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The chic outdoors

The chic outdoors

One of the key trends in gardening for 2018 is simple - more time outdoors. Here, we bring you some of the key trends in exterior style for 2018. Now all we need is some sunshine...

The grass can always be greener

The grass can always be greener

Garden designer Leonie Cornelius is the creative brains behind some of Ireland’s most extraordinary private gardens. Here, she explains how best to jazz up your outdoor living space

How should your garden grow?

How should your garden grow?

Each garden presents its own drawbacks and opportunities. So where to start? We’ve enlisted the expertise of four of Ireland’s leading garden designers - Diarmuid Gavin, Mary Reynolds, Paul Doyle and June Blake - to help you bring life to your little patch of the planet

Nourish with a flourish

Nourish with a flourish

Spuds you may like, but what about growing something more unusual this season? Gardening expert Dermot O’Neill explains how to grow five delicious foods that you won’t find in the supermarket

A banquet of bulbs to suit any spring garden

A banquet of bulbs to suit any spring garden

If a house is not a home, then a garden without bulbs is not a garden at all, says Dutch plant expert Jacqueline van der Kloet

Time for a colour explosion in your garden after a long winter

Time for a colour explosion in your garden after a long winter

The long grey, mucky winter is almost at an end - and these bright flowers and plants will help the garden catch up and get straight into the swing of spring

A productive patch from scratch

A productive patch from scratch

Treat your vegetable patch as a valuable asset and you will be rewarded with the best return – healthy food

Spring back after arctic weather

Spring back after arctic weather

Were you broken-hearted to see the bedraggled remains of your garden after the recent snow? Fear not, many plants will recover if you give them time

Into the wild

Into the wild

Some see wildflowers as unwanted, but memoirist Zoë Devlin finds beauty in these unexpected visitors and encourages us to garden with nature, not against it

Going the extra Mile

Going the extra Mile

Douglas Hoerr had his lightbulb moment in an English country garden. Now he’s sprucing up Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Growing with the gardens of Glin

Growing with the gardens of Glin

Catherine Fitzgerald’s talents as a garden designer are showcased to the fullest in the delightful grounds of her family’s ancestral home, Glin Castle in Co Limerick

Bulbs to put a spring in your step

Bulbs to put a spring in your step

With plenty of thrifty deals being offered on bulbs, now is the perfect time of year to experiment with them in your garden

Zen and the art of bonsai

Zen and the art of bonsai

The Japanese practice of cultivating bonsai combines artistry with good old-fashioned gardening. Its slow nature requires growers like Paul Homan to tune into nature so it’s a great way to de-stress, he says

The apples of farmer Con’s eye

The apples of farmer Con’s eye

As the owner of The Apple Farm near Cahir, Co Tipperary, Cornelius Traas is privy to an abundance of variety, so it’s not surprising that he finds it hard to pick a favourite fruit of his labours

Fuelling a passion for planting

Fuelling a passion for planting

Paul Brady’s day job is running a Maxol service station, but in his spare time he’s created a beguiling and leafy haven at his suburban Dublin home