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All talks are held in the Visitors Centre of the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, unless otherwise stated.

Friday 20th April 6.30pm

Talk: Clare Hermans, Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee

The Irish Society of Botanical Artists is hosting an evening talk at the Irish Orchid Fair on Friday 20th of April at 6.30pm.  

Clare Hermans, Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee, author of many articles, co-author of Orchids of Madagascar and a research fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew will give a talk entitled

 "The RHS Orchid Committee and its artists: a history of the RHS orchid award paintings". 

This talk was originally given at the World Orchid Conference held in Ecuador last November.

The talk will be followed by a wine reception and a tour of "Three Threads – exploring the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore" an exhibition of orchid paintings by ISBA Member, Margareta Pertl. Deborah Lambkin's paintings of recent RHS Award-winning Orchids will also be exhibited.

There is no admission charge and all are welcome.

IOS members who wish to attend should email isba.committee@gmail.comwith the number of guests attending.

Mar 28th - 25th April

Three Threads – An exhibition exploring the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore

The exhibition will be held in the Visitor Centre, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

With watercolours by Margareta Pertl and Deborah Lambkin and historic material from the National Botanic Gardens archive.

Saturday & Sunday Apr 21st & 22nd

Dublin Orchid Fair 2018
10am – 5pm, Admission free

The annual orchid fair organised by the National Botanic Gardens is to be held this weekend in the conservatory at the gardens in Glasnevin. This is the premier annual orchid event in Ireland with a large selection of species and hybrids for sale.

On Saturday the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee will sit and judge plants in the Meeting Room at the rear of the Curvilinear Range. The Gallery in the Visitor Centre will hold an exhibition of paintings by Margareta Pertl and Deborah Lambkin along with some material from the archives in the National Botanic Gardens, Library. This is an exciting weekend for both orchid lovers and gardeners alike. There will be plenty to see and do so please come and enjoy.

Monday, May 14th, 7.30pm

Members Night

Please bring along your orchids for discussion, whether you have problems with them, need advice or simply just want to show them off. We can also discuss the recent Orchid Fair and plants purchased.

Monday, June 11th, 7.30pm


The traditional state of the Society address will be given with the Committee putting forward ideas to advance the society in the year ahead. It is also the forum for members to give their feedback and suggestions.

Thursday, June 21st, 6.30pm

Annual North Bull Island Walk

Join Ireland's orchid expert Brendan Sayers and discover some of Ireland's wild orchids in the sand dunes of Bull Island in Dublin. Be prepared for good or bad weather! Meet at the Interpretive Centre. All welcome. Walk will be about 1.5 hours.