It has always struck me as deliciously odd that a plant capable of producing such fiery-tasting fruits should be known by the name of “chilli”. We (...)

Sam Smyth of Urban Plant Life surrounded by the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), one of his favourite indoor plants. Photographs: Richard Johnston

It’s not easy being a house plant. Too often, it’s expected to have the endurance skills of a French Foreign legionnaire along with a supernatural (...)

Thomas Rainer: “To me, the only great sin in gardening or garden design is cliché. It is something we always have to fight against.”  Photograph: Darren S Higgins

I know I’m not the only person who, while ankle-deep in muck and manure or on bended, frostbitten knees, burying flower bulbs into ice-cold autumn (...)

Next year marks the 200th birthday of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, founded in 1816 when a group of gardeners came together in the ap(...)

A liquid mix of different beneficial bacteria, yeast and fungi restores life to the soil with wonderful results. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s funny how things change. Or, rather, how our attitudes to things change. Take, for example, antibiotics, which only a few short decades ago we(...)

June Blake’s exciting, contemporary garden in County Wicklow. Photographs: Richard  Johnston

‘New beginnings”, “a fresh start”, “a new leaf”; these are the words that rattle round our heads in the fledgling weeks of a brand new year. In the(...)

Which one of us doesn’t like to settle down by the fire of a winter’s night, a glass of mulled wine and a great gardening book in hand? With that t(...)

Claire Ryan (right) and Patsy Wrafter of the Informal Florist. Photographs:  Richard Johnston

Get to a certain age in life, and even the best-loved Christmas traditions can sometimes begin to feel a little stale. Which is how – while searchi(...)

Clarke’s Soaps, handmade in Dublin

I could start off this week’s column with a Grinch-like list of gifts that the nation’s gardeners are hoping not to find under the tree this year ((...)

Flanagan’s Fields in Rialto, a community garden using 21st century methods to grow food. Photographs: Richard Johnston 3:28

Some people become gardeners, while others are born green-fingered. A shining example of the latter is Dublin-born Michael Flanagan (1833-1931), th(...)