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(...)

Prospect Cottage at Dungeness, once owned by Derek Jarman.  Photograph: Getty Images

As an occasionally snarky-minded gardener, there’s a game that I like to play whenever I visit any of Ireland’s more picturesque coastal villages. Cal(...)

Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’ Photograph:   Richard Johnston

It was the famous English plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll who described the June garden as “the time of perfect young summer . . . with as yet no sign to(...)

 A jug of mixed roses. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Over the past few weeks, that Elvis Costello song, Good Year For The Roses just keeps popping into my head. The reason, of course, is the sun, which i(...)

Viewing of contents for auction at Costello Lodge in Casla, Connemara: A model of the Titanic.  Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

When White Star Line chairman J Bruce Ismay retreated to south Connemara after surviving the (...)