The ‘awesome’ word is unavoidable on Canada’s west coast. Almost every sight one sees is awe-inspiring, writes Damien Enright.Read article
Numbers of red deer in the two main herds in the lowland areas of Killarney National Park are now believed to be higher than ever, writes Donal Hickey.
The wars of the rodents, like the Wars of the Roses, have been long drawn-out affairs. Nor do they show much sign of ending any time soon; a jihad against a newly arrived furry pest is underway in Cork, writes Richard Collins.Read article
The real meaning of the word amateur has nothing to do with qualifications or where your income comes from, writes Dick Warner.
Fiann Ó Nualláin has moved from mallows as medicine to rediscover the benefits of delightful hollyhocks.Read article
While nesting birds and their chicks are the main victims of illegal gorse fires that have again plagued the country this year, plants and other animals that are often forgotten about are also being badly hit, writes Donal Hickey.Read article
The world of showbusiness collides in London this week with the world of gardening in the form of the colourful explosion that is the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.Read article
Glass City, Vancouver, where towers of glass rise 25 floors above the concrete avenues, might also be called Green City, writes Damien Enright.Read article
North Ronaldsay is the northernmost island of the Orkney archipelago.Read article
Orange tips are on the wing at present. Male butterflies are unmistakable, with the vivid orange tips of the fore-wings contrasting with the white of the rest of the wings.Read article
I have a friend and neighbour who, many years ago, planted trees on most of his farm. He now has a large mixed woodland and it’s right beside an even larger one, Donadea Forest Park, which is an old demesne wood now managed by Coillte, writes Dick Warner.Read article
Peter Dowdall visits the 97-acre estate at Inish Beg Estate near Baltimore, Co Cork, and meets the owners whose organic approach has reaped resplendent rewards.Read article
Rose Martin picks up a copy of William Hall’s latest block buster, which frames the building materials that make up our world. This time he concentrates on timber.Read article
When is a tree house not a tree house? When it’s a play tower, says Rose Martin, who went to the village of Glanworth to see what you can do when you don’t have a tree to hang a house on top.Read article
What marks a queen out from a crowd of other bees? A beekeeper’s skill, says Mary O’RiordanRead article
Fiann Ó Nualláin gets to grips with the fascinating backstory of the Cleaver ‘sticky back’ weedRead article
Chelsea gold medal-winning designer Dan Pearson names s his favourite plants and tells Hannah Stephenson how they can be partnered in the gardenRead article
The recent discovery that humpback whale mothers and their new-born babies whisper to each other raises intriguing questions. We usually divide vocal communications into songs and calls, writes Richard Collins.
May is many people’s favourite month, as we witness nature and new life burst forth in all their glory, writes Donal Hickey.
The dark Canada of endless pines, lakes and mountains, was gone, writes Damien Enright.Read article
Dick Warner shares his techniques for Spring cleaning your garden pond.Read article
Peter Dowdall reflects on some of the visitors to the Mallow Home and Garden Show over the years.Read article
Sprucing up your patio for summer? Hannah Stephenson finds that smaller varieties of fruit bushes, flowers and vegetables make the most of our outdoor rooms.Read article
Marigolds can be a multi-purpose source of colour in the garden as well as being a valuable companion for the veg patch, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.Read article
All flowering plants sold by B&Q will be grown free from the pesticides that are linked to a decline in the bee population.Read article
A walker reading one of my pocket-book West Cork walking guides contacted me to say that, although she had walked a saltmarsh behind Garafeen Strand near Kilbrittain for 10 years, she had never seen the skylarks I mentioned in my book.Read article
The life story of the salmon from its birth in an upland stream, in Ireland, to its Atlantic voyage of several thousand kilometres continues to fascinate.Read article
It is easier to accept a convincing new idea than to banish an old false one.Read article
I live down a narrow, twisting cul-de-sac lane. You are forced to drive very slowly but this does give you the chance to take in the seasonal progression in the hedgerows and verges and the wildlife living in them.Read article
This large and striking butterfly is rather localised in its Irish distribution but where it exists it is particularly evident at this time of year when mating and egg-laying are taking place.Read article
A little scrubbing and refinishing are all you need to get that decking in ship-shape for outdoor living. Kya deLongchamps gets us on boardRead article
Peter Dowdall reports on an initiative in the grounds of Birr Castle demesne that will see massive redwood trees tower over the midlands like they once did in the stone age
Fiann Ó Nualláin says you can boost the growth potential of your plants by thinning seedlingsRead article