The hedgerows are alive with the sound of insects

The hedgerows are alive with the sound of insects

Pollinators are busy feasting on a tempting selection of flowering plants, says Peter Dowdall.

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New tenants create a buzz

New tenants create a buzz

Life will be sweet for occupants of three city-centre properties thanks to their new fellow tenants.

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Gardening:  It's show time for all ages at Russborough

Gardening: It's show time for all ages at Russborough

The parkland setting of Russborough will be the setting for what promises to be a fun day out on July 28, says Peter Dowdall.

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Geraniums steal the show

Peter Dowdall reports on a budding success story and how plant gifts make gardens more interesting

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Gardening: How lemon grass can add zest to life

Fiann Ó Nualláin is impressed with this fragrant plant that is both ornamental and useful.

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Peter Dowdall shares his top 4 flower picks to add a splash of summer colour to your garden

TAKE your eye off the garden in autumn or winter and it can be quite forgiving, as the growth rate slows and then stops for a while before everything starts again the following spring.

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How nature can work wonders for body and soul

Studies have found that garden environments offer a host of physical and mental health benefits. Hannah Stephenson finds out more

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Cork offers inspiration for gardeners throughout the week

All roads lead to Cork for a host of inspiring gardening events this week. An acclaimed documentary that reveals how one of the world's most revolutionary landscape designers upends our conventional notions of nature, public space and beauty, will be screened in Nano Nagle Place, Cork, next Saturday, June 29, 2pm-5pm, admission free (www.eventbrite.ie)

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Pop-up gardens show off the best of the Ancient East

As pop-up gardens give us a taste of stunning arrays of plant life, Peter Dowdall shares his pick of the bunch of Irish gardens you should visit this summer

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Follow the garden trail to West Cork's Drishane House

Setting off from Drishane House, Peter Dowdall explores West Cork’s very own Gardens of Eden.

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Want to make the most of an urban garden space? Here are seven ideas

From hiding eyesores to compost choice, TV’s Adam Frost shares his secrets with Hannah Stephenson.

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Baptisia an eye-catcher at Bloom

The herbaceous perennial was in a different guise at Bloom, where it caught the eye of Peter Dowdall.

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A second bite at the cherry: Your guide to a valuable fruit

As a child, Fiann Ó Nualláin channelled his inner Indiana Jones in pursuit of this jewel-like fruit.

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Lethal weapons that are pick of the bunch

Plants can be deadly as well as beautiful. Fiann Ó Nualláin has advice on growing your own pesticides

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Build a relationship with nature: Sow a love for gardening

The Bloom garden festival, which opened in Dublin’s Phoenix Park yesterday, celebrates just one of the positive ways in which we interact with the natural world.

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Gardening strikes a chord with all ages to swap screens for the outdoors

Can a fun outdoor space tempt young people away from their screens? Eve Kelliher reports.

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Underwater garden sees green wave wash over Bloom

The green wave has washed over Bloom with the first ever underwater garden exposing the threat of plastic in our seas.

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So is this the garden of the future? Eve Kelliher visits Les Jardins d'Etretat in France

Eve Kelliher makes the French connection by visiting a unique outdoor sculpture exhibition in Normandy.

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These are our favourite winning gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show

The world’s most famous flower show always provides plenty of #gardeninspo.

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Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in London

The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual flagship event, the Chelsea Flower Show kicked off on Tuesday morning. Widely regarded as the top flower and garden show in the world a medal at this festival which runs this week at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea can send a career to that of a superstar in the Horticultural world.

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Innovative, eco-friendly and smart: Check out the gardening products of the year

From eco-friendly home composters to super quick pizza ovens and inventive garden lighting, we look at 7 garden products of the year.

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How to make the most of your visit to a summer garden show

Summer is show time for gardeners. Top designer Paul Hervey-Brookes tells Hannah Stephenson how best to prepare.

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Why hay fever remedies are not to be sneezed at

May, June and July are peak pollen months and Fiann Ó Nualláin has some timely advice

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Could green roofs offer a solution to urban environmental challenges?

Could green roofs offer a solution to the challenges urban environments face, asks Peter Dowdal

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Peter Dowdall previews the Rare and Special Plant Fair at Glin Castle

For gardeners, visiting a plant fair is like being a child in a sweetshop, says Peter Dowdall.

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Gardening dates for your diary

Glenville Flower & Garden Club will host Adam Whitbourn, head gardener in Blarney Castle, on Tuesday, April 30, in Kades Kounty at 8.30pm.

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Don’t let the grass grow under your feet: Lawnmowers that make the cut

Kya deLongchamps enjoys some new detailing in pressure washers and reveals what makes the cut for her in cordless grass control.

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Get the buzz on helping bees and other pollinators

Helping bees and other pollinators is easy and will make your garden more beautiful, says Peter Dowdall

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Fota House Plant & Garden Fair offers botanical treasure hunt

Fota’s plant fair is one of the highlights of the gardening calendar, according to Peter Dowdall.

