Hester Forde

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Many Irish gardens are filled with one of the best and earliest-ever displays of snowdrops. Photograph: Moment/Getty

If you’re an experienced gardener, then you’ll already know that plants have surprisingly scant regard for the calendar year. Instead seasonality is a(...)

Niamh O’Donohoe, the young National Botanic Gardens-trained horticulturist

What does it take to make a career as a professional horticulturist? A strong back? Green fingers? A love of nature and of working alone outdoors? A w(...)

Now is the  time to rifle through the pages of the new crop of seed catalogues. Photograph: Richard Johnston

January- that mournful month of small, grey days and an invalid sun that hangs low and weak in the winter sky - is never an easy time of the year for (...)

David Austin rose ‘Strawberry Hill’ from Mr Middleton – €22

I used to think that when it came to the chore of Christmas present shopping, buying a gift for the green-fingered person in your life was as easy-pea(...)

Delicate flowers: no summer garden is complete with sweet pea’s ruffled, ephemeral beauty. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Hauntingly beautiful, intensely perfumed, floriferous, colourful and surprisingly easy to grow, sweet pea has few rivals among flowering plants for my(...)

So you want all the plants? Photograph: Getty

It’s that time of year again when Ireland’s garden centres, hardware stores and supermarket chains are filled with cheery displays of annual bedding p(...)

Annual pictorial meadows like this one at Airfield Gardens in Dundrum show how colour can be used in imaginative and enlivening ways in the garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s at this time of year that I always find myself contemplating sowing my own mini flower meadow, using a joyful, high-octane mix of fast-growing, u(...)

Spinkles of snowdrops flowering in the walled garden of Bellefield House, Co Offaly. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve never quite decided which side of the fence I stand on when it comes to snowdrops. On the one hand, I’m by no means a galanthophile, a person utt(...)

There’s no shame calling in the experts to help with some of the really heavy work

Remember the promise you made to yourself some time last summer when you realised with a sharp pang of regret that your garden wasn’t looking as well (...)

Colourful cast-concrete handmade planters designed by Dublin-based Ail+El

Gifts under €25 For gardeners who lose track of time, what about a Hexham outdoor/waterproof clock that can be popped discreetly into the border? (mr(...)

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