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What to do now WINTER


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

Golden egg-shape . Limbing up for planting underneath . Rubella skimmia

Charity brightens winter days . Building a fernery . Give pyracantha a chance!

Golden Japanese holly . Rough feather grass . French White laurustinus


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

Turkish rocket . The Brittany paradox . Josephine de Malines pear

Ashmead's Kernel apple . Growing micro-greens . Cut-and-come-again celery!

Breeding  your own potatoes! . Radicchio chicory . Buckler leaf sorrel


14 Greenhouse, protected growing, and indoor plants with Rachel Darlington

Growing an air plant . Golden rat-tail cactus . Making a fairy door



18 GARDEN VISIT: Northern delights!

With a great surge of interest in sub-tropical plants, Conrad McCormick's Antrim garden shows that a wide choice of interesting exotic plants can be grown successfully in mild areas near the coast. Rae McIntyre visited Conrad's garden and was greatly impressed.



22 PLANT PROFILE: Ivy's exotic cousins!

As the vogue for tropical garden effects continues, the aralia family is rapidly growing in popularity. Often known as the ivy family because ivy is its more common native member, the aralia family produces spectacular large and dramatic leaves. The family resemblance is always present, most convincingly at flowering. Carmel grows many aralia family plants and surveys the scope of these fine plants.



28 SPECIAL FEATURE: Floral art for Christmas!

Christine Hughes designs three inspirational flower arrangements for the festive season: a door ring, a side-table arrangement and a dining-table centrepiece.




34 DESIGN DESK: Gabriele Sanio devises a design solution for a house set on rising ground and visible to public view on three sides.

38 KNOW-HOW: feedback from our readers

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Expert advice, seasonal plants and fresh ideas for your garden.


41 Shirley Lanigan was delighted to see some flower borders.

43 Helen Dillon writes about indigofera - her favourite shrub.



44 GARDEN HISTORY: Shirley Lanigan tells the story of Rothe House Garden, Kilkenny, its historical background and its modern recreation.


OVERLEAF: Mary Davies reviews new books for Christmas.


()) NOTEBOOK WEST Lorna MacMahon

Tree ferns, non-stop rain, hostas and Irish varieties of rodgersia.


(()) NOTEBOOK NORTH Rae McIntyre

Christmas flower count, golden-leaved conifers and furry magnolia buds.


FAVOURITE PLANT: Songwriter and author Brendan Graham.


72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.



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

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

COMMUNITY GARDEN:  Fionnuala Fallon visited Tearmann Community Garden.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE: Katie Chapple won €300 worth of plants for her Thurles garden at Clonmel Garden Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.



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