Month: November 2017

Writing your Christmas List?

Why not treat yourself, or get a head start on the Christmas rush?

A subscription to The Irish Garden magazine makes a perfect Christmas gift.

Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Why not make gift buying hassle-free this year and buy a magazine subscription for your friends and relatives? It’s the simple choice that keeps on giving all year round. Each issue will be delivered directly to their door and enjoyed month after month.

A subscription to The Irish Garden, Ireland’s favourite gardening magazine, is the perfect way to indulge the gardener in your life. Plus, the price includes an exclusive free gift, an Irish Garden ink ballpoint pen, which you can choose to send to the lucky recipient (or keep yourself!).

The Snowdrop Gala 2018 takes place at Ballykealey Manor Hotel Near Altamont, Ballon, Co. Carlow, on Saturday, 3 February 2018.

Speakers include renowned galanthophiles Graham Gough and Jim Almond.

Contact: Hester Forde 086 865 4972

Email: or Robert Miller at

Woodville Walled Garden 2018 Calendar has photographs of the garden throughout each season of the year, packed with garden advice and tips for each month. Available from garden centres and florists in the west of Ireland.


Price €8 including postage throughout Ireland

Tel: Margarita 087-9069191

Four members of Botanic Network Ireland,  Bruno Nicolai, Rory Newell, Paul Smyth and Adam Whitbourn, have recently returned from a 3-week plant hunting trip to Northern Vietnam.

Working with staff from the Vietnamese Institute of Biological and Ecological Resources (IEBR), they explored areas close to the Chinese border.

Seed and pressed specimens were collected, the latter for the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

The main sponsor was Blarney Castle Gardens, and there are plans for a Vietnamese woodland in the grounds of the castle.

Suitable for smaller plant pots, Hozelock’s handmade AquaDeco globes are an innovative and decorative way to water plant pots. 

With 200ml capacity, the water is released according to the plant’s needs and can last from a few days up to two weeks creating a worry-free oasis and time for your summer or winter get away!

Lucy Kennedy has opened Grassland for Sanctuary Synthetics, the makers of artificial grass products for domestic and commercial clients at new interactive showrooms in Naas, Co Kildare. 

The new outlet replicates pieces from its Bloom Show winning gardens: the Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and the Secret Lives of Pets alongside many smaller interactive pieces.

 Just flick a switch and begin blowing leaves into a neat pile for collection. No starter rope to pull, no two-stroke fuel to fill and store and no emissions with the ECHO DPB-600 power blower which is part of ECHO’s 50V Lithium Ion battery series. “This is petrol performance from a battery product.” 

Sluggo Ultra

A new addition to the Sluggo range from Neudorff, Sluggo Ultra uses twice the amount of the  natural active ingredient, iron-III-phosphate and is therefore twice as powerful, plus the pellets are much smaller than regular slug pellets making them much easier for juvenile slugs to tackle at the start of the season.

Autumn beauty!
Shorter days and first frosts trigger plants to shut down for winter, but the shutting-down is spectacular. The vital green chlorophyll is dismantled and stored, withdrawn from the leaves, and allows the yellow, red and purple pigments to show. There are plants that go against the general trend and flower in autumn: nerines, asters and chrysanthemums, offering a counterpoint of freshness. We have all the reminders and suggestions for your garden in WHAT-TO-DO-NOW and KNOW-HOW!

Autumn is the start of the traditional planting season and Gerry Daly reviews small garden trees to plant now. Asters, because of their starry daisy-type flowers and their wonderfully rich colours, are the perfect complement to the autumnal shades of trees and shrubs, and Ciaran Burke outlines the remarkable range of these plants in PLANT PROFILE.

In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited an unusual cottage-style garden in County Sligo which started as a weekend garden, and literally grew. In GARDEN HISTORY, Patricia Butler describes a pioneering Victorian garden at Old Conna Hill, Bray, Co. Dublin

In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O’Neill create an interesting design for a challenging site with a cross-slope and steep earthen banks. In NOTEBOOKS South and East, Hester Forde and Carmel Duignan relate their experience of plants in their own gardens. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Martina Dempsey won €300 worth of plants for her family garden at Springmount Garden Centre, Gorey, Co. Wexford. In COMMUNITY GARDEN, Fionnuala Fallon visited the Birr Community Growery, Birr, Co. Offaly.

In our NEWS pages, we keep you up-to-date with news, events and new products and accessories for the conservatory and garden with Lindie Naughton. And please remember to support local suppliers of products and services who advertise in The Irish Garden magazine.


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