Birr Castle & Tour of Kerry and Limerick Gardens

Autumn Show Saturday 1st September 2018

Dear members,

Please find attached Plant list for the Autumn Show 2018  and see just some of the amazing plants which will be available at the Autumn Show on Saturday 1st September 2018.
Do pass it on to anyone who may be interested in the fantastic bargains to be had!

Please do come along and exhibit.  Members and non members are most welcome to enter the Autumn Show.  We are accepting entries right up until Friday evening 31st August or Saturday morning 1st September until 11am.  If you would like any extra schedules for family, friends or neighbours let us know and we can arrange to get one to them.  The schedule is also available to download and print here AS2018.

All donations are most welcome so why not bake a cake or buns for the cake stall, donate books to the book stand or dig and divide something from your garden for the plant sale.  It’s a great opportunity to have a clear out!

As always we’ll be looking for helpers and volunteers, but most of all your exhibits!

If you can help out for an hour, please email, as we need helpers on Friday from 4pm – 8pm and all day Saturday.

But most of all, come along, bring your friends, and enjoy the show!
2.30pm -4.30pm on Saturday 1st September 2018

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Best regards,
Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society Show Committee

Flavours of Fingal Show

The Flavours of Fingal County Show runs every year in Newbridge House, Donabate.  It’s an agricultural, food  and family event.  This year it’s on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June, and they have added a horticultural section which everyone is invited to enter.
Download Flavours of Fingal Show Schedule 2018
Well worth a visit.  For further information see

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 Maura de Burca

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


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