Events may be booked by members only. Many events fill up very quickly and are restricted in numbers. Please contact the Honorary Secretary if you have a query.
Ireland's Walled Garden Study Day
Russborough, Friday 2nd September 2016
The walled kitchen gardens of Ireland evolved over four centuries to facilitate the requirements of the country house demesne. Being labour intensive to maintain however, the fate of the walled garden has been bleak. By the middle of the 20th century most became neglected, abandoned and overgrown and many eradicated. Concern for their future is the impetus for the Irish Georgian Society, Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland and Wicklow County Council joining forces to deliver the Walled Garden Study Day on Friday 2nd September at Russborough, County Wicklow. The study day will explore and celebrate the history and significance, and the care and conservation of Irish historic country houses' walled kitchen gardens.
Annual Lecture 2016
Managing Threats to Ornamental Trees
Tony Kirkham, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin – Thursday 6 October at 2 pm
Tony Kirkham has been Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services at RBG, Kew since 2001: he is responsible for the care of c.14,000 trees, some over 300 years old. Since the devastation of Kew's tree collection in the Great Storm of October 1987, he has spearheaded its restocking, often using specimens obtained on his expeditions to Chile and the Far East. During 1989 – 1997 he collected in the species-rich temperate forests of China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Russian Far East (Sakhalin). He has written a vivid account of these travels with the late Mark Flanagan VMH, Plants from the Edge of the World – New Explorations in the Far East (2005). In the footsteps of distinguished botanical forebears, Tony has visited Sichuan five times. His book, co-authored with Mark Flanagan, Wilson's China – A Century On (2009) provides a lavishly illustrated narrative of the travels in western China of Ernest H Wilson (who first introduced to cultivation many plants discovered by Augustine Henry), juxtaposing their own photographs with Wilson's a century earlier. Tony has also considerably revised and expanded (2009) G E Brown's (1974) classic The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers, considered the 'Bible' of woody-plant pruning. Among many interests, he is a trustee of the Tree Register of Britain and Ireland with which the Irish Tree Society is closely associated.
Mature ornamental trees face many challenges: climate change, weather (drought, floods, storms), diseases, human activities (e.g. soil compaction causing root death) – all leading to growth decline, even mortality. In this lecture, Tony Kirkham will illustrate how both local environment and management are fundamental to the health and longevity of trees: knowledge of their natural habitats may guide cultural practices to mimic them as best as possible.
Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust
Fri 7th, Sat 8th & Sunday 9th Oct 2016
Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust and the Office of Public Works are pleased to announce the dates for the next conference.
The well established 3-day format will be adopted with a topic of "Commemoration Gardens and Gardening".