Thank You Members and Friends

We hope you enjoyed browsing the 3 Open Gardens last Saturday afternoon.
An enormous Thank You to the owners – Conall and Nuala, Liam and Miriam, Erica.
And a big Thank You to all who donated to our Hospice buckets.
We raised an amazing €1930, all of which has gone to St Francis Hospice, Raheny.
If you would like to open your garden at a time that suits you, please let us know.

HSHS Members Open Gardens

We are delighted to announce that three of our members will open their gardens to members and friends on Saturday 6th July 2019 between 1pm – and 5pm all in support of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Ardán, Windgate Road, Howth
Stonecrop, Strand Road, Sutton
Elmbridge, Dungriffen Road, Howth

Directions to the 3 gardens will be emailed directly to members on the week of the event. 

The Tansey Open Gardens May 2018

St Anne’s Park Rose Festival

The Rose Festival takes place in St Anne’s Park , Raheny, Dublin 5 on the third weekend of July, annually. The Festival is a mix of food, arts and crafts, music and family fun. The festival is open from 10.00 am to 6.00pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019. It also has a seated picnic area in front of the music stage. Click below for map of St. Anne’s Park.

St. AnnesPark MapDownload

St Annes Park Rose Festival

Pop up Talk: William Orpen, ‘Trees at Howth’

William Orpen (1878-1931), Trees at Howth.
Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
7th June 2019
13.15 – 13.45

Join Frances Coghlan in the National Gallery of Ireland for a free lunchtime talk focusing on William Orpen’s 
Trees at Howth, currently on view in the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art
The talk is free, but a valid exhibition ticket is required for this date and time.
Meet in the exhibition space



Flavours of Fingal County Show

The Flavours of Fingal County Show is a two-day event combining the sights and sounds of an agricultural show with an unforgettable food and family fun experience all taking place within the historic walled garden of Newbridge House and Farm, Newbridge Demense, Donabate, County Dublin. 

This year the show is on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2019, and they have added a horticultural section which everyone is invited to enter.  A great day out and well worth a visit.  For further information see

Frogs in Howth and Sutton

Sutton resident Laura O’Neill is currently pursuing a Masters in Biodiversity and Conservation in Trinity College Dublin and is carrying out a research project investigating the habitats and genetic diversity of frogs in Howth and Sutton. This is a continuation of a project carried out by Meghan Doyle in 2015 which involved some interesting results for frogs in our local area.

Laura wants to find out if any HSHS members currently have frogs, frequently had frogs in the past, or have had recent sightings of frogs in their gardens. This includes frogs of any size, tadpoles and frog spawn. In addition, if frogs are present, is there a pond, waterbody or wetland present in the garden?

If you or anyone you know in the locality are interested in their garden being included in the study, Laura can be contacted by email at to discuss this further.
Any information will be beneficial to her project and would be greatly appreciated.

A Note from St. Francis Hospice Raheny

On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the members of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society for their very generous  donation to our hospice garden. It is much appreciated and will be used wisely. We are putting our thinking hats on about planting something lovely for us all to enjoy for many  seasons ahead.

Your thoughtfulness keeps us all going and the beauty of our garden feeds all our souls.

(Donation from our Spring Show profits)

ISNA Plant Fair – St Annes Park, Raheny

Irish Specialist Nursery Association
Spring Plant Fair
The Red Stables, St Annes Park,
Raheny, Dublin 5
Saturday 23rd March 2019
10am – 4pm

The Irish Specialist Nursery Association will host a spring plant fair at St Annes Park. The ISNA is a new grouping of some of the countries best small and independent nurseries and plant growers, whose aim is to promote the home grown plants produced by its members. For further information visit

75th AGM- 6th February 2019

The Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 6th February at 8pm in Howth Yacht Club and will be followed by an illustrated talk by Darren Ellis of Birdwatch Ireland entitled “Ireland’s Garden Birds”.

This will be Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society’s 75th Annual General Meeting, so we would like to invite all our members to come and celebrate our 75th birthday with a glass of bubbly and a slice of birthday cake!

Thank you for your continued support of the society. 

Members only event