Alpine Garden Society Alpine Garden Society - Dublin Group

Programme for 2017


Information about our venues is available further down this page, here.

(Previous fixtures for 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 are listed at the bottom of this page, here.)

The programme of our sister group, the Alpine Garden Society - Ulster Group, is available here.


The 2017 programme is as follows:

Saturday, 8th April, 1.30 to 4 pm. Cabinteely Community School, Dublin.

Dublin Group AGS Show.

Saturday, 22nd April, Greenmount College, Antrim.

Ulster Group AGS Show.

Thursday, 11th May, 8 pm, St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan.

Lecture: Gary Mentanko - ‘The Flora of sub-Arctic Canada’.

Saturday, 13th May, 2 to 4.30 pm. Garden visit.

Visit to the garden of Dr Willie Reardon, 29 Waltham Terrace, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

CANCELLED Saturday, 20th - 22nd May. Garden visits.

Coach trip to Cork gardens.

Thursday, 19th October, 8pm. NBG, Glasnevin.

Lecture: Julian Sutton - 'Making sense of the Iridaceae'. Joint with IGPS.

Thursday, 9th November, 8 pm. St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan.

Lecture: Neil Huntley - ‘Alpines with Altitude’.

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November. An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

34th Alpine Weekend. Speakers: Kenneth Cox, Tim Lever, Ian & Maggi Young.

Thursday 7th December, 8.00pm - St. Brigid's Parish Centre, Stillorgan.

Christmas Miscellany.


Venue Information

The Society uses two venues for lectures and local shows in Dublin:


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Southside events are held in St Brigid’s Parish Centre, Stillorgan. To get there, turn up Brewery Road from the N11 (Stillorgan Rd), then immediately right into St Brigid’s Church Rd (which runs parallel to the N11). The Centre is just beyond Merville Rd, on the left. If you are coming from the M50, turn down Brewery Road from the Leopardstown roundabout (2nd exit) and then take the second left. Parking outside the Centre is difficult, but there is a car park very close. Turn up Merville Rd and take the turning into the car park 50 metres up on the right.

Northside lectures are held in the National Botanic Gardens (NBG) in Glasnevin. There is car parking in the Gardens, usually free, but sometimes at a charge of 2.00 Euros.

Those from the Southside planning to attend events in the National Botanic Gardens might like to check the Three Arena website (previously The Point Depot) to see if there is a concert on before planning their route.


Previous Society Events in 2017

Thursday, 19th January, AGM followed by Miriam Cotter - ‘Seeing the woodlanders from the trees: rare and interesting woodland plants shaded by a choice canopy’

Saturday, 28th January, Annual Lunch, preceded by Frances MacDonald - ‘The making of the Bay Garden’.

Sunday, 5th February, Snowdrop Garden Visit to the garden of Mr Terry Levin, Kilquade, Co. Wicklow.

CANCELLED Thursday, 16th February, Malcolm McGregor - ‘North America - from Alaska to the Mexican border’.

Saturday, 4th March, Local Show, Members' Plant Sale, and Workshop.

Thursday, 16th March, Jimi Blake - ‘A Plantsman's pick: exciting, long blooming perennials, sourced from the best nurseries in Europe’.

Previous Society Events in 2016

Thursday 21st January, AGM, followed by Billy Alexander - 'Growing Hardy Exotics and My Travels'

Saturday 13 February, Annual Lunch, preceded by Oliver Schurmann - 'Designing with Diversity'.

Thursday 18th February, Assumpta Broomfield - 'Myths, Fantasy and Frilly Knickers'.

Saturday 5th March, Local Show, Members' Plant Sale, and Workshop.

Thursday 24th March, John Mitchell - 'The Stans - Plant exploring in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan'.

Saturday, 9th April, Ulster Group AGS Show.

Saturday, 23rd April, Dublin Group AGS Show.

Thursday 19th May, Dr. Keith Ferguson - 'Trilliums and other Woodland Plants of North America'.

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May, Expedition to The Burren and to the garden of Carl Wright.

Thursday 20th October, John Amand - 'Unusual bulbs and how they get to your Garden'.

Thursday 10th November, John Richards - 'Some Asiatic Primulas'.

Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November, 33rd Alpine Weekend. Speakers: Kevin Hughes, Peter Korn, and Martin Walsh.

Thursday 1st December, Christmas Miscellany.

