Sarah Raven

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Now is the  time to rifle through the pages of the new crop of seed catalogues. Photograph: Richard Johnston

January- that mournful month of small, grey days and an invalid sun that hangs low and weak in the winter sky - is never an easy time of the year for (...)

Photograph: iStock

Looking for a Christmas gift for the gardener in your life that will inspire, entertain and inform them in equal measure? Covering topics as diverse a(...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

Paperwhites: their tall, deeply perfumed, multi-headed ghostly white flowers can fill a room with their scent. Photograph:   Mr Middleton

Christmas. There, I’ve said it. Or rather, I’ve written it. Yes, yes, my apologies for using the C word given that we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween bu(...)

The violet, drumstiock flowers of Allium ‘Globemaster’ , an early summer flowering bulbous plant.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

If someone suggested that you should spend your hard-earned money on something that looks distinctly unappealing and then expend quite a bit of physic(...)

An armful of freshly picked summer flowering hardy annuals. Photograph: Richard Johnston

One of the valuable gardening lessons that this summer’s fierce drought taught me as a flower farmer florist – and it taught me quite a few – is the i(...)

A bouquet of Irish flowers: many brides to be want  to use of seasonal Irish-grown flowers for their bouquets and to have a personal hand in growing them. Photograph: Joseph Carr

More than a quarter of Irish marriages take place during July-August. I say this because those same two months also happen to be among the most flori(...)

Walled garden at Glenarm Castle, Co Antrim.

I have always had a deep grá for Ireland’s wonderful walled gardens. My first gardening column for this paper followed the restoration and weekly cal(...)