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A snowdrop emerges from its bulb. File photograph: Getty

Brexit. Is there any other word that provokes such a potent mix of anxiety, ennui, fury and despair? As gardeners it’s made us realise how much we’ve (...)

Doneraile Court,  Co Cork.

Getting into Doneraile Court involves climbing past the fallen rim of a balustrade which once enclosed the orangery where diarist and diplomat Harold (...)

Triona Noonan  in her garden in Dun Laoghaire with some of her prized alpine and rock plants Photo Credit Richard Johnston

Say the words “rock gardening” to most young(ish) gardeners and they’re likely to gently wrinkle their noses and shake their heads in amused bewilderm(...)

Close-up of the delicate spring flowering, black cherry plum blossom also known as Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’,

If you’re a keen gardener, then you’re already probably familiar with that strange emotion that some call plantlust. Like a horticultural cupid’s arr(...)

The native Irish primrose (Primula vulgaris) flowering in an Irish woodland this spring.  Photograph:  Richard Johnston

I spotted the first flush of wild primroses flowering in nearby woods a few weeks ago. Speckled along the edges of a steep, damp bank that sits beneat(...)

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(...)

A mixed basket of tulips from Angela Jupe’s garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

It’s tulip time. Or rather, it’s time to buy or order bulbs of any of the best varieties of tulips if you want to have a snowball’s chance in hell of (...)

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 (...)

A paeony in flower: late October is an excellent time to plant all types of paeonies. Both the Itoh hybrids and herbaceous types like a spot in either full sun or light shade, while tree paeonies will tolerate deeper shade

For various reasons – some avoidable, some not – I neglected my kitchen garden this year. So I sowed seed too late, or not at all, or I forgot to prot(...)

Walled garden at Glenarm Castle, Co Antrim.

I have always had a deep grá for Ireland’s wonderful walled gardens. My first gardening column for this paper followed the restoration and weekly cal(...)

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