St Patrick’s Day traditionally marks the start of the potato-planting season in Ireland.  Photograph: Getty Images

Itching to get going in the garden this week? Here are ten green-fingered ways to celebrate the arrival of another growing season: 1 Plant some prata(...)

Cluain na dTor gardens in Donegal. Photograph: Seamus O’Donnell

There are times, surrounded by the gloomy, grey drip-drip of an endless Irish winter, when I wonder what it would be like to live in a country with an(...)

Freshly harvested produce in the walled kitchen garden of Burtown House in Co Carlow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

So it’s farewell to “the tenties”- or whatever you want to call the last decade – and hello to the “twenty-twenties”. But before we bid this dying dec(...)

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(...)

Peony in flower. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

In the turning of an Irish gardening year, I always think of October as the gateway month, its weeks filled with the bittersweet beauty of autumnal de(...)

lys Fowler: “Being that tidy-minded is not only an awful lot of hard work, it also comes at an enormous cost to our wellbeing.”

As a longstanding gardening columnist with the Guardian, a bestselling author, and a former presenter on the BBC’s Gardener’s World, Alys Fowler (...)

Giverny, France - June 8th, 2017: Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, in the background the house of Monet can be seen. Photograph: Getty Images

Heading off abroad on holidays this summer and hoping to include a visit to one of Europe’s great gardens? I asked some of the country’s most seasoned(...)

Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

Sheltered beneath that all-important protective skin of glass or polythene sheeting, plants enjoy a modified microclimate that facilitates growth.

If you’re the proud owner of a polytunnel or glasshouse, then you’ll already know that undercover gardening marches to the beat of a very different dr(...)

Delicate flowers: no summer garden is complete with sweet pea’s ruffled, ephemeral beauty. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Hauntingly beautiful, intensely perfumed, floriferous, colourful and surprisingly easy to grow, sweet pea has few rivals among flowering plants for my(...)

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