Gardening: Giving Kerry’s sleeping beauty new life

After years working in some of England’s most high-profile gardens, Alan Power is returning to Ireland to rejuvenate Derreen Garden on the Beara Peninsula in Co Kerry

Derreen House, on the Beara Peninsula in Co Kerry: its gardens are to be transformer by Alan Power

Alan Power is used to magnificent gardens, but few sights in the horticultural world thrill him as much as the amazing 100-year-old tree ferns at Derreen. He has returned from a stellar gardening career in England to breathe new life into the much loved Co Kerry garden.

Power left Cork as an 18-year-old to study horticulture in England, and has had a varied and exciting career in the meantime including, most recently, as head gardener ...