Jimi Blake

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Oliver and Liat Schurmann, owners of Mount Venus Nursery, Tibradden. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

 When this spring’s lockdown brought the world to an abrupt stop, it offered many the unexpected opportunity to forge new, life-enriching relatio(...)

Photograph: Richard Johnston

It was back in 1990 that American-born Marilyn and Ray Farrell, art gallery owners based in Maine, accepted an invitation from their artist friend, Ne(...)

Ross Flanagan and his garden in Harold’s Cross. Photograph: Alan Betson

Take one teeny-tiny city front garden, a family dog, two energetic toddlers and their young parents – one who is an absolutely passionate gardener, th(...)

Wildflower meadow at the  National Botanic Gardens. The gardens reopened to the public on May 18th having  been closed since March 28th. You can once again stroll along the heavily scented paths and meadows in the 50 acres of heaven in Glasnevin.   Photograph: Fran Veale

The pandemic has upturned this year’s gardening calendar, forcing the cancellation of festivals, talks, plant fairs, workshops and other green-fingere(...)

Cluain na dTor gardens in Donegal. Photograph: Seamus O’Donnell

There are times, surrounded by the gloomy, grey drip-drip of an endless Irish winter, when I wonder what it would be like to live in a country with an(...)

Wild about Weeds, Garden Design with Rebel Plants by  Jack Wallington

The late Beth Chatto revolutionised the gardening world with her ecological approach to garden design as well as with her painterly eye for subtle, un(...)

Ceramic ‘Girl Power Vase’ by For All Womenkind (€35, aprilandthebear.com )

Badly in need of some inspiration when it comes to choosing the perfect gift for the special gardener in your life? Then this one’s for you: Under €3(...)

A selection of ripe seedpods and seed from Fionnuala’s garden in autumn including tagetes, nicandra, lunaria and papaver. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It was the late great fashion designer Coco Chanel who declared that the best things in life are free. Certainly one of the great joys of gardening is(...)

Jimi Blake in his west Wicklow garden, Hunting Brook. Photograph: Sean Jackson

He’s been described by the Telegraph newspaper as one of the world’s “new plant gurus” and is chums with Monty Don (the mellifluous-voiced presenter o(...)

Consider drying fruit during abundant harvests

After last year’s drought, I promised myself that I’d never, ever give out about our rainy climate again. Not a word. So I’m not going to bemoan the r(...)

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