of the Howth Penninsula. The two we have selected below are at their best this month.

Camellia cvs.

As long as they are planted in acid soil, camellias are not difficult to grow, and will even thrive in tricky semi-shaded areas, needing only minimal care once established. Most grow into large shrubs or small trees, but are extremely versatile and can be used as wall shrubs, hedges or superb container specimens.

For centuries, camellias have been popular in Japan and China, as can be seen on many of their works of art. Gardeners in Britain first grew these new plants in the early 18th century and by 1850, the camellia had become a prized ornamental shrub. Victorians loved the formality of the blooms and the elegant nature of the evergreen foliage. But, after the Victorian era, interest in camellias waned. Only in the 1950s did they become fashionable again, helped by the introduction of new varieties and species.

Chaenomeles cvs.

Chaenomeles x superba flowers very heavily and tends to grow wider than it is tall, an advantage when wall trained. A tough and very hardy shrub, popular for late winter and early spring colour in almost any situation in the garden. Plants flower best in full sun, but will give satisfaction in partial shade. ‘Crimson and Gold’ is more compact than other varieties and an excellent for training against a wall. It has very deep red flowers with gold yellow anthers, followed by heavy crops of fragrant fruits.

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.