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Giant rhubarb, giant problem?

John Manley
IT CAN hardly be regarded as the actions of a full-blooded eco warrior but, in a roundabout way, I have dealt a blow for Irish biodiversity.

The Casual Gardener: Peak-time perennials

John Manley
WHERE would the garden be without herbaceous perennials? They are the mainstays of the summer garden, the plants that can be relied upon to do the business year after year.

Garden show time

John Manley
WHERE did your passion for gardens begin? I didn’t realise it at the time but my passion for gardening goes back to my earliest memories as a child working in the family garden in a small fishing village along the south Down coast under the Mourne Mountains.

The Casual Gardener: In defence of the dandelion

John Manley
OVER the coming weeks the multinational agrochemical industry’s annual marketing drive will be in full swing, with swathes of our most familiar plants and flowers demonised for the benefit of CEOs’ bonuses and shareholder dividend.

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