Susan Turner

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Alan Power is head gardener at Stourhead, the centuries-old 2,500 acre historic estate in Wiltshire

If the world of professional horticulture was a plum tree, then the job of head gardener of a large, historic, well-funded estate would be one of its (...)

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(...)

It seems strange, at this time of year, to talk about next summer. But as any seasoned gardener will tell you, that is the nature of the beast; we’re (...)

Cornwall-based textile artist Sian Cornish collecting plant material to use as natural dyes for her range of silk ribbons

Plants, as we all know, have many uses beyond the ornamental or the edible, one of their oldest being as a source of natural dyes; for centuries, man(...)

Edible rose petals and lemon verbena leaves crystallised by Ballymaloe House’s head pastry chef JR Ryall. PHotograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve spent the summer eating flowers. Sweet William, aquilegia, cornflowers, elderflowers, scarlet broad bean and runner bean blooms, peppery nastu(...)

To a non-gardener, the idea of cutting back a growing plant as a way of encouraging it to grow, seems, quite understandably, like an inexplicably odd (...)

Medical herbalist Kelli O’Halloran. Photographs: Richard Johnston

Of all the plants that I grow in the garden, there are a few that are particularly dear to my heart. Among them are pot marigolds (Calendula officinal(...)