Zoe Devlin

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Take advantage of any dry weather over the coming weeks to tidy up around the garden.

If ever there was proof that the very best gardeners are often also the oldest gardeners, then it’s in this year’s crop of gardening books. These off(...)

Sweet-pea is a fast-growing annual climber that is ideal for training against a sunny wall or garden fence. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Help! We’ve planted our brand-new garden with lots of long-lived trees, shrubs and perennials that we’ve been assured will look lovely once they grow (...)

Amaryllis: Plant its giant fleshy bulbs into a pot in the next few weeks and you should have its tall, splendid, lily-like blooms in time for Christmas when the plants make an excellent gift. Photograph: Getty

It’s a funny old business, gardening. So much of it involves planning for the future that it sometimes feels as if we gardeners live our lives in two (...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

Zoë Devlin: The botanist in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny, on the trail of meadow saffron (Colchicum autumnale), a rare native perennial found mainly in southeast Ireland. Photograph: Pete Devlin

In one of her books, Zoë Devlin describes herself as a “garden escape”, a phrase that usually refers to exotic plant species that jump over garden wa(...)

‘Salvia Amistad’ and ‘Cerro Potosi’; growing together in an Irish garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I have a new love in my life; no, not the human variety , but a vast, versatile and geographically diverse genus of plants that are extraordinarily(...)

Most of us have eaten some part of a wild plant at some point in our lives, whether it’s a fistful of sun-ripened blackberries from a sunny hedgero(...)

Iberian mystery: how did the  large-flowered butterwort of Kerry get here? Photograph: Michael Viney

Just behind the telly is the strongest shelf in the house, supporting the heaviest books in my natural-history library. Weightiest of all is on(...)