From garden festivals and talks to the hundreds of lovely Irish gardens open to the public, there is plenty to enjoy this month. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s officially summer, which means that there’s plenty to see and do in the garden this month plus lots of great garden festivals, talks, workshops a(...)

Fiann Ó Nualláin: “I am not in any line of business that benefited from the Celtic Tiger era or took a hit during the recession.”

Are you a saver or a spender? I am not a consistent saver or someone with ambitions to accumulate for the sake of it. I’d rather spend on friends and(...)

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(...)

Arrangement of early vegetables.

If you like growing your own food, then you’ll know all too well that April-May is the busiest time of the growing year, requiring Irish kitchen garde(...)

Sparkling windows, fresh colours and more floor space will lift the mood of a room. Photograph: Getty

It is probably safe to say that most of us have had our fill of winter. Sure, we enjoyed the novelty of building snowmen and hunkering down in front o(...)

Dr Bairbre Ni Fhloinn  in the National Folklore Collection archive in UCD. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are lots of arguments both for and against the use of herbal medicine. Last year on these pages, I explored them in extensive detail, pointing o(...)

St John’s Wort: the herb is now available only on prescription in Ireland, although it is still available over the counter in Northern Ireland. Photograph: iStock

Sleep We’re in a sleep crisis. Long and busy days, too many screens, not enough sunlight, staying up too late, getting up too early and, of course, (...)

Three for joy: triplets Sophie, Katie and Elizabeth Ní Mhaolain (13), from Baltray in Co Louth, at the 10th Bloom festival yesterday in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.  Photograph: Peter Houlihan

Near-record temperatures brought record crowds for the first day of this year’s Bloom. More than 18,000 visitors attended the event at Dublin’s Pho(...)

  William Brennan, Joe O’Connor, Tola Collier, Alan Battersby and Steve Garry of the Ashbourne Re-enactment group on ‘Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden’, designed by Fiann O’Nuallain for this year’s Bloom festival.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The plight of Dublin children caught up in the Easter Rising and the sufferings of Syrian refugees are highlighted in two of the show gardens at this (...)

Captured at the launch of Bloom 2016 were Eva Casey (5) and Doireann McNally (5). It takes place from June 2nd-6th in the Phoenix Park and organisers say it will be the biggest to date. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Syrian refugee crisis and the centenary of the Easter Rising are among the themes for the show gardens at this year’s 10th annual Bloom festival. (...)