Bumble bee feeding from a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Bad days, we all have them. Something happens, and suddenly you find yourself briefly but uncomfortably at odds with the world. I was having such a(...)

‘The tulip lady’: Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord

Mention the Welsh-born writer and author Anna Pavord’s name to any book-loving gardener and almost inevitably they will say “Ahh, the tulip lady”. (...)

Mick Harford, district parks officer with Dublin City Council in St Anne’s Rose Gardens in Raheny. Photographs: Richard Johnston

If you’re a dedicated rose-lover, then perhaps you already know the story of ‘Peace’. An aristocrat amongst rose cultivars which celebrates its 80th b(...)

If your heart is set on keeping free-range birds, consider allowing them to roam freely in certain areas of the garden for part of the day while fencing/ netting/ caging off more vulnerable areas such as flower beds

I don’t keep hens, but as the occasional babysitter to my neighbour’s ‘girls’, I increasingly wish that I did. Not just for the steady supply of fresh(...)

These gardens bring nothing but good to a community, enriching many lives in many different ways.

While it’s difficult to put an exact figure on how many community gardens there are in Ireland – 200? 250? – it’s fair to say the majority have bee(...)

Self-seeding plants Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ and the Welsh poppy, Meconsopsis cambrica, putting on a colourful display in Fionnuala’s garden earlier this month.  Photograph: Richard Johnson

It’s a funny old business, gardening. We so often start out with the intention of letting nature know who’s boss, only to quickly find ourselves de(...)

The purple flower spires of the native foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, lighting up the edges of a Wicklow woodland.

Fairy thimbles, fairy gloves, witches’ bells . . . whatever name you might know it by, the lofty purple flower spires of our native foxglove are on(...)

The edible flowers of pot marigolds. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The very best gardens are those that feed the mind, body and soul. An example is the pint-sized kitchen roof garden which I spotted on a recent tri(...)

‘Salvia Amistad’ and ‘Cerro Potosi’; growing together in an Irish garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I have a new love in my life; no, not the human variety , but a vast, versatile and geographically diverse genus of plants that are extraordinarily(...)

 “Darkness into Light – The Pieta House Garden”, a medium-sized show garden which was designed by Niall Maxwell and which features a mural by Joe Caslin. Photograph: Richard Johnston 2:44

‘Darkness Into Light’ Pieta House Garden The brilliant Irish street artist and illustrator Joe Caslin made the cover of the New York Times newspa(...)