Baldoyle Wood Turners

For those of you who visit our two annual shows, you will have admired the work of Cecil and his group of wood turners who regularly exhibit.  They have a sale every year in Baldoyle Library, all proceeds go to the Altzheimers Society, and it is on this week – every day.

If you are short of a Christmas present, drop into Baldoyle Library any day until the weekend of the 21st December 2019

Happy Christmas, and look forward to another year of gardening in 2020.

Thanks to Assumpta Broomfield

Despite the heavy rain last night HSHS members and friends turned out in force for an illustrated talk given by renowned snowdrop expert Assumpta Broomfield.  Assumpta opened up the archives and took us on a journey back in time, sharing historical documents and records, oral history and local stories which she has carefully collected and curated over the years.  We were introduced to many galanthophiles; men and women who all made significant contributions to horticulture and botanical art in Ireland throughout the centuries, leaving us all looking forward to the snowdrop season ahead.  Thank you Assumpta.

Alpine Garden Society Midwinter Lecture

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 or telephone Barbara O’Callaghan at 086 378 5242.

Download AGS Programme 16th November 2019 – AnGriananFlyer

Amended November Fixture

Dear members,

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! 

Bamboo Canes

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 and we’ll put you in contact

News from Plant Stall Team

STOP PRESS from the plant stall team!

More great plants to whet your appetite in addition to the already impressive collection! How about a lovely pale blue Iris ‘Jane Phillips’; a stately Dierama ,or a glowing golden Carex.  Make a statement with a bold Leucanthemella, brighten a shaded bed with Pulmonaria ‘June Blake’, bring spring glory to  damper spots with a sea of  candelabra primulas.  Impress your neighbours with a banana, an exotic palm or a black stemmed bamboo  – and many more gems. Something of interest for everyone and all at bargain prices!  Spread the news!  Come along and bring your friends.

Further donations for the plant stall will be appreciated.  The bigger the variety of available plants, the better.  These can be brought to St Nessan’s School after 4pm. on Friday August 23rd or as early as possible on the morning of the show.  Please label clearly or seek advice if you are unsure.  A brief description and picture is always useful.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday with lots  of friends.
Janet and David Jeffrey.  

View Plant Stall List for Autumn Show 2019

HSHS Plant Stall at Annual Show

Highlights of Hidcote and Highgrove – Cotswold Trip July 2019

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!

John Massey Ashwood Nursery. HSHS Trip July 2019

John Massy’s Garden HSHS Trip July 2019

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!”

Champagne Tea at Highgrove Gardens. HSHS Trip July 2019

Cheers! Refreshements after tour of Highgrove Gardens. HSHS Trip July 2019

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!

Janet and Rob catching up. HSHS Cotswold Trip July 2019

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!

HSHS Cotswold Trip July 2019

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