Archive for the Gardening Category

A Valentine’s Day guide to roses

By Geneva Pattison The history of giving flowers as gifts in Western culture dates back to the 17th century, when King Charles II of Sweden first discovered the language of flowers during a trip to Persia. Different flowers convey different […]

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Gardening for physical and mental health

By Geneva Pattison As the days grow cold and dark, it’s more important than ever to allot specific time to taking care of your mental health. Just as the medical practitioners of the past prescribed “sea air” to assist recovery […]

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Autumnal preparations in the garden

BY Susan O’Brien In local parks and along our neighbourhood streets, the green leaf tones of summer are slowly giving way to lime tree yellows and orange tones of the chestnut. All around, there is a sense of a rising […]

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Reaping what you sow: Harvest edition

BY Geneva Pattison Autumn is a peaceful affair. We’re winding down from a jam-packed Summer and have a break before the Winter festivities and exciting Christmas rush. Autumn could be considered the gardener’s Christmas with the amount of gifts it […]

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A 21st Century Treescape

By Susan O’Brien While walking along the neighbourhood streets in recent sunny days, I found myself actively seeking out the tree-lined side of the road. In an endeavour to keep cool my route was notably influenced by the welcome cooling […]

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Slugs and snails begone! DIY repellents

By Geneva Pattison As the sad but inevitable end of the Summer approaches, so will the dreary weather. Snails and slugs can wreak havoc on even the most acutely tended-to gardens during rainy periods and it can feel impossible to […]

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No Garden? No Problem Let’s talk about hydroponics

By Geneva Pattison Urban landscapes often present the issue of having little space for growing at home. With less city houses with gardens being built and apartment complex living on the rise, we have to think outside the box. In […]

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Bloom 2019: A Blooming Good Time

By Geneva Pattison Bloom 2019 festival took place in the tranquil Phoenix park. Newsfour met with two floral arrangement exhibitors, Dublin 4 native Lorraine O’Brien and Brenda Joyce of the Doddervale flower club. Lorraine’s strikingly beautiful creation was awarded silver […]

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The Urban Plot

Susan O’Brien Brady Bio: Susan O’ Brien Dip. (Hort) Kew. Originally from a farming background I have lived permanently in the city for the past fifteen years, including three in London to complete the Diploma at RBGKew. “I can fully […]

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An Overend Oasis: The Airfield Estate

By Geneva Pattison Fifteen minutes from town on the Luas Green line to Balally, will bring you to Airfield Estate. It’s a wonderful feast for the senses for people of every age, with a total of 38 acres to explore. […]

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