Helen Dillon

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Verney Naylor-designed garden and boathouse at the West Cork home of Lord and Lady Puttnam

Vast, golden beaches, salty summer breezes, anemone-filled rock pools and sand in your toes: what would summer be without at least one trip to the sea(...)

Dahlia ‘Twyning’s Revel’. Photograph: Richard Johnston
Dazzling dahlias

Is there anything quite as delicious looking as a dahlia flower? Or a genus of plants quite as varied or as versatile? In the kitchen garden I grow a (...)

Towels and togs are hanging up on railings, drying in the sunshine along the terraces and lanes of Monkstown. Happy shouts of swimmers at Seapoint (...)

Champion sweet pea grower and allotment expert John Warren. Photograph: Richard Johnston

This is the month when I want to holler at Mother Nature to hold on for just one second. Or two. The month, as it slips so quickly through my fingers,(...)

Tulips growing in dustbins

It’s the flower that was introduced into Europe by the charismatic Flemish diplomat Augier Ghislain de Busbecq, the flower that supposedly almost b(...)

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(...)

Andrea Jones photographing the gardens at Ballyfin House, Co Laois. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Flick through the pages of any glossy British or American gardening magazine and you’ll almost certainly come across the work of award-winning photogr(...)

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