OPW gardener Brian Quinn and trainee gardener Daniel Sanchez harvesting potatoes in Ashtown walled garden, surrounded by self-seeded pollinator-friendly plants such as borage and viper’s bugloss. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s always fascinating to note the events in our lives that help to shape and define us as gardeners. In the case of Brian Quinn, the horticulturist (...)

It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since the Carlow Garden Festival took its first baby steps with just a handful of garden experts as part of (...)

Freshly harvested courgettes sit next to nasturtiums in an Irish garden. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

There was a time, not so very long ago, when the word “salad” was likely to conjure up unlovely images of watery Iceberg lettuce, sad slices of unripe(...)

Bloom is Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, running from Thursday until Monday. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Heading to Bloom in the Phoenix Park over the coming days? With over 100,000 people expected to visit Ireland’s biggest food and garden show, which ru(...)

A bumblebee feeding on a cosmos flower. Photograph: Richard Johnston

With a horde of scientific studies confirming the fact that populations of wild bees, butterflies and other insects are in dramatic decline, many gard(...)

1, Off-street parking If there is room to park a car in front of your home, it’s worth going through the planning hoops to get it as it could add “(...)

The autumn Ideal Home Show is set to be one of the biggest in recent years with 230 exhibitors. Around 25,000 visitors are expected at what is now a b(...)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th 1pm: Introduction to the Irish Times Home & Design theatre by Irish Times journalist Orna Mulcahy followed by the first tal(...)

The intricate work of British botanical artist Rachel Dein. Photograph: Andrew Montgomery

Have you ever wanted to preserve a gardening moment in time? To capture, for example, the sculptural qualities of autumnal seed-heads before they fade(...)

Rose petals, forget-me-nots, cornflowers and daisies as seen on faces at Preen’s SS17 show at London Fashion Week. Photograph: Estrop/Getty

Oscar Wilde did it when he popularised the wearing of the floral boutonniere. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo did it when she decorated her hair with fresh(...)

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