Garden Show

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI), The Alfred Beit Foundation and Quinns of Baltinglass teamed up to host a Garden Show on Saturday, 29th July 2017 in the historic parkland setting of Russborough, in the heart of beautiful West Wicklow.  


The highlights included:


  • The Marketplace with an extensive range of stalls with specialist plants, flowers, tools, books and other essentials for gardening.
  • A hand picked group of suppliers and experts joined Quinns in the Retail Courtyard with garden furniture, barbecues, tools, clothing and accessories along with demos, spot prizes and gardening advice. The 2017 range of Husqvarna products were on display.
  • Visitors enjoyed talks from a knowledgeable and entertaining line-up of speakers:

 Martin Walsh, Plant Hunter and Garden Designer – ‘Himalayan and Chinese Plants for the Irish Garden’

Paul Martin, Gold Medal Winner at Chelsea 2016 – ‘Creating Beautiful Gardens’

Dara Craul of Back Avenue Books & June Blake’s Garden – ‘Garden Books – A Short History’

Paul Martin, Gold Medal Winner at Chelsea 2016 – ‘Creating Beautiful Gardens’

  • Flower arranging demonstrations used flowers from the borders in the Walled Garden:

Maria Watchorn: ‘A vertical Arrangement for the Hall Table’

Karen Robinson: ‘A simple hand-tied Wedding Bouquet using Garden Flowers’

Karen Robinson: ‘Flowers from the Garden – An Arrangement’

  • Family activities for budding gardeners were a popular feature in the walled garden.

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The organisers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the following sponsors:


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Upcoming Events

We organise garden visits and garden-orientated tours in Ireland and overseas. We have a winter lecture programme, practical gardening workshops in Spring and Summer, a list of Partner Gardens, the RHSI Journal published three times a year, the RHSI  restoration of the walled garden at Russborough as our charity focus and an exciting Bicentenary Seminar planned for the RDS in September 2016. RHSI members have priority booking privileges but many events are also open to other interested gardeners.

RHSI Lecture by Hestor Forde

Wednesday 06 December, 2017

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Bellefield House

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Coolaught Walled Garden

Festina Lente

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

June Blake’s Garden, Blessington

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Killruddery House and Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Newtownbarry House and Garden

Oakfield Park Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Strokestown Park Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

The Bay Garden

The Dower House

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Victorian Working Garden at Fota House

Woodville Walled Garden