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The charms of the winter garden are considerable. It is a time of quiet, of rest, of pause, a time of subtle beauty. There are some plants that flower in winter, some with berries or seed-heads, others evergreen or with beautifully coloured bark. It is also a time of preparation, as mid-winter is reached during this month. We have lots of ideas and suggestions for what to do in your garden this month in GARDEN CARE and KNOW-HOW.
Flowers are part of the festive spirit and Carole Bone has created some splendid Christmas floral arrangements. In PLANT PROFILE, Ciaran Burke writes about myrtle, much revered by the ancient civilisations of the Mediterranean, and its relatives from the Southern Hemisphere. In GARDEN HISTORY,
Charles Nelson tells a gardening story that begins in Bray, Co. Wicklow. In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan visited Glenview, David and Mary Tanner's garden near Bandon, Co. Cork. In DESIGN DESK, Shane O'Neill suggests a design solution for a large garden with a lot of grass and a lack of definition of the space available.
In NOTEBOOKS Brian Cross and Lorna MacMahon recount practical experience from their own garden. Dick Warner reports on feeding birds in winter as more research is carried out. In GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Anne Grover won €300 worth of plants at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork.
In STYLE ESSENTIALS, Lindie Naughton has compiled a range of garden items and accessories that might make useful presents.
Danny Vis and Mícheál McKernan of KC Peaches, Dublin, offer recipes for Homemade Chicken Liver Pâté with Cumberland Sauce and Roast Duck Two Ways with Amareno Cherry Sauce and Braised Fennel and Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting and good-value wines for the season.
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04 Ornamental garden - trees, shrubs and flowers
10 Kitchen garden - growing fruit, vegetables and herbs
14 Greenhouse, protected and indoor plants
PLANTS AND GARDENS
16 GARDEN VISIT: Glenview, David and Mary Tanner's garden near Bandon, Co. Cork is testimony to the Tanners' avid passion for gardening. This is a large garden with an impressive array of plants as Shirley Lanigan discovered when she visited recently.
22 PLANT PROFILE: Myrtle merit
Revered in the ancient world for its evergreen aromatic foliage and fragrant flowers, myrtle and its close relatives still weave their special magic. Ciaran Burke outlines the merits of this storied plant.
28 Christmas flower arranging
Carol Bone has created three festive arrangements: Rustic Arrangement for Christmas, Clashing Colours
- a ring to decorate a door and White Christmas.
64 PEOPLE: Tree champion!
From childhood, Aubrey Fennell recorded plants and wildlife, and measured trees, so it was natural for him to go on to record trees professionally, as he told Fionnuala Fallon. Richard Johnston took the photographs.
GARDEN DESIGN and KNOW-HOW
32 DESIGN DESK: Shane O'Neill suggests a design solution for a large garden with a lot of grass and a lack of definition of the space available.
38 KNOW-HOW: feedback from our readers
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Expert advice and ideas for your garden
43 Shirley Lanigan visits the 'garden cemetery'.
45 Rachel Darlington is not mellow about yellow.
46 GARDEN HISTORY: Charles Nelson tells the story of an accomplished 19th century gardener who honed his skills in a windy garden at Bray, Co. Wicklow.
49 NATURE: Dick Warner reports on recent research about feeding garden birds.
50 NOTEBOOK: South Brian Cross
Brewer's spruce, winter protection, Magnolia sieboldii, cleaning glass
51 NOTEBOOK: West Lorna MacMahon
Important evergreens, seed distributions, deep orange double Welsh poppy
72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.
52 STYLE ESSENTIALS: Lindie Naughton has compiled a selection of garden accessories for seasonal gifts.
58 COOKING Danny Vis and Mícheál McKernan of KC Peaches, Dublin, offer recipes for Homemade Chicken Liver Pâté with Cumberland Sauce and Roast Duck Two Ways with Amareno Cherry Sauce and Braised Fennel, and Caroline Byrne suggests some interesting wines for the season.
60 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE: Anne Grover won €300 worth of plants at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, Co. Cork.
67 Christmas books feature, Mary Davies chooses seasonal reading.
69 UPDATE - events and news.
70 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
71 GARDEN CLUB NOTES - what's on around the country in December.