Mature trees and shrubs such as these shown growing in Helen Dillon’s old Dublin garden are an important part of the charm of established gardens. Photo graph: Richard Johnston

Help! We’ve very excited to have recently bought an old house with its own existing garden. We’re about to begin renovation works on the building and (...)

You don’t expect to see roses blooming in Ireland in the depths of winter. Or marigolds, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tree mallows, campanulas, hybrid cl(...)

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 (...)