Previous Society Events in 2015

Thursday, 15 January, Martin Walsh, ‘Chinese and Himalayan plants for the Irish garden’.

Thursday, 22 January, AGM, followed by Bernard van Giessen, workshop on plant photography.

Saturday, 7 February, Annual Lunch, followed by George Sevastopulo, ‘Blooming Postcard Garden - its conception to completion’.

Sunday, 15 February, Snowdrop Garden Visit to the gardens of Emer Gallagher, Clonsilla and Eileen Collins, Celbridge.

Thursday, 19 February, Rob Potterton, ‘A labour of love – Forty years at Potterton’s Nursery’.

Saturday, 14 March, Local Show, Members' Plant Sale, and Workshop.

Thursday, 19 March, Seamus O’Brien, ‘In the shadow of mighty Kangchenjunga – a botanical expedition to the Bhutan and Sikkim Himalaya’.

Saturday, 11 April, Dublin Group AGS Show.

Thursday, 16 April, Jim Almond, ‘Out and about – adventures of an alpine gardener’.

Saturday, 25 April. Ulster Group AGS Show

Saturday, 9 May, Visits to the gardens of Hilary and William McKelvey, Newry, and Harold McBride, Lisburn.

Thursday, 14 May, Diane Clement, ‘Alpines in the wild and cultivation’.

Thursday, 15 October, Susan Band, ‘Growing lilies and their relatives in Scotland’.

Thursday, 12 November, Frank Lavery, ‘Plants of the Algarve’.

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 November. 32nd Alpine Weekend, Speakers: Carole and Ian Bainbridge, Joan and Liam McCaughey, and Janis Ruksans.

Thursday, 10 December, Christmas Miscellany.

Previous Society Events in 2014

Thursday 16 January, Annual General Meeting followed by Paddy Tobin, ‘Snowdrops – the delight of an Irish garden’.

Saturday 8 February, Annual Lunch followed by June Blake, ‘All gardening is landscape painting’.

Thursday, 20 February, Show Workshop, Liam Byrne, Val Keegan, Billy Moore and George Sevastopulo.

Saturday, 8 March, Spring Local Show, Workshop and Members’ Plant Sale.

Thursday, 20 March, Diane Clement, ‘A year in the life of an alpine gardener’.

Saturday, 5 April, Ulster Group 75th Anniversary AGS Show.

Thursday, 10 April, Hester Forde, ‘Creative gardening with containers’.

Saturday, 26 April, Dublin Group AGS Show.

Thursday, 15 May, Cliff Booker, ‘Cream of alpines’.

Thursday 29 May to 2 June, BLOOM 2014 – AGS Postcard Garden.

Saturday, 7 June, Visit to The Dillon Garden.

Thursday, 16 October, John Dower ‘Why not make a miniature garden?’.

Thursday, 6 November, Brian Wood, ‘Downsizing my garden’.

Friday 14 to Sunday 16 November. 31st Alpine Weekend, Speakers: Colin Crosbie, Harold McBride and Henrik Zetterlund.

Thursday 11 December, Christmas Miscellany.

Previous Society Events in 2013

Thursday 17 January, Annual General Meeting followed by Koraley Northen, ‘A Little Medley of Flowers’.

Saturday 9 February, Annual Lunch, followed by Octavia Tulloch, ‘From Castlepollard to Baba Dag: 5 years with Glorious Bulbs’

Thursday 21 February, Vojtech Holubec, ‘Plants and Nature of the Far East – Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Kuriles’.

Saturday 9 March, Spring Local Show, Workshop and Members’ Plant Sale.

Thursday 28 March, Liam McCaughey, ‘Yunnan – in the Tibetan Marches’.

Saturday 6 April, Dublin Group AGS Show.

Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April. Trip to visit Janis Ruksans' nursery, Latvia.

Saturday 27 April, Ulster Group AGS Show.

Saturday 11 May, Visit to the garden of Frank Lavery, Dublin 4.

Thursday 9 May, George Sevastopulo, ‘Nei dintorni dei laghi’('Around the Italian Lakes').

Thursday 17 October, Brian Burrow, 'European Alpines in the Wild and their Cultivation’.

Thursday 7 November, David Rankin, ‘A Short History of Alpines from the Big Bang to Last Week’.

Friday 15 November to Sunday 17 November, 30th Alpine Weekend, Speakers: Ron McBeath, Ger van den Beuken & Brian Duncan.

Thursday 12 December, Christmas Miscellany.