Helen Dillon

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Giverny, France - June 8th, 2017: Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, in the background the house of Monet can be seen. Photograph: Getty Images

Heading off abroad on holidays this summer and hoping to include a visit to one of Europe’s great gardens? I asked some of the country’s most seasoned(...)

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(...)

Liat and Oliver Schurmann, who are bringing an underwater marine garden, called Aquamarina, to Bloom. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sustainability and climate change are the twin issues radically reshaping the future of gardening, inspiring a new generation to throw away the rule b(...)

June Blake’s garden near Blessington, West Wicklow, will also be celebrating its “Month of Tulips” throughout April with a spectacular display of these spring-flowering bulbs.

Canny gardeners will know that one of the most important milestones of the Irish growing year is the vernal equinox, which this year fell on March 20t(...)

Well rotted manure makes an excellent organic mulch. Photograph credit: Richard Johnston

Mulch. Yes, yes, I know it’s not the most immediately seductive of words nor does it conjure up the loveliest of images, but bear with me because I wa(...)

Seamus O’Brien, head gardener at National Botanic Gardens at Kilmacurragh – and now author

Have you ever paused to wonder where the plants that grow in our Irish gardens and parks originally come from? It might be a surprise to learn that s(...)

Balcony suite at the  Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny
Suite sensation in Kilkenny
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  • September 15, 2018, 06:00

Newpark news The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny has opened 10 luxury balcony suites as part of a €2 million investment in the property. The suites have ba(...)

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(...)

27/06/2018- Home and Design .. One of the country’s best known gardeners Helen Dillon pictured in the garden of her new home in Monkstown, Co.Dublin . Photograph: Bryan O'Brien / The Irish TimesKeywords: garden flower plant planting property

When Helen Dillon and her husband, antiques specialist Val Dillon, announced in 2016 that they were putting their Ranelagh home up for sale, many hear(...)

Astrantia ‘Gill Richardson’. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Are you in search of long-flowering, easy-to-grow plants that will add oodles of oomph to your June garden? The sorts that experienced gardeners refer(...)

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