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What-to-do-now: Early spring


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

String of pearls! . Bergenia Overture . Variegated laurustinus

Tibetan beauty . Twine at the ready! . Potting up snowdrops

Spring cyclamen . Sweet violets . Sophora ‘Sun King'


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

Aubergine Tsakorian . Growing herb fennel . New tomato ‘Iris'

Atomic star fish chilli . Monarda bergamot . Plant a damson

Tomato Black From Tula . Vegetable mallow . Concorde pear


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

Propagating epiphyllum . African hemp . Vietnamese giant begonia!




16 GARDEN VISIT: Facing the wild Atlantic!

Martin and Carmel McLaughlin's garden ‘Cille' is perched on a hill looking out over the Atlantic Ocean near Killybegs, Co. Donegal. The steep slope was cut into several terraces to create level areas with access paths at either end. Shirley Lanigan knows the garden well and she visited again recently.



22 PLANT PROFILE: Cheeky monkey!

Monkey flowers bring a cheeky and sometimes exotic twist to a summer garden, says James Wickham, who takes a look at the mimulus family's popular, and less well-known, characters.



28 GREENHOUSE FEATURE: Buy a greenhouse!

If you have not had a greenhouse before, you will be amazed when you grow plants in one for the first time. It opens up a range of possibilities like nothing else can, and Gerry Daly reviews the many key aspects to consider before you make a purchase.




32 DESIGN DESK: Gabriele Sanio develops a very interesting and unusual design for a very exposed seaside garden in Co. Kerry.


38 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.

41 Shirley Lanigan spots a strategically planted ivy.

43 Helen Dillon extols the merits of galega and yellow yarrow.




37 FAVOURITE PLANT: Adventurer Mike O'Shea


54 PLANT HISTORY: The first cordylines in Irish gardens

Charles Nelson recounts the tangled history of ti in Ireland.



North Korean magnolia, ‘Filifera Aurea' and ‘Golden Spreader'.


NOTEBOOK EAST Carmel Duignan

Arboretum, new shredder, correa and ‘Bantry Bay'.


72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.




44 COMMUNITY GARDEN: Midleton Community Garden is a little piece of heaven, as was Fionnuala Fallon found when she visited recently. Richard Johnston took the images.

OVERLEAF: Mary Davies reviews new books.

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

53 GARDEN CLUB NOTES - what's on around the country in January and February.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, David Gavin won €300 to spend on plants at Newlands Garden Centre, Clondalkin, Dublin.



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