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March of many weathers!
March of many weathers!
St Patrick's Day weather - splashes of spring sunshine followed by gusty showers - March is like that, but there is almost always a fine spell during the month when the garden responds with vibrant growth, and the trick is to be ready for that acceleration it happens. We have lots of tips, ideas and suggestions for the new growing season in WHAT TO DO NOW and in KNOW-HOW, over 20 pages.
For a couple decades, shrubs have not been on-trend in garden design, but their decorative value is too great to ignore for long and Gerry Daly looks at re-inventing shrubs. Spring is great time for tiny alpine plants and, in PLANT PROFILE, Billy Moore describes of his favourites among the charming cyclamen. In GARDEN HISTORY, Mary Davies reviews the story of the notable Victorian garden at Glenart, near Arklow, Co. Wicklow.
In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Marie and Frank McCann's wild woodland and flower garden in hilly country near Manor Kilbride, County Wicklow. In DESIGN DESK, Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill proposes three different solutions for a small front garden.
In NOTEBOOKS South and East, Brian Cross and Carmel Duignan share practical experiences with plants in their own garden. Dick Warner recounts the life cycle of earwigs and their role in the wildlife garden. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Ann King won €300 worth of plants at Newlands Garden Centre, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. In PEOPLE, Fionnuala Fallon met Paddy King, whose firm offers tree surgery services.
The Irish Garden is delighted to welcome Helen Dillon who will write a regular article on her favourite plants, and Carmel Duignan who is our new contributor of a NOTEBOOK: East. Also we have new strand of Garden advice with Gerry Daly visiting a reader's garden to make suggestions for upgrading. 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.
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