Kilmacurragh House   in 1932

Kilmacurragh House, near Kilbride in east Wicklow stands in ruin in the midst of one of the most important collections of mature exotic trees in Ir(...)

The new plaque at the National Botanic Gardens honouring the life and work of Matilda Knowles 2:23

The trouble with commemorative plaques is that you have to be dead to get one. One of the people who deserve to be honoured in their lifetime is Ma(...)

Dr Matthew Jebb: “Everything’s plumping up, getting ready for spring. Blue-sky days make you really thankful.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:32

‘We’ve been living here three-and-a -half years and it’s very, very nice. It’s an extraordinary location because you’re living in the countrysi(...)

Cedar tree at Adare Manor, Adare, Co Limerick, from Carsten Krieger and Aubrey Fennell’s Heritage Trees of Ireland, published by Collins Press. Photograph: Carsten Krieger/Tree Council of Ireland

As I type these words, I’m listening to the far-off, sawdust-laden buzz of a chainsaw as it slices up the splintered remains of a mature beech (...)

Andrea Jones photographing the gardens at Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Flick through the pages of any glossy British or American gardening magazine and you’ll almost certainly come across the work of award-winning photogr(...)

Wicklow beaches: nesting terns have to be fenced off. Illustration: Michael Viney

Airy as spindrift, sharp as knives, they flicker beyond the third wave in flashes of white light, plunge-diving for sand eels. Their courtship is an a(...)