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Bloom in the Park 2017

Bloom in the Park is Ireland's largest gardening and horticultural event. It takes place in Phoenix Park in Dublin each year and over 100,000 people attend. Here we've picked out a few of this year's highlights. 

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Bloom in the Park 2017

Bloom in the Park is Ireland's largest gardening and horticultural event. It takes place in Phoenix Park in Dublin each year and over 100,000 people attend. Here we've picked out a few of this year's highlights. 

Bloom in the Park runs from 1-5 June and is Ireland's largest gardening and horticulture festival. Set in the picturesque Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe, the event attracts over 100,000 visitors each year from all over the world.

Twenty-two show gardens entered the festival this year exploring a range of social and cultural issues across Ireland. The gardens are split into four categories; large, medium, small and postcard and gardens in each category compete for the coveted Best in Category Award.

How to maintain a wild rose garden

Writer Katherine Swift has made her mark on the Dower House garden at Morville Hall with a collection of wild roses. Here she gives tips on how to maintain a wild rose garden.

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Morville Hall wild roses c. Jason Ingram

Writer Katherine Swift has made her mark on the Dower House garden at Morville Hall with a collection of wild roses. Here she gives tips on how to maintain a wild rose garden.

(Above) Rosa 'Splendent', grown on ropes and poles, forms myrrh-scented hedging at the back of the Victorian Rose Border at Morville Hall

 

Gardens Illustrated Chelsea Flower Show stand planter

Our stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show gained a 3-star award, thanks in part to the beautiful planter provided by nursery Hortus Loci. Find out more about the gorgeous plants that made up the mix.

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Hortus Loci planter

Our stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show gained a 3-star award, thanks in part to the beautiful planter provided by nursery Hortus Loci. Find out more about the gorgeous plants that made up the mix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to create stylish summer container displays

Head gardener Thomas Unterdorfer shows how to create a stunning container display with a gently wild style for early summer.

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How to create stylish summer displays

Head gardener Thomas Unterdorfer shows how to create a stunning container display with a gently wild style for early summer.

May is the time for planting up summer displays. Most of the plants in the garden at Rockcliffe, where I am head gardener, are grown from cuttings from the previous season, but a few are bought or traded in. The display on the terrace is kept very cool and calm to work with the surrounding green and grey planting and with the box, osmanthus and yew topiary.

Ten facts you probably didn't know about poppies

The poppy is an unassuming but widely recognised flower and it has a fascinating history. Here are ten interesting facts about poppies. 

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Facts you probably didn't know about poppies

The poppy is an unassuming but widely recognised flower and it has a fascinating history. Here are ten interesting facts about poppies. 

The best places to visit to see bluebells

Wandering through woodland among a sea of bluebells swathed in dappled light is a magical experience. Now is the time to get out and see these wonderful British flowers for yourself, so take a look through our suggestions for the best places to visit to see bluebells.  

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Places to visit to see bluebells. Photo Getty Images

Wandering through woodland among a sea of bluebells swathed in dappled light is a magical experience. Now is the time to get out and see these wonderful British flowers for yourself, so take a look through our suggestions for the best places to visit to see bluebells.  

20% off Chiltern Seeds

Make the most of this offer and get seed sowing now for fantastic and fruitful summer displays. Valid until 31 May 2017.

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Chiltern Seeds Papaver rhoeas 'Pandora'

Make the most of this offer and get seed sowing now for fantastic and fruitful summer displays. Valid until 31 May 2017.

If you loved our profile of poppies in the May Gardens Illustrated (issue 247), you'll be keen to make the most of Chiltern Seeds' 20% discount reader offer.

Chiltern Seeds offers a good selection of poppy seeds from annuals to perennials alongside a full range of flower and vegetable seeds.

Alys Fowler’s garden tasks for April

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Alys Fowler lists some of the essential tasks to do in the garden this month to ensure that you are prepared as possible. 

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Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' by Rachel Warne

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Alys Fowler lists some of the essential tasks to do in the garden this month to ensure that you are prepared as possible. 

April makes its own rules and can dictate play for the rest of the year. Some years it can be so warm you can put your shorts on and plant out tomatoes before the month is out. Other years it's mainly wet and grey. Whatever the state of play there is plenty to be pricked out, potted up and moved around.

The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

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The best supports for climbing plants

 Don't forget to give your plants the support they need to flourish in the garden. Here are nine of the best designs for climbing plants. 

Support your climbing plants this season with one of these nine designs

 

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Gothic Arch,
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Rhubarb ketchup

Gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for rhubarb ketchup

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Rhubarb ketchup recipe

Gardener-cook Jojo Tulloh shares her recipe for rhubarb ketchup

If you have more rhubarb than you know what to do with, think beyond puddings. Rhubarb is a versatile ingredient that makes good pickles, cordials, ketchups and chutneys.

 

Rhubarb ketchup

 

A tangy, sour and spicy ketchup that is very good with a bacon sandwich.

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