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March 2017


What-to-do-now: March


Trees, shrubs and flowers with Peter Whyte, Frances MacDonald and Mary Keenan

Catlin's Giant ajuga . Little Flames . Pretty Porlock!

Silver Swan . Check tree ties . Topiary poultry!

Tree Week . Pruning for colourful bark . Daffodil Tête-à-Tête


Fruit, vegetables and herbs with Klaus Laitenberger, Tanguy de Toulgöet and Nicky Kyle

‘Stonehead' cabbage . Growing broad beans . Jerusalem artichoke

Radishes in a seed tray . Vertical worm bin . Batavian lettuce

Apple ‘Red Devil' . Sorrel ‘De Belleville' . ‘Bonica' aubergine


Greenhouse, protected growing, and indoor plants with Rachel Darlington

Freesias in flower . Sowing China asters . Superb heron's bill




GARDEN VISIT: Wicklow rural idyll

Ann and Richard Coe's garden in West Wicklow has been forty years in the making and it has been a challenge to create what is now a rural idyll, as Shirley Lanigan discovered when she visited recently.



PLANT PROFILE: Drakensberg darling!

A true alpine plant, rhodohypoxis is one of the most arrestingly beautiful with its sparkling flowers of distinctive shape. Billy Moore relates his experience as he profiles this lovey flower.



FEATURE: Summertime bulbs


Everybody loves spring bulbs but what about summer bulbs? Planted now, they can bring to summer and early autumn lots of colour and rich seasonality. Gerry Daly lists the various kinds and how they are started off.




DESIGN DESK: Gabriele Sanio takes an overview of a large rural garden to link together its numerous existing elements!

KNOW-HOW: feedback from our readers

Ask a question about a gardening problem

Pass on a useful tip to other readers,

or tell us about your garden or plant success story ... and win a prize!

Expert advice, seasonal plants and fresh ideas for your garden

Shirley Lanigan is a guest of the Donegal Garden Society.

Helen Dillon discovers the ways of a special plant





FAVOURITE PLANT: Broadcaster Andrea Hayes

WILDLIFE GARDENING: Dick Warner recounts the activities of the tiny treecreeper!

PLANT HISTORY: Charles Nelson tells the story of Dublin's gastronomic plant shows.


Getting ahead, white-bark birch, paperbark maple and Lenten rose


Primrose yellow, winter hazel, ‘Bagshot Sands' and stachyurus A+

WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.





PAVING FEATURE: A paved area facilitates more regular use of the garden for outdoor living and entertaining, and there is a wide range of materials for garden paving and walling to choose from.

COMMUNITY GARDEN: Fionnuala Fallon visited the very impressive ACRE community garden in County Kildare.

NEWS: news, events, new products and accessories for home and garden.

GARDEN CLUB NOTES - what's on around the country in March.

COOKING: Chef Barry Liscombe of Hartes of Kildare suggests recipes for Goat's Cheese with Pickled Red Cabbage, Apple Gel & Candied Beets and Sweet Potato & Yoghurt Curry with Chickpeas, and Caroline Byrne selects wines.

GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Mary Garde won €300 to spend on plants at Ballyseedy Home & Garden, Fota, Co. Cork.




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