A selection of ripe seedpods and seed from Fionnuala’s garden in autumn including tagetes, nicandra, lunaria and papaver. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It was the late great fashion designer Coco Chanel who declared that the best things in life are free. Certainly one of the great joys of gardening is(...)

Tanguy de Toulgoët at Dunmore Country School. Photograph: Richard Johnston

At a time when there is much talk of rewilding our gardens as a natural means of counteracting climate change, it’s cheering to know there are people (...)

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 (...)

Flowers from the garden: calendula, tagetes, alchemilla, sanguisorba and dahlias. Photograph: Richard Johnston

 If you love gardening, then you probably also love growing flowers. But as for picking them? Let’s just say that I have countless gardening frie(...)