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.

Thank You to Linda Murphy

Well done and thank you to Linda Murphy for her most detailed presentation on the fundamentals of garden design.  Over 50 members attended Linda’s Zoom talk and Q&A session last night.

The winners of the raffle are Mary Harkin and Eoin Reilly who will both receive a copy of Dan Rouse’s book How To Attract Birds to Your Garden.  The winners of the plant raffle are Ronan Markey, Niall and Ann Coulter and Sile Chuinneagain.  Prizes are winging their way to you now.

November Lecture on Zoom

‘Where to start
an approach to designing a garden”.
Linda Murphy will be speaking on how to go about designing a garden on Wednesday 11th November at 8pm.  Linda has a particular interest in landscape architecture and has been working in the Teagasc College of Horticulture as a lecturer for 20 years.
Interactive Q&A and virtual raffle after the talk.  Everyone welcome.
Zoom link will be sent by email in advance to members.

Ezine – Halloween Edition

Ann O’Meara and her Conference Pears

Dear members and friends,

As I write, the country goes into further restrictions, and we are looking at an Autumn and Winter, where we will have to rely on online resources and keep ourselves amused at home, and in our gardens.

During the last lockdown, many of our members undertook projects in their garden, both large and small, and they have been kind enough to send some details in to us for our enjoyment in the October Ezine.  Thanks to Robert Cullen who organised this.  It’s not too late to send your contributions in – we will spread them over a few editions.

We have also compiled a list of online resources to pass those dark evenings, and if you know of any more, please do let us know and we will list them here.
We would love to hear from you and to see what is happening in your gardens

Stay safe and enjoy the ezine,
Ann Campbell
HSHS committee


Thank You to Jane Stout

Thanks to Prof. Jane Stout of Trinity College who delivered a most educational and interactive Zoom talk last night.  Despite our initial technical challenges along with power cuts in parts of Howth we soon got going and 45 people attended the inaugural talkIt was a great success and we hope to have more like it for the season we are currently in.

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.

Irish Shows Association Virtual Show 2020

Due to most Summer Shows and events being cancelled as a result of Covid-19, The Irish Shows association has decided to run a Virtual Show, which will take place on August 22nd. Entry is free and all entries should be submitted through the website Entries close on August 4th.

Prize-winners will receive a specially commissioned 2020 souvenir rosette.

Download ISA Virtual Show 2020 Schedule here