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Peek Inside the Garden Heaven 2016 Annual

Get ready for Garden Heaven 2016 – the gorgeous new annual is on sale now! We were thrilled to scoop Annual of the Year at the Irish Magazine Awards in 2015, and we’re happy to report that this year’s issue is brighter and better than ever. Featuring exclusive garden tours and expert gardening advice from some of Ireland’s best gardening writers – Fionnuala Fallon, Jane Powers and Vandra Costello – it’s a beautifully curated ode to all things that grow. Read on for a sneak peek inside…

We open this issue of Garden Heaven with snowdrops, those sirens of spring that signal the end of dark days and herald new beginnings. On Inis Mór, lazy beds for growing potatoes are already (mostly) built, while in West Cork, Jane Powers feels a surge of happiness during a visit to Glebe Gardens, delighting in their strongly scented sweet pea.

Inis and Glebe

Left: Pádraic Uí Néide collects seaweed on Inis Mór for his ‘lazy beds’ (image: Richard Johnston). Right: Glebe Gardens (image: Jonathan Hession)

 Be inspired by the wild meadows of Lord and Lady Puttnam’s natural garden in West Cork, where Fionnuala Fallon finds a coaxing approach that favours working with nature, with dreamy results.

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Puttnam garden on the River Ilen. Image: Richard Johnston

Follow Vandra Costello’s case for black plants, with advice on using dark foliage and flowers to transform herbaceous borders and more.

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The “black tulip” Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

Next, venture inside the urban organic oasis that is Áras an Uachtaráin – Fionnuala Fallon brings you exclusive autumnal access to the President’s organic garden, and its unusual varieties of dahlias…

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Dahlias in bloom at Áras an Uachtaráin. Image: Richard Johnston

DIY flower-picking for brides and grooms is a wedding trend we welcome in this issue. From buttonholes to bouquets, floral experts, including  Ruth Monahan from Appassionata Flowers, give their advice on planning a personalised scheme.

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Anna Potter of florist Swallows & Damsons

Meanwhile in food, we’ve Lesley Tumulty‘s full-flavoured seaweed recipes for every occasion, tips for growing herbs indoors during winter, and we meet some key figures in the immersive farm-to-table movement, from Fergal Smith of Moy Hill Community Garden in West Clare to Imen McDonnell and Cliodhna Prendergast of Lens & Larder and their US counterparts Farm.Field.Sea.

Left: Myrtle Allen's seaweed scones (image: Nathalie Marquez Courtney); Farm.Field.Sea on Martha's Vineyard; West Clare surfer Fergal Smith with his daughter, Sunshine, in Moy Hill Community Garden

Left: Prannie Rhatigan’s seaweed scones (image: Nathalie Marquez Courtney); Farm.Field.Sea on Martha’s Vineyard; West Clare surfer Fergal Smith with his daughter, Sunshine, in Moy Hill Community Garden

We’ve divided the magazine into the four seasons, and in each you’ll find gardeners sharing the plants and places that inspire them, the perfect plants to plant for each season, as well as seasonal projects for getting your hands dirty, from decorative (how to make a pretty pergola) to purely practical (how to install a water butt). Plus, wildlife experts – such as Bev Truss from Clare’s famous hedgehog hospital – share their recommendations for welcoming new visitors into your garden – from hedgehogs to bats, birds, and even beetles.

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Nesting hedgehog. Aaaaaaaaaah

Finally, a big thank you to all our readers! 2015 proved to be a great year for Garden Heaven – from experiencing massive growth on the newsstand to scooping Annual of the Year. This year, we’ve continued to work with some of Ireland’s foremost gardening experts to bring you a magazine that’s both informed and beautiful. Now get out there and enjoy the summer outdoors!

Garden Heaven 2016

Pick up the award-winning Garden Heaven – from the team behind Image Interiors & Living – priced €4.99. A perfect gift for anyone who loves gardening, growing or simply appreciates nature’s grandeur… It’s gorgeous! Oh, and did we mention you can win a luxury VIP gardeners’ getaway to Birr Castle worth €1,000? Yes, you can.

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