Cut Flowers

Cut Flowers  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  May 25, 2022 “Growing your own flowers for cutting is all about bringing the outside into your home, reconnecting with a sense of seasonality and nature. Flowers are food for the soul, and it’s time to rediscover the beauty of blooms grown in tune with the season.” Growing your own cut […]

What to sow, grow and do….Benjamin Pope

What to sow, grow and do.  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  June 9, 2022 What to sow, grow and do – A seasonal garden guide from Benjamin Pope. Benjamin Pope has worked in horticulture for over twenty years and is presently head gardener in a private estate in West Sussex where he cares for a large walled kitchen garden with extensive herbaceous borders and […]

Charles Frederick Ball

Charles Frederick Ball  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  May 20, 2022   A portrait of C.F. Ball from 1910 I have known of C.F. Ball for many years, through Wendy Walsh’s beautiful watercolour painting of the plant from the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, named for him, Escallonia rubra ‘C.F. Ball’, from inclusion in Dr. E. Charles Nelson’s A Heritage of Beauty, a […]

Gardening for Gorillas – a book from IGPS member, Stephen Butler

Gardening for Gorillas  Paddy Tobin  Book Review, General Interest  May 18, 2022 It is time for those of us who complain about our garden pests, slugs and snails, greenfly, blackfly and aphids in general, vine weevils, leatherjackets, rabbits, foxes and badgers, even pigeons and pheasants to put things into some perspective and a reading of Stephen Butler’s book, […]

Borde Hill

Borde Hill  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  May 13, 2022 Four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family have created one of the great gardens of England. The plant-collecting enthusiasm of the garden’s founder continued in following generations with wonderful design and modern planting ensuring the best of gardens, one full of the exceptionally good plants organised and displayed […]

Alderborough Nursery – A Review

Alderborough Nursery  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  May 6, 2022 This book is a wonderful testimony to the esteem in which we hold beautiful plants, gardening and horticulture here in Ireland. More especially, it recalls the central part one family nursery played in the life of an Irish community so that it became part of its social history, […]

The Crevice Garden – A Review

Gardening with a Curl!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  April 15, 2022 “I know a little girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead And when she was good, she was very very good but when she was bad, she was horrid!” So went the old rhyme and so it is with rock gardens- […]

Coastal Wildflowers – A Review

Coastal Wildflowers Paddy Tobin  Book Review  April 4, 2022 This book delivers far more than its title promises as a great number of the plants included have never felt the salty spray of the sea on their flowers or foliage. It might have been more accurate to say the book describes plants of coastal counties for the […]

Treepedia – A Review

Treepedia  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  December 1, 2021 This little volume is a collection of fact-filled snippets about trees and related topics – people and places, facts and figures, the odd and unusual, the fascinating and the amazing, nearly 100 entries covering all matters arboreal. Jane Maloof is founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network and […]

Ferns – Book Giveaway!

Ferns – Book Giveaway!  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  November 2, 2021 Ferns for a Cool Temperate Climate –by Martin Rickard Martin Rickard’s new book on ferns will be the one-stop volume for those with an interest in these very attractive garden plants and if your gardening interests are only now leaning towards ferns, you will find no better […]

The View from Federal Twist – A Review

The View from Federal Twist  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  September 29, 2021 This is the story of a gardener and a garden growing and developing together to create a modern American horticultural masterpiece. James Golden was approaching retirement when he purchased a property in western New Jersey, USA, because the house “suited its setting” and “had an intimate […]

The Jungle Garden – A Review

 Paddy Tobin  Book Review  September 7, 2021 Philip Oostenbrink writes of the jungle style of garden which has become very popular over recent years especially so with those who have relatively small garden space attached to an urban house for it creates an area of sanctuary, enclosure, privacy, of withdrawal and of transport to a setting which […]

Visit to Kilgar Gardens, Co. Meath. 14th August 2021

The intrepid gardeners in IGPS Leinster were not deterred by the rainy, dull weather from going to visit a very special garden in Co. Meath.   In fact, if anything, the dreary and disappointing weather increased their enjoyment, because the colours and beautiful contrasting shapes in the garden were all the more vibrant.  The extraordinary copper […]

Tom Stuart-Smith: Drawn from the Land – A Review.

Paddy Tobin  Book Review  June 4, 2021 Tom Stuart-Smith has deservedly earned recognition as one of the great British garden and landscape designers. His reimagining of the box parterre in the walled garden at Broughton Grange where the hedging was organised not in a traditional geometric layout but following the cell pattern of a leaf as viewed […]

Visit to Kilmacrew

Visit to Kilmacrew, Co Down – Report by Doreen Wilson Approaching Kilmacrew House along the narrow laneways threading through the drumlins of Co Down there are no clues as to what to expect – it is a truly secret garden. Hidden behind a thick, mature shelter belt of native trees lies a four acre ornamental garden […]

Secret Gardens of Somerset – A Review

Secret Gardens of Somerset  Paddy Tobin  Book Review  May 3, 2021 The gardening tourist could have no better companion if visiting Somerset than this wonderful book from Abigail Willis with photographs by Clive Boursnell. It will be the perfect guidebook, providing a comprehensive listing of the most desirable locations, each temptingly described and illustrated and in these days […]