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Arboretum's 50th birthday

Visitors can enjoy a new 50 th anniversary interpretation centre packed with information about the internationally important plant collection at the garden, established in memory of the US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The current President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, has also visited the Arboretum to plant a tree as part of a day of tours, talks, workshops and special anniversary events at the park, ending with a gala dinner.

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A boost of cheerful colour for spring

Plant bulbs now to naturalise in lawns and long grass for a quick and easy way to add a boost of cheerful colour in spring, while also providing valuable early nectar for the season’s first pollinating insects.

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Plant of the Week: Chrysanthemum

Choose from traditional spray chrysanthemums, grown for cut flowers, or hardy varieties which flower their socks off through October and November, when everything else is retiring for winter.

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Time for a fresh lawn?

Get the ground ready now for laying new lawns as now is the best time of year to sow grass seed or lay turf, while the air and soil are still warm and there are gentle autumn rains to help roots establish quickly.

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Christmas tree shortage

Ireland could be facing a shortage of Christmas trees this December after the long dry summer hit commercial crops hard.

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Plant of the Week: Carnivorous plants

It may seem ghoulish to grow plants which trap and eat other living organisms from flies and wasps to ants, spiders and other creepy crawlies, but carnivorous plants are a fascinating group which can also play a useful role in controlling your garden pests.

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Happy & healthy creatures!

Putting out food and providing safe hibernating spots in the garden provides a lifeline for creatures like hedgehogs, ground beetles and frogs – they’ll reward your efforts by providing a built-in pest control service next year, as they eat vast numbers of slug and snail eggs plus aphids and other nasties.

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Plant of the Week: Calathea

Calathea is straightforward to look after, happy in any shady corner where it can have steady warmth and moist air (spray occasionally with tepid water to keep humidity high).

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Unhealthy weed killing

The future of commonly-used weedkiller glyphosate is less certain following a court ruling in the USA which ordered one of the biggest manufacturers, Monsanto, to pay $289 million (£226 million) in damages to a man who claimed glyphosate caused his cancer.

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What to do in your garden in September?

The gardening year is turning to its last dazzling farewell display of autumn colour soon, so it’s time to shake yourself out of the torpor of late summer and get going again.

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