March 30, 2021

April issue of The Irish Garden magazine

Welcome to a new issue of The Irish Garden!

The latest issue of The Irish Garden magazine goes on sale in newsagents nationwide from Thursday, 01 April 2021. Welcome back to you, our loyal readers, as we start into a new gardening season and welcome also to our new readers — long may gardening be an interest of yours. The arrival of Easter marks a turning point in the year, the beginning of new opportunities and a time for optimism. There’s an almost audible sense of growth and the garden is filled with new life and a sense of promise.

In the April issue, we have made some changes to the content, design and presentation of the magazine that we hope will make it more enjoyable to readers and attractive on the shop shelves. For new gardeners, we aim to develop your initial interest into a life-long pursuit, growing some of your own food and making your surroundings more amenable for time spent relaxing in your garden, still the safest place to be during the crisis. For our longstanding loyal readers, all your favourite articles and writers are still present, except stalwarts Helen Dillon, Rae McIntyre and Carl Wright, and some new contributors have started.

Inside this issue

  • April is an exciting month in the garden and we have a special colour splash right at the beginning of the magazine featuring early-season plants looking good at this time. We also offer plenty of ideas and advice for what you should be doing in the garden now.
  • In PLANT PROFILE, James Wickham describes a wisteria in full bloom as one of the greatest perfections of the plant kingdom and outlines some particularly beautiful species and cultivars. Even though our opportunities to travel are limited at present.
  • In GARDEN VISIT, Shirley Lanigan brings us on a journey to visit a new garden in south Tipperary that has achieved remarkable maturity in a short few years. Fionnuala Fallon gives us an insight into growing garden flowers for cutting.
  • In NOTEBOOKS, Carmel Duignan and Conrad McCormick relate some interesting observations about plants in their own gardens in the north and east.
  • In a special FEATURE, we mark the 30-year anniversary of The Irish Garden magazine with a review of some of the changes and trends in gardening in Ireland, particularly over the last ten years.
  • In addition to our established panel of experts sharing their seasonal tips and nuggets of gardening wisdom, this month’s magazine welcomes some new contributors from amongst Ireland’s most experienced gardeners and top gardening writers.


All the contributors and creative people who worked on this magazine hope that you enjoy reading the April issue in the 30th year of publication of The Irish Garden!

Good gardening!


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