Polytunnels are valuable pieces of real estate where every square metre of precious growing space should - ideally - be used throughout the year. Photograph: Getty Images

History doesn’t tell us who first figured out that by stretching a skin of taut, transparent plastic over a series of rigid, vertical steel hoops, you(...)

St Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh in County Kildare Photo Credit Richard Johnston

As so many of us already have already discovered to our benefit, the therapeutic benefits of gardens are beyond doubt. They are spaces that allow us (...)

Drifts of bluebells flowering in the woodland gardens of Mount Usher in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If this were – deep sigh – a typical spring, then many Irish gardens would already be awash with the flowers and foliage of some of our loveliest wood(...)

Wake up and smell the flowers this summer. Photograph: Getty Images/Cultura RF

It’s summer, that magical time of year when many of Ireland’s best gardens are opened to the public. But which to visit over the coming months? We’ve (...)