The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, founded in 1816, is a registered charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill and practice of horticulture, arboriculture and floral art. Today, the RHSI is the leading organisation for gardeners in Ireland. From the beginning, the Horticultural Society of Ireland, as it was known, was successful,with its many shows well attended by the public. The Society received a boost to its fortunes in 1838, when the young Queen Victoria, on her first visit to Ireland, became its Patroness, consenting to it being renamed the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland. By the early 1900s, support for the RHSI shows was very strong; with no fewer than 2,500 dishes of fruit being exhibited at the 1911 Winter Show held at the Royal Dublin Society. The Society’s displays were a popular feature at the RDS Shows for many years into the twentieth century.
The RHSI is a thriving organisation run by its members on a voluntary basis with membership spread throughout the island of Ireland. The Council and committees of the RHSI are dedicated to developing our role in supporting Irish horticultural . Members enjoy lectures, garden visits and tours. The RHSI Journal is published three times a year. The RHSI use their website, Facebook Page and Tweets and Twitter account together with a weekly e-mail to keep everyone up-to-date with events and activities.
The RHSI Garden Russborough, affords members the opportunity to work and learn alongside expert fellow-gardeners in the walled garden in the demesne.
The RHSI has an affiliated membership of over 90 horticultural, gardening and floral art societies and clubs. Click to view the list of societies and clubs.
Many of the gardens in the RHSI Partner Garden scheme offer free/reduced cost entry to RHSI members. Garden details are on this website.