A Peacock butterfly feeding on the nectar-rich flowers of oregano growing in Ashtown Walled Garden in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Richard Johnston

The recent drought may not have been kind to many Irish gardens, but oh what a wonderful summer it’s been for seeing butterflies on the wing. In recen(...)

The Dublin garden of Olive and Alan Fitzpatrick. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

There aren’t many suburban Dublin gardens that have weathered the recent prolonged drought unscathed. Instead everywhere in our capital city are sign(...)

View along the double herbaceous border at Altamont’s walled garden in Co Carlow, which is managed by nurseryman Robert Miller. Photograph: Richard Johnston

There are some gardens that slowly seep into your soul to occupy a special place in your affections. Altamont in Ballon, Co Carlow, the former home of(...)