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Brexit spikes growth in demand for comfort plants

According to reports, Brexit woes have led to a bloom in 'comfort plants'. In these times of uncertainty gardeners are seeking familiarity. Hannah Stephenson reports on the current bloom in comfort plants.

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Vintage View: Go softly on greened-up garden statues

Natural stone and concrete (reconstituted stone) garden statuary can come out of winter looking either totally charming or completely shook.

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A call to arms against invaders lurking in your garden

Inspired by the Roman god of war, Fiann Ó Nualláin is determined to do battle against pests.

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Spring has sprung: Use the new season turn your garden into an environmentally sound patch

The new season offers the chance to make our gardens more environmentally sound, says Peter Dowdall

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8 things gardeners can do to help alleviate the insect crisis

As research suggests insects are in dramatic decline, Buglife offers some simple ways we can all do our bit. By Hannah Stephenson.

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Sky's the limit with Peter Dowdall

Observing the colourful winter garden is an uplifting experience, says Peter Dowdal.

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3 pests and diseases that could threaten your potato crop – and how to stop them

Hannah Stephenson looks at three common problems which can devastate your crops.

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A rose by any other name...: Remembering rose breeder David Austin

The name David Austin is synonymous with roses in the 20th century and beyond. He died peacefully at his home in December, and is fondly recalled by Peter Dowdall.

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5 ways gardeners can help with the war on plastic

From reusing pots to getting creative, there’s lots green-fingered types can do to help cut plastic waste, writes Hannah Stephenson.

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Divide and conquer in the garden with Peter Dowdall

Knowing when to divide herbaceous plants can be key to a lovely garden, says Peter Dowdall.

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Campaigners holding 'plant-in' to save community garden in Dublin city

Members of the public will plant spring bulbs at Weaver Square Community Garden and Allotments in Dublin 8 as a "gesture of hope that the garden will be allowed to continue".

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How to extend flowering season in your garden by staggering bulb planting

Planting bulbs at different times will extend the flowering season in your garden, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Beat those cravings: A timely eye on the gardener’s waistline

Our bodies crave carbs during the dark winter months — but some herbs and teas can help fight the pangs and get you fit for gardening again, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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Feathered friends opt for same-sex nests

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, has reached the age of 68. According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the world’s oldest known bird arrived back at her breeding colony on Midway Atoll in November. She had laid an egg by December 3rd. This season’s chick may be her 37th.

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Perhaps we’re bird-brained for giving this heron such care

Are we mentally deficient, my wife and I, or are we apprentice angels who, when we pop off, will grow heron-wings and soar skyward to a heron heaven where our human transgressions will be overlooked because the feathered divinity thinks we’re birds?

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Time of the year to branch out

Letting Christmas trees go to pot offers wide-ranging and long-lasting festive options, says Peter Dowdall.

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Grit yourself for winter: Rooting your plants during wet, freezing conditions

Peter Dowdall offers suggestions on how you can root for your plants during wet, freezing conditions.

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Lifting the gloom with these ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses can bring great winter colour and interest to the garden, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Fed up with urban smog? 5 pollution-resistant plants to help you breathe

As the government pledges the funding of millions of trees in cities to ease pollution, an expert offers a guide to 5 smog-resistant plants.

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Reasons to embrace bareroot season

November can be the perfect month to tackle planting or moving shrubs and trees, writes FiannÓ Nualláin.

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Give it a céad míle fuchsia in the garden

Peter Dowdall says now is as good a time as any to lay a hedge which plays a vital role in our environment.

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Seasonal rose hips are a great natural source of vitamin C

Fiann Ó Nualláin says he likes to pick his rose hips now as they often go into decline once the first cold snap of the year hits them

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A ladybird in the hand... The value of our scarlet friends

The ladybird does much more than toxic pesticides you might be thinking of using, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Top designers' advice on garden colour to blow the blues away

Want your outdoor space to shine through autumn? Hannah Stephenson asks designers to share some tricks of the trade.

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7 design hacks to enhance your garden as the nights draw in

Want your outdoor space to shine through autumn? Hannah Stephenson asks designers to share some tricks of the trade.

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Garden expert Matthew Biggs offers 5 tips to make the most of your greenhouse this autumn

As the weather gets cooler, Matthew Biggs offers 5 tips on what to do in the greenhouse to ensure you’re ready for winter.

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Creating the right environment for your garden birds

Looking after the domestic and migratory birds in your garden is a fascinating and pleasing pastime, but it can also play a significant impact in the preservation of endangered bird species, writes Kya deLongchamps.

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Celebrating the wonderful wealth of community food

Fiann Ó Nualláin says next weekend’s Cork Food Harvest Festival will be a mouthwatering one.

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Look for a silver lining in the garden

Peter Dowdall looks at the Silver Bush and other plants suitable for the winter garden.

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5 trees ideal for small outdoor spaces

As gardens become smaller, trim trees can be just the ticket, says Hannah Stephenson.

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When will your veg be ready? Follow our guide to harvesting

How do first-time vegetable growers know when their autumn produce is ready? Hannah Stephenson offers this guide to four of our favourites.

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