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The Business Picnic

The Business Picnic 2016 Monday June 20th 6.00pm - 9.30pm, Arboretum Leighlinbridge The Business Picnic is a free event designed to encourage professional connections in an informal setting. Open to businesses all over Ireland, the Business Picnic aims to encourage future business development, not just in Carlow, but nationally. Hosted by Anton Sa ...
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By Arboretum
  25-05-2016 at 15:03 pm

The Business Picnic 2016

The Business Picnic 2016 Monday June 20th 6.00pm - 9.30pm, Arboretum Leighlinbridge The Business Picnic is a free event designed to encourage professional connections in an informal setting. Open to businesses all over Ireland, the Picnic aims to encourage future business development, not just in Carlow, but nationally. Hosted by Anton Savage, with co ...
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By Arboretum
  25-05-2016 at 14:13 pm

Visit us At Bloom

We are thrilled to announce that we are exhibiting at Bloom this year! Come see us at stand G41  Bord Bia's Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food and family festival will take place in Phoenix Park -Thursday, June 2 to Monday, June 6.Tickets are on sale from www.bloominthepark.com  ...
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By Arboretum
  23-05-2016 at 16:42 pm

Book Launch - Blaise Brosnans New Book

Blaise Brosnan, renowned Business Advisor, StrategySpecialist and highly acclaimed author of 'You Are the Limiting Factor' and 'Jack' is launching his hotly anticipated new book - 'I Dare You - Win The debate In Your Own Head' The book launch will take place Thursday, June 9 at 6.30pm in Arboretum CarlowIn his new book Blaise teaches us that ...
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By Arboretum
  23-05-2016 at 16:12 pm

A Romp in my Garden with Diarmuid Gavin

Carlow Garden Festival & Arbroetum present...An Evening with Diarmuid Gavin, A Romp in my Garden: behind the Scenes at Chelsea with special guests helen Dillon & Carmel Duignan Saturday, July 23rd at 7.30pm follwed by Q&A Tickets €25 available ...
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By Arboretum
  23-05-2016 at 16:01 pm

Plant Container Workshop

 Get your garden summer ready! Join us for a fantastic workshop Saturday, May 21st at 2pmOur top Horticultarist will give top tips and advice for plantin ...
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By Arboretum
  16-05-2016 at 15:58 pm

There is a rose for every purpose

  Eamonn Wall - Head of Horticulture You will be pleasantly surprised when you find out just how versatile garden roses are, with their adaptability to grow in a wide range of growing conditions. Once you establish what purpose you want your garden rose for, simp ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  22-07-2015 at 16:46 pm

Arboretum KIlquade

Arboretum Kilquade Come and visist our new store Arboretum Kilquade, The National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, Co .Wicklow. Arboretum Kilquade will offer the gardening & lifestyle shopping experience that the Arboretum customers have loved for over 40 years.   ...
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By Arboretum
  21-05-2015 at 17:02 pm

Valentines Day

The Perfect Valentines Gift Find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Valentines Day. We have some fabulous products to help you buy gifts for the other half. You can choose from a range of divine Butler's Chocolates, fabulous jewellery, beauty products, gorgeous plants and so much more.   ...
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By Arboretum
  12-02-2015 at 14:58 pm

Flower that matches your heart

Flowers to Match Your Loved One's Personality. Find the flower that matches your heart.   1. The Nurturer: You are the Violet flower. You are quiet, kind and conscientious. You always put others first and care for ...
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By Arboretum
  12-02-2015 at 12:40 pm

Garden in January

  Rachel Doyle January is the perfect time to start planning ahead for your spring garden. It may be cold, dark and frosty out there and there are some jobs that need to be delayed but there is still lots of things you can do now if you have the time. Gettin ...
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By Rachel Doyle
  15-01-2015 at 11:20 am

Essential Care of Houseplants

  Eamonn Wall - Head of Horticulture The most important considerations when choosing house plants is that they will survive in our living conditions. We must remember that many house plants naturally grow in warmer climates; hence we must be able to provide them w ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  14-01-2015 at 15:32 pm

Rachel's Garden Café

Our chefs use the finest Irish ingredients; grow their own herbs and seasonal vegetables to make some of our signature main meals, super salads, seasonal soups and sides. Whether its Rachel’s braised beef you fancy, fresh fish or a comforting carvery, we have something to satisfy every foodie in Arboretum, Home & Garden Heaven. Lunches are served every day and co ...
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By Arboretum
  14-01-2015 at 14:07 pm

Winter Sale

Winter Sale Madness!   Arboretum’s annual winter sale is back and bigger than ever this year with exceptional value in store and online! There will be up to 60% off selected lines throughout our Christm ...
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By Arboretum
  23-12-2014 at 16:28 pm

