The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI), founded in 1816, is a charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill and practice of horticulture, arboriculture and floral art while encouraging respect for the environment and creating a sense of community amongst our members.
The RHSI is run by its members on a voluntary basis with membership spread throughout the island of Ireland.
The RHSI is, with the help of a team of volunteers, restoring the 3.5 acre walled garden at Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow.
The administrative headquarters of the RHSI are at Laurelmere Cottage, Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, where another team of volunteers are creating a woodland garden.
Over 90 horticultural, gardening and floral art societies and clubs are affiliated to the RHSI. List by county.
The members of the Board of Directors are:
Robert Myerscough (President), Maurice Parkinson (Chairman), Mary Hackett, Hestor Forde, Peter Harrison, Philip Hollwey, Angela Jupe, Margaret Masterson and Daphne Shakleton.
The Board and Committees of the RHSI are dedicated to developing the society’s role in supporting Irish horticulture.
The vision of the RHSI is to foster and develop an appreciation and love of gardening in all its forms and thereby enrich the beauty and sustainability of our environment and national heritage.
Members enjoy lectures, garden visits and tours and are kept up to date via the website, social media and regular email newsletters. The RHSI Partner Garden scheme offers free/reduced cost entry for RHSI members to beautiful gardens all over Ireland.
The RHSI Journal is posted to members 3 times a year. The summer issue comes out in May. We have an autumn issue in September and the December issue closes out the season. We always welcome members’ contributions. Alternatively, if you have a horticultural story you think we should follow, please contact the Journal team through the RHSI office. Queries about copy dates and guidance on the structure of proposed articles can also be answered by the RHSI office. The Journal is written, proof read and prepared for mailing entirely by RHSI volunteers.
The RHSI Journal is free to members. But if you know of someone living overseas who would like to be kept up to date on Irish horticultural matters or someone who is too frail to be able to attend the lectures and garden visits they once enjoyed, the Journal delivered to their door might fill a gap. Cost €20 x 3 issues. The staff in the RHSI office will arrange delivery.
The RHSI began with a meeting held on 30 September 1816 at the Rose Tavern, Donnybrook, Dublin. A group of estate gardeners met to drink beer and to worry about “the art of gardening falling away and rapidly declining”. Resolving to exchange expertise and new ideas, these men (they were all men) set up the Horticultural Society of Ireland for gardeners who had served their time and were ‘of good moral conduct’. The RHSI was distinguished throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries for its social cachet and it focused on Shows and Exhibitions. The modern RHSI, a mixture of amateur and professional gardeners, continues to be committed to education.
The RHSI proudly celebrated its bicentenary in 2016 with a series of special events. Some of the attractive gifts designed for the bicentenary are still available. Catalogue.