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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...

From Waterford to the glorious garden of Mount Usher

Waterford, which is said to be Ireland’s oldest town, dating back to the time when it was a Viking settlement, was a delight. We toured the famous crystal factory and saw some amazing crystal pieces....

A plantman’s paradise and Ireland’s jewel garden

On our way to Waterford, we stopped at one of the cutting-edge new plant gardens in Ireland, Hunting Brook, owned by Jimi Blake, one of horticulture’s new generation of plant cognoscenti. Jimi met us at...

Departing Dublin: Gardens of Killruddery and Powerscourt

On our last day in Dublin before we head into southern Ireland, we went out to see the gardens at Killruddery and Powerscourt. We will be returning to Dublin before we head off to...

Into two beautiful, old, magical Dublin gardens

Great gardens are not just beautiful but have other special qualities, such as the ability to relax and heal and rejuvenate. Others have the ability to transport you to another place and time and...

Tale of two beautiful Dublin gardens

We came to Ireland to see gardens and to experience Irish hospitality and culture. And today we did all of these things when we visited two of Dublin’s loveliest private gardens, one owned by...

Goodbye Wales, hello Ireland

From Portmeirion, we travelled across the Llyn peninsula to Caernarfon to see the castle and wander the town. But first, we popped into what is one of the meccas for lovers of rare and unusual...

Into fantastic Powis Castle garden

Today, we travelled from Portmeirion to the town of Welshpool on the Wales-England border to visit the famous garden of the 13th century, Powis Castle. Powis is not a castle like others we have seen...

From Llandudno to Portmeirion

After visiting Bodnant Garden, we travelled to the seaside town of Llandudno and checked in to one of the stately, old-world Victorian-style hotel on the promenade. I had been here with my father when...

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