Welcome to Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust

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.

In February 2015 the committee was restructured and the Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust was formed. In Sept/Oct 2015 the NIHGT gained Charitable Status and is Registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland - Reg No. NIC103014. Subsequently the Committee decided to formally change the name of the organisation to be known as The Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust.

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2017 Conference

5/10/2017 - 8/10/2017
Lissadell House

“Historic Gardens – Restore, Preserve or Conserve - Making Choice"


2017 Conference Flyer & Booking Form available now

Click here for Flyer

Click here for Booking Form

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Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Trust and the Office of Public Works

The Conference took place on Fri 7th, Sat 8th & Sunday 9th. Oct 2016 with a Topic of
"Commemoration Gardens and Gardening"  in Dublin Castle


Click here for a downloadable pdf Report of the Conference

Click here for report on the David Lambert Presentation

Brochure - Click here for Downloadable version

Click here to view the Photo Album of the Conference

National War Memorial, Island Bridge, Dublin




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Brochure for the 2015 Conference is still available to Download - Click here to LINK to downloadable pdf

Click here to View the IMAGE GALLERY of the Conference

Almost 100 People enjoyed a series of lectures and garden visits on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11 Oct 2015

the Topic of the conference was

"Architecture & Art in Historic Garden Design"

Click here for "A History of Hillsborough Castle Demesne by Terence Reeves-Smyth"

Click here for "The Flora of Hillsborough" by Terence Reeves-Smyth

NIHGC were pleased to run the conference in Association with the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society in the Historic Royal Palace - Hillsborough Castle

  The 2015 Conference was held in Association with UAHS





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