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Into Altamont, one of Ireland’s great garden treasures.

Altamont is one of Ireland's loveliest gardens, largely due to the work of Corona North who continued the work of improving the garden started by her father. Before we stepped foot in the main garden,...

Two lovely gardens are Ireland’s dynamic duo

Killruddery, a large estate outside of Dublin, has been in the Brabazon family for the past 400 years. We arrived early Sunday morning and immediately headed to the border with the superb stand of echium. There...

In Dublin fair city where the gardens are so pretty

Dublin is not a huge city. It takes no time at all to walk from St. Stephen's Green to Grafton Street to the River Liffey and O'Connell Street and into the Temple Bar area. Trinity...

Goodbye Wales, hello Ireland: Back to delightful Dublin

People ask me how does it feel to do back-to-back tours when you end up going to the same places twice and seeing the same things once more time. My response is always the same:...

Ode to Gelert and Powis revisited

From Llandudno, we again headed down to the village of Beddgelert to visit the grave of the dog, Gelert, who lost his life defending the children of Prince Llewellyn against a huge wolf. When I...

Second Wales-Ireland tour begins in brilliant sunshine

After the Chelsea Flower Show, which was magnificent and so much fun, we headed back to Manchester to meet our new group to start the second garden tour of the Lake District and North...

Fewer feature gardens but Chelsea Flower Show still fabulous

It is always a joy to attend the Chelsea Flower Show. This year's show was no exception. It was a delight in every way with stunning display gardens and immaculate plant exhibits and a...

Top new plants and flower displays at Chelsea Flower Show

It's always tricky to decide what are the key plants at the Chelsea Flower Show because there are literally thousands on display. But it did appear that purple and blue were favoured for flower and...

Quirky, whimsical and imaginative touches at the Chelsea Flower Show

There are dozens of quirky, whimsical, imaginative items on display at the Chelsea Flower Show. The pity is that you can't buy some of it and get it home, although some retailers do ship. But...

Last day in Dublin: Book of Kells, Guinness and literary pubs

Our last days in Dublin were spent making a few important visits - one to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College, another to tour the Guinness factory and a few key sights...

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