Portable garden options: tulips growing in galvanised steel dustbins.

A portable garden, filled with potted plants, is a wise way to grow, if you rent or plan to move house, says award-winning landscaper and Chelsea Flow(...)

Diarmuid Gavin in his ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’ at the Dundrum Shopping Centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Diarmuid Gavin is trying to explain how eccentric humour like that from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory inspired his garden display at Dundrum(...)

James Alexander-Sinclair: “Not only is [horticulture] exciting, creative work, but there’s also great charm in the idea that you’re doing something that will leave the world a better place.” Photograph: Courtesy of Malvern Spring Show

Not many professional gardeners have quite as many strings to their bow as James Alexander-Sinclair, the British landscape designer, RHS judge, telev(...)

Diarmuid Gavin’s silver-gilt winning garden.

By now you’ll almost certainly know that the grand old lady of international horticulture that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show once again waved her ma(...)

Paul Martin’s garden for which he won a gold medal. Photograph:  PA

Two Irish garden designers were awarded prestigious Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) medals for their main avenue show gardens at this year’s Chelse(...)

Paul Martin: ‘It’s a little bit like showing a pedigree dog at Crufts; you have to understand the rules if you want to win a medal at Chelsea.’ Photograph: Richard Johnston

Talking to the Dundalk-born garden designer Paul Martin about his upcoming garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I was reminded of that scen(...)

In bloom: the rear of 45 Sandford Terrace, Ranelagh

The arrival to the market of one of Dublin’s most celebrated properties marks the end of a golden gardening era. When people hear that Ireland’s fore(...)

Few houses can claim to have part of a garden which won a silver medal in the Chelsea Flower Show. In 2005, Fiona Whooley persuaded husband Col(...)