Do you enjoy meeting people and learning new gardening skills, or just want to get out of the house and try something new? There are many ways you can get involved in volunteering with the RHSI.

Restoring the walled garden in Russborough

The RHSI garden is being restored by volunteers. Help is needed with all sorts of tasks. There is work to be done for all levels of fitness and knowledge:

  • Gardening – everything from heavy digging to transplanting seedlings
  • Recording and labeling
  • Showing visitors around

You do not require any qualifications, but if you have horticultural experience and would like to pass on your knowledge or practical advice to others, there will be lots of fellow members anxious to learn from you. If you are just starting to garden then this is a place to learn. If you have a particular interest in some aspect of the garden e.g. fruit, vegetables, greenhouse plants, dahlias, shrubs, pruning, etc. we will do our best to suit you.

Work Days

We will be in the walled garden from 10.30 am on Wednesday 21 February, Saturday 24 February, Wednesday 7 March, Saturday 10 March then every Wednesday and Saturday. Just bring your own small tools if you have them, gloves, suitable footwear and a packed lunch.

For more information contact our Russborough Volunteer Coordinator, Gillian Davidson on 087 6689381 or at volunteering@rhsi.ie.

Restoring the woodland garden at Laurelmere Cottage

Laurelmere Cottage lies hidden half way from the main car park in Marlay Park Rathfarnham, and the car park next the ‘Big Playground’ the opposite side of the park.  From the Main car park, follow the path, bearing around right past the main house, continue inland 500 steps to a little bridge on your right and there lies Laurelmere Cottage.The RHSI offices are based in this beautifully restored cottage which comes with a half acre garden.

Following many years of neglect we are still on year 1 of developing the garden and woodland. Different opportunities are available from the Russborough Walled Garden and we plan to focus on bulbs, annuals, shrubs and small trees as well as shade and woodland planting. Volunteers are most welcome Monday mornings 10.30 to 1pm. Large tools are provided, bring your own small tools, gloves and heavy shoes.

There is an updated and freshly cataloged  Horticultural library available to members for borrowing and the public for reading also open on Mondays. On the ‘First Monday’ of each month, lunchtime talks are given on a range of garden subjects with a light lunch following. Contact Cherry Sleeman 087 6793169 or cherrysleeman@gmail.com.

Other ways to volunteer

As well as practical gardening at Russborough or Laurelmere Cottage, RHSI member volunteers serve on committees, develop the social media presence, produce the journal, give talks and tours and look after the library and archive.

For more information on all volunteering roles please complete the form below or email volunteering@rhsi.ie


Upcoming Events

The 2018 programme features a seminar on GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE  on 3 March with experts John Anderson (Windsor Great Park), Niall Hatch (Birdwatch Ireland) and Peter Whyte (Landscape designer and writer).  Then there will be two practical workshops at Russborough on PRUNING and on GARDEN DESIGN. In July the second GARDEN SHOW will be held at Russborough.

RHSI members have priority booking privileges but many events are also open to other interested gardeners.

RHSI Annual Public Seminar

Saturday 03 March, 2018

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Saturday 24 March, 2018

Garden Design Workshop

Saturday 14 April, 2018

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