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What-to-do-now: March

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

White-flowered quince . Fragrant michelia . Purple polygala
Mellow yellow daffodil . Monkey tail hornbeam . Time for new beginnings!

Amber Queen . Nodding fritillary flowers . Souvenir of Sissinghurst!


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

Apple ‘Rosette' . Growing mashua . Plant Jerusalem artichoke

Cajun Belle pepper . Nine Star perennial broccoli . Morelle de Balbis

Chinese February orchid . Saskatoon ‘Northline' . Staking a storm-rocked fruit tree


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

Elephant ear . South African seeds . Zebra haworthia




16 GARDEN VISIT: By the woodside...

On a frosty November day in l988, Eileen and Gerry Collins had their first glimpse of the site on which they were to make a garden. Through a low winter sun they saw a green field of over an acre in size, shaped like a triangle. It was tantalizing and daunting in equal measure. Carmel Duignan visited the garden thirty years on.


22 PLANT PROFILE: Lustrous lewisia

The genus Lewisia embraces some of the most flamboyant, and most beautiful, plants in the world of alpines. Billy Moore reviews the genus and outlines how to succeed with this, in some cases, challenging plant.


28 PAVING FEATURE: Buying new paving products!

A place to sit in comfort and enjoy your surroundings is a vital part of any garden large or small. If you have not got a paved area, or the existing has become tired and too limited, now is a great time to see the new materials that are available.


)) FEATURE: Try growing herbs this spring!

Herbs are a key part of modern cooking. The ones you pick fresh from the garden are unsurpassable for flavour, and cost nothing. Herb plants are mostly very easy to grow and many can used as decorative plants. Gerry Daly reviews the range of herbs to grow and lists 30 kinds.



32 DESIGN DESK: Gabriele Sanio and Shane O'Neill develop three different courtyard design proposals for a small urban back yard in Killarney, 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 sees a unicorn on the Naas road.

43 Helen Dillon muses on the merits of canna and banana.




37 FAVOURITE PLANT: Writer Jo Kerrigan


54 GARDEN HISTORY: Benvarden Garden, Co. Antrim.

Sara Jan tells the story of this important garden


() Notebook North Rae McIntyre

Early expectations, disappointments and successes

() NOTEBOOK West Lorna MacMahon

Winter's end, a fernery and a new garden of bamboos


72 WEEKENDER: In the country with Mary Davies.




44 PLANT PEOPLE: Precision and passion!

Bonsai, the art of growing trees in miniature in a special shallow pot, requires great concentration, patience, an artist's eye and dedication to their care as Fionnuala Fallon reports from her visit to bonsai master Andy Murray. Richard Johnston took the photographs.


() 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 March.

66 GARDEN CENTRE EXPERIENCE, Helen O'Connell won €300 to spend on plants for her garden at Windyridge Nursery and Garden Centre, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.



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