‘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”. (...)

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(...)

‘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(...)

The city of Zadar on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is a lively, small city with lots of things to do

We are three 18-year-old girls looking for advice on Leaving Cert holidays for next year. We wanted to do inter-railing but figured it would be too ex(...)

 Blackcurrants waiting to be made into jams, ice cream, cassis and cordial. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I recently spent a sunny afternoon picking blackcurrants, gently pulling the dangling strigs of fragrant, inky berries off branches so heavily laden t(...)

Singer David Gray continues his return to the Irish stage at the Groove Festival in Bray, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

TraidphicnicThe traditional arts and music festival with a difference takes place in An Spidéal,Co Galway this weekend.Traidphicnic is an access for a(...)

Leaves and edible flowers for the salad bowl. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately dreaming about salads. Not just any old salad, but the perfect, homegrown leafy salad; the sort with just t(...)

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(...)

 The three Jameson sisters (from left) Tara, Andrea and Kristin photographed at their family home Tourin House. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

"Whiskey gets rid of ticks off dogs,” Andrea Jameson confides, as she pours tea in the informal sitting room of her family home, Tourin House, near(...)

If ever one needed proof of what an odd and altogether topsy-turvy start to the growing season it has been for Irish gardeners, it’s the unsett(...)

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