Welcome to Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Committee

The Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Committee was established in 1980 to prepare and publish an inventory of parks, gardens and demesnes of historic importance within Northern Ireland. Membership was subsequently expanded to broaden the expertise and to bring the committee into contact with other organisations concerned with the management and conservation of our plant and garden heritage.

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 Conference 2015 & 2016 - Dates for your diary.

We are pleased to announce the dates for the next two conferences.

The well established 3-day format will be adopted. 

2015 Conference - Friday 9th, Saturday 10th

& Sunday 11 Oct 2015

with a Topic of

"Architecture & Art in Garden Design"

in Association with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society


Hillsborough Castle

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 in Association with UAHS


2016 Conference - Friday 7th, Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th. Oct 2016

The well established 3-day format will be adopted. 

with a Topic of

"Commemoration Gardens and Gardening"

 an exciting venue in Rep of Ireland to be announced SOON.




Photo Album of the 2014 CONFERENCE

BOTANY OF DESIRE - The Role of Nurseries in the Irish Garden & Beyond

took place from 10th - 12th October 2014 at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

Click here to download a Printable pdf of the Brouchure & Booking Form

Click here to go to the Photo Album




See below for pics and reports on the 2013 CONFERENCE - 11th, 12th & 13th October



Click here for a Report by Peter Stam for the GLDA Publication COMPASS

Click here to see Book No.1 Pics of the Conference

Click here to see Book No.2 Pics of the Conference

Click here to see Book No.3 Pics of the Conference

Click here to see Book No.4 Pics of the Conference

Click here for a Conference Report by Peter Stam of the GLDA

Guest Garden Writer or Author. Periodic Publication No.1

From time to time we will bring you the words of well known garden writers or authors.

The first in the series is by Seamus O'Brien, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens.

We are thrilled to offer extracts from his most recent publication"In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry and his Chinese plant collectors" by Seamus O Brien with Forward by Roy Lancaster OBE VMH is Published by the Antique Collectors Club Ltd www.antiquecollectorsclub.com RRP £40.00


Our sincere thanks to Seamus O Brien for his on going committment to and interest in Horticural Heritage in Ireland. Seamus O'Brien manages Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens, an 18th Century Country Estate belonging to National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

Click here for more images

Click here to go to the 1st extract from the book

Click here to go to the 2nd extract from the book

Mission Statement:

  • To ensure that historic parks, gardens and demesnes are preserved and maintained for future generations
  • To promote research into the history of gardens and horticulture
  • To disseminate information about historic parks, gardens and demesnes
  • To assist with the preservation of garden plants
  • To encourage greater interest in gardens and gardening


  • `Northern Gardens; Gardens and Parks of Outstanding Historic Interest in Northern Ireland' NIHGC, 1982
  • `Heritage Gardens Inventory`, Belinda Jupp, 1992
  • `Glory of Donard`, E Charles Nelson, 1994
  • `Daisy Hill Nursery, Newry: A History of `The Most Interesting Nursery Probably in the World`, E Charles Nelson, 1998