Zwena McCullough (on left), the award-winning allotment provider and the owner of the Hydro Farm Allotment site in Blarney, Co Cork, with plot holder Peggy Murray. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If I had to single out one of the very best things to emerge from the economic wreckage of the late noughties, it would be that, as a nation, we redis(...)

 Seamus O’Brien, head gardener of Kilmacurragh surrounded by the flowers of the tree rhododendron, R.arboreum ssp. cinnamomeum, which is in full bloom in the gardens at the moment. Photograph: Richard Johnson

An awfully long time – roughly 140 years – has passed since the famous Broad Walk of Kilmacurragh in Co Wicklow was first laid out by siblings (...)