Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland

The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland (RHSI), founded in 1816, is the Ireland's leading gardening charity.

Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland
Formation30 September 1816; 207 years ago (1816-09-30)
TypeRegistered charity
PurposePromote gardening and horticulture
Region served
Peter Harrison



The RHSI was founded as a charity in 1816 promoting and educating on all aspects of gardening in Ireland. The inaugural meeting took place on 30 September 1816 at the Rose Tavern, Donnybrook, Dublin as a Horticultural Society of Ireland with the Earl of Charlemont as its patron and Francis Hetherington as its chairman. The new society held its first flower show on Easter Monday 1817, and flower and fruit show on 18 August 1817. After a number of shows in the intervening years, the society declined, and was re-established with a new committee in 1830. By 1848 the Society became known as the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland.[1]

Its membership is made up of both professional and amateur gardeners.[2] In 2016, the RHSI celebrated its 200 anniversary.[3]

In November 2023 the RHSI announced an extraordinary general meeting to consider changing its name by dropping 'Royal' from the title.[4]


  1. ^ Nelson, E. Charles (1978). "'To Protect and Promote the Science of Gardening': The Origins and Early History of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, 1816-30". Garden History. 6 (3): 65. doi:10.2307/1586646.
  2. ^ "About RHSI". Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "200th birthday of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland". The Irish Times. 17 January 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ Keena, Colm. "Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland to consider pruning 'Royal' from its name". The Irish Times.