Author Archives: HSHS Admin

About HSHS Admin

Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society was founded in 1943 and is one of the longest established horticultural societies on Dublin’s northside. The principal aims and objectives of the society are: the encouragement of Horticulture in all its branches, the holding of shows and lectures and the promotion of home industries. The Society follows these objectives through an annual programme of events comprising two major shows, lectures and outings.

Thank yous and Upcoming Events

Thanks to all who attended, exhibited and volunteered this year at the annual Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society Autumn Show.  The show was a great success and we look forward to seeing some new exhibitors at the Spring Show in 2024.

Our next event is happening on Tuesday 26th September at 7pm in The White Sands Hotel Portmarnock.  We are delighted to welcome renowned US plantsman Daniel J. Hinkley who is stopping off to talk to us on his way to the Kells Bay Symposium in Co. Kerry. There are a few tickets left please email for booking inquiries.
Visitors €15, HSHS members free

Autumn Show Schedule

Dear members and friends,

The Howth & Sutton Horticultural Society Autumn Show and Plant Sale will take place on Saturday 2nd September, 2:30pm – 4:30pm at St. Nessan’s Community School, Moyclare Road, off Warrenhouse, Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, D13 F6N3.  New exhibitors always welcome.  View and download our Autumn Show Schedule 2023

We are busy preparing a Plant Catalogue for the sale, so if you have any plants to donate, please email and let us know.

We need lots of help on Friday and Saturday, so if you can volunteer, we’d be so grateful.  And we need cakes, please bake something you love and drop it in on Friday evening or Saturday of the show!  It’s also a great opportunity to have a sort out and donate books to the Book Sale.  We are happy to collect, just reply here.  Your help and support is really appreciated.

Summer flower shows

The showing and growing season is upon us and our friends and neighbours in Malahide and Balbriggan are both holding flower shows in July.  Do try and support them by paying a visit and entering a class or two.

Balbriggan and District Horticultural Society Rose and Sweet Pea Flower Show is on in Ardgillan Castle on Sunday the 9th of July. Exhibits may be entered and staged between 9am and 12:30 pm. Open to the public from 2pm to 5pm. Admission Free, plant sale and raffle. For more information telephone 087 7520506  View Balbriggan and District Rose and Sweet Pea Show 9th July 2023 here

Malahide Horticultural Society Summer Show will take place on Saturday the 22nd of July in St. Andrews Parish Center, Church Road, Malahide.  Exhibitors staging will be between 9am and 11am, doors close at 11am for judging.  The show will open to the public at 2pm and stay open till 5:30pm Admission €3 View Malahide Horticultural Society Summer Show Schedule here

Lough Boora Trip Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers booking this outing, the Lough Boora day trip will not go ahead on the 10th June as planned.
The other two trips on the 25th June to Co. Meath and the 26th  August to Wicklow are filling up and will most certainly go ahead.  Apologies to those who had booked Lough Boora and Bellefield House and are disappointed.

Open Gardens – thank you

Thank you for your generosity this month.  Our open gardens raised €886 which will all be given to St Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Many thanks to Gary and the Naughton family of Drumleck and to Karl and Marcella of Medina for opening to the HSHS.

A reminder that Ardán garden in Howth is open to visitors on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am – 4pm all through June until the end of August.  See further details here

Thank You Eoghan Daltun

We had a full house in Howth Yacht Club on Wednesday evening for Eoghan Daltun’s talk on the 14 year rewilding project he undertook on his HNV (high nature value) farm on the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork.

A lively Q&A followed on invasives with Eoghan challenging FCC and the local community to consider, among other things, getting rid of the goats on Howth Head and allowing the woodland and other non-flammable natural habitats to return. Thank you Eoghan for a most insightful talk, leaving all who gathered with much to ponder.  Eoghan’s book An Irish Atlantic Rainforest is recommended reading by many of our members and available in all good bookshops.