Landscape architect Eoghan Riordan Fernandez greens up Crampton Court. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Even for those who live in the very heart of our capital city, the odds are that you won’t know of Crampton Court, the medieval laneway that runs betw(...)

Rider Jamie O’Brien with therapeutic riding coaches Arina Jozwik and Rachel Ardagh as they follow Festina Lente’s new therapy trail past a border designed by Oliver Schurmann. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Humans, horses and horticulture – or the three “Hs” – is how the team based at Festina Lente in Bray, Co Wicklow, sum up their work. To understand (...)

 The colourful winter stems of Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’, C. sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ and C. alba ‘Sibirica’ surrounding the silver-white trunks of Himalayan birches together make a spectacular display. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Shrub it and see

It would be fair to say that as gardening expressions go, “woody shrubs” just doesn’t have quite the same glamour or cachet as, say, “wildflower me(...)

Peerless Pears

According to Edward Bunyard, the famous Edwardian horticulturist, gastronome and fruit connoisseur, it took humankind 2,000 years to breed the perfect(...)

Summer-flowering annuals picked from Fionnuala Fallon’s garden last week, Calendula ‘Neon’, Ammi visnaga, Briza maxima, Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Boy, Lathyrus ‘Gwendoline’. Larkspur, pennisetum, and Nigella damascena ‘Deep Blue’ Photograph: Richard Johnson

I’m writing this on the sort of mellow, golden autumn day that, like Frederick the field mouse (the eponymous hero of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s (...)

Put runner beans aside for the winter by blanching, bagging and freezing them.  Photograph: Richard Johnston

Autumn-fruiting raspberries such as “Autumn Bliss” and “Joan J” are still producing bowlfuls of delicious fruit, which need to be netted against bi(...)

l It’s butterfly time in the garden (above), and there’s no better way to enourage these exquisite flying insects than by growing one or two specimens(...)

Maybe it’s just old-fashioned nosiness, but I’ve always had a thing about other people’s bookshelves. A recent rummage through my younger sister’s,(...)

l As beds in the kitchen garden or allotment start emptying, either replant them with winter crops (hardy winter salads, spring cabbage, kale, over-wi(...)

Freshly harvested kale. Photograph: Getty Images
Forever greens

On the vague off chance that you haven’t yet noticed, might I mention the fact that kale is trending? Once dismissed as tasteless fodder crops, this l(...)