About us

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia, to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare, unusual and special plants at reasonable prices, and to ensure that nurseries and breeders of these plants in Ireland have an opportunity to present them for sale. At the same time, the Fair aims to provide an opportunity for visitors to visit a private garden that they might not otherwise visit.

The fair is an annual event, always held on the second Sunday in May. Over the years the event has grown in stature and reputation with the fair being hosted in some of Ireland’s most notable and beautiful private gardens, and more recently in public and state gardens of note, including Fancroft Millhouse Gardens, Roscrea, Lakeview Gardens, Co Cavan, Kilfane Glen, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Annes Grove Gardens, Co Cork, Castleforbes, Co Longford, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, Dublin, and St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, and more.

Happy Birthday to the RHSI

RHSI Bicentennial LogoThe RHSI originated with a group of professional gardeners gathered in a Donnybrook tavern in September 1816 to drink beer and worry about ‘the art of gardening falling away and rapidly declining’. The modern RHSI has a more sanguine view of the future of Irish horticulture. With a mixed membership of hobby and professional gardeners, the organisation offers lectures, workshops, garden visits, overseas tours and hands-on volunteer gardening in the walled garden renovation project at Russborough.

There are RHSI partner gardens all over Ireland and a RHSI Journal published three times a year. If you are not already a member, why not join in 2016?

Information about the RHSI including membership details is on the web at rhsi.ie and facebook.com/rhsihome

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