Mission Statement

To generate development and growth of the garden experience sector by:

  • being the national platform through which garden organizations and organizers come together with common goals;
  • developing programs, resources and services;
  • promoting the role and benefits of Ireland gardens and gardening activities as integral components of our communities and their tourism offering;
  • fostering increased visitation to gardens and participation in gardening activities.

If you're involved in managing or organizing an Irish Garden Experience - be it a public or botanical garden; garden/floral-focused event, festival, network or trail; destination garden centre; garden club, horticultural society or organization; or a tourism or associated industry - we invite you to become a member of the Gardens of Ireland Trust.


To champion the garden experience sector's contributions to the well-being of the people of Ireland and the visitors to Ireland; the sustainability of our communities; and to promote the joys and benefits of gardens, gardening, urban and municipal landscapes and green infrastructure.


  1. To contribute to the development and celebration of the Island of Ireland’s Garden Culture
  2. To promote the 'triple bottom line' (social, economic and environmental) impact of garden experiences and gardening in communities across the Island of Ireland.
  3. To enrich the Island of Ireland’s tourism offering with the many and varied Garden Experiences within the provinces and territories
  4. To work with the Island of Ireland’s horticultural industry to stimulate garden experience development and grow the gardening clientel
  5. To be the vehicle through which we tell the Island of Ireland garden-related stories and share them with pride with the people of the Island of Ireland and visitors from all over the world
  6. To facilitate collaboration and cooperation between garden experience organizers
  7. To facilitate collaboration and cooperation between local, provincial and national garden organizations.
  8. To be the voice of gardens vis-à-vis other related sectors or industries interested in developing and promoting the Island of Ireland Garden Experiences e.g. education, art, culture, culinary, heritage, tourism, etc.
  9. To foster, develop, monitor and share research related to gardens and gardening development and trend
  10. To evaluate and measure development and performance on an ongoing basis to ensure continued growth and success of the sector
  11. To operate with integrity in a professional business manner.