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Welcome to the playground

Welcome to the playground

Water pools, dream sequences and exotic backdrops are just some of the enchanting features that visitors to Bloom can expect to see in its 22 show gardens

Artificial lawns: the plastic, labour-saving alternative

Artificial lawns: the plastic, labour-saving alternative

It’s a lawn – but not as we know it

Glenveagh’s gardens work their magic

Glenveagh’s gardens work their magic

The wild landscape of the Donegal highlands is hard to beat

Kildare's Orchard lifestyle and garden centre has come full circle

Kildare's Orchard lifestyle and garden centre has come full circle

In 1987, Gerry Dooley started his garden centre by growing fruit, veg, shrubs and climbers. Today it houses its own pet store, showrooms and more

Gardening: Spring bulbs for summer colour

Gardening: Spring bulbs for summer colour

With better weather on the way, it’s time to look ahead and give your garden a much-needed injection of colour

Garden Special: Let’s go outside

Garden Special: Let’s go outside

It’s arrived: the brighter feeling that suggests summer is in the air. In this nine-page special, we bring you a host of reasons to make the most of the outdoors

Garden Special: Dens of tranquility

Garden Special: Dens of tranquility

More and more women are heading outdoors to create a ‘she shed’ - a haven of peace, creativity (and wine sometimes) that is just feet away from the back door, writes Chrissie Russell

Garden Special: 7 steps to creating your dream she shed

Garden Special: 7 steps to creating your dream she shed

Garden Special: The pick of the bunch

Garden Special: The pick of the bunch

Green-fingered experts agree to share with Chrissie Russell where to find the most beautiful meadows, the best planting and the most exotic hidden gems

Garden Special: Open-door policy

Garden Special: Open-door policy

Now is the time to open up your outdoor space to dining guests. These easy updates will help you get ready to entertain, writes Caroline Foran

Rock garden and alpine plants are easy to overlook, but they do have appeal

Rock garden and alpine plants are easy to overlook, but they do have appeal

Alpines are hardy little numbers, ideal for anyone who wants to grow a wide variety of plants in a small space

All rosy in Gavin’s garden

All rosy in Gavin’s garden

Gardening guru Diarmuid Gavin’s career has gone from strength to strength in recent times, and now he’s taking his expertise on the road with a tour this May and June

The Camellia is a glossy addition to any Irish garden

The Camellia is a glossy addition to any Irish garden

From winter to spring, the flower offers an abundance of forms and colours

Interiors inspired by totally tropical tastes and ocean views

Interiors inspired by totally tropical tastes and ocean views

From table-top tropics to plant-inspired accessories, nature is set to be the interior hero

A little creativity will make for a winning garden

A little creativity will make for a winning garden

The power of positive thinking can help you choose your perfect garden style