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(...)

It’s tempting to water everything in sight, but you need to prioritise. Photograph: Getty

Signs of the prolonged heat and lack of rainfall are showing everywhere in Irish gardens, from sun-burnt lawns to wilting foliage and drooping flowers(...)

Drifts of bluebells flowering in the woodland gardens of Mount Usher in Co Wicklow. Photograph: Richard Johnston

If this were – deep sigh – a typical spring, then many Irish gardens would already be awash with the flowers and foliage of some of our loveliest wood(...)

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(...)

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Ask a non-gardener if they know of the deep-rooted cultural connection between Ireland and the genus of plants known as Camellia and your question is (...)

“Instagram at its very best is a potent mixture of beautiful, original imagery and informative, witty, inspiring text”

For years, I’ve sniffed at Twitter, rolled my eyes at Facebook and snorted at Snapchat. But then just when I couldn’t get any more toploftical, along (...)

Ideal Home Show: 240 stands spread across almost three acres at the RDS

The Ideal Home Show runs from October 27th-30th at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion in Ballbridge Dublin 4. Upwards of 26,000 people are expected to visi(...)

The ‘Irish Times’ Home & Design Theatre at the Ideal Home Show.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th 1pm: Introduction to The Irish Times Home & Design Theatre followed by The quantity surveyor versus the architect : head-to-(...)

‘Long-tailed tits feeding from a bird feeder in an Irish garden. Photograph:  Oran O’Sullivan

The first time I spotted a woodpecker feeding from a peanut feeder in our family garden, I wondered if I was hallucinating. An agitated flurry of fea(...)

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