Topiary Bay

  Rachel Doyle As we are now getting ready for the Christmas festivities Bay Laurel (Laurus Nobilis) comes onto centre stage as a superb architectural tree to decorate your ...
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By Rachel Doyle
  10-12-2014 at 16:22 pm

Festive Indulgence

  Elaine Scully - Fashion at Arboretum/Personal Shopper You can find it all under one roof here at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. Kick off your visit in our Fashion Store where you're sure to find the perfect Christmas Party dress.Or maybe a luxurious winter c ...
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By Elaine Scully
  10-12-2014 at 14:31 pm

Christmas Experience Night

It was a night for the young and old to celebrate this magical time of year full of festive activities and special offers to get our customers excited and ready for Christmas this year. On the night we had the hugely popular Brendan Henessey MCing the night who had everyone entertained all night as well as Santa as our special guest greeting and welcoming customers. No ...
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By Arboretum
  20-11-2014 at 15:02 pm

Skimmias for winter colour

The quiet and distinguished Skimmia is a superb plant for the winter garden. They have good sized smooth green leaves, a neat, generally domed shape, and flowers in spring. In some varieties there are both male and female forms, both have flowers but only the females have fruit. There are hermaphrodite (combined male and female) forms now available, so it is possible to ...
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By Arboretum
  20-11-2014 at 14:50 pm

REI Store of the Year

Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven wins National Company of The Year 2016  Following hundreds of entries, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) awarded the best in class of retail stores and compa ...
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By Arboretum
  03-11-2014 at 17:06 pm

Barbour

  Elaine Scully - Fashion Area Manager/Personal ShopperNew to Arboretum ! Barbour’s women’s collection offers a huge selection of stylish outerwear, mid layers and accessories that is superior in quality and exactly what you are lookin ...
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By Elaine Scully
  16-10-2014 at 11:38 am

Spookley Storytelling

The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin At Arboretum we are delighted to host a week of Spookley family fun from the 25th-31st of October that will feature endless exciting activities for Halloween such as; story-telling, a movie room and delicious in store Halloween treats!   ...
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By Arboretum
  03-10-2014 at 12:03 pm

Kate & Pippa Jeans

  Elaine Scully - Fashion Area Manager/Personal ShopperNew to Arboretum ! Who doesn't love a great pair of jeans to show off your figure? Kate and Pippa is a new versatile jean collection that has arrived to Arboretum. The fashion line is h ...
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By Elaine Scully
  12-09-2014 at 13:01 pm

Planting Shapes In Your Garden

Most plants have a loosely defined shape that may be roughly described as, for example, domed or rounded. There are also plants that are so informal that they fling themselves every which way and are loved or hated in accordance with your nature. A few plants have very noticeable shapes that are very useful in the garden. These tend to keep their shapes all year through ...
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  10-09-2014 at 15:12 pm

Experience Homegrown

  Eamonn Wall - Head of Horticulture I remember starting out in horticulture many years ago, and the negative connotations associated in growing your fruit and vegetables. Lots of hard work and we just don’t have the time. During the Celtic years many people we ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  10-09-2014 at 13:50 pm

Now that you've bought your plant

The growing medium in which you bought the plant may easily have become very desiccated. Water may largely drain out round the edges of the pot, giving the plant little opportunity to absorb it. In the garden centre plants are watered every day. At home it may often be left for a few days, there are no water reserves in the soil, so the plant gets nothing to drink and e ...
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By Susan A. Tindall
  20-08-2014 at 16:41 pm

Now is the time to plant spring bulbs

Many people have the misconception that you need to have a garden to appreciate spring bulbs, but quite the contrary more than 50% of spring bulb sales are to people planting in containers. We all have that empty pot lying around or that planted container sitting on the patio, which would appreciate a little colour come next spring. Spring bulbs are by far the e ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  20-08-2014 at 12:12 pm

The International Garden Centre Congress 2014

Last week, Ireland played host to the 56th International Garden Centre Congress (IGCC), which showcased the best of our Irish garden centres, gardens and Irish hospitality. This year for the first time ever Rachel Doyle, owner of Arboretum, became the first Irish President of the International Garden Centre Association and host of the congress – an independent non-pro ...
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  19-08-2014 at 13:01 pm

Date Night Dazzle

  Elaine Scully - Fashion Area Manager/Personal ShopperDate Night Dazzle Girls, we have a new style dilemma when it comes to date night, it's not just 'What will I Wear?', now the more important question is 'How will I accessorise?' The pre ...
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By Elaine Scully
  10-07-2014 at 09:32 am

The scented night-time garden

In practical terms the main night-pollinators in the Ireland are moths. These insects are attracted by scent at the ‘sweet’ end of the fragrance spectrum. The ‘night-time plants’ therefore have honey, jasmine or honeysuckle scents. It helps to site these plants in places that are protected from strong winds, so the fragrance can hang in the air. Plants c ...
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By Susan A Tindall
  09-07-2014 at 11:20 am

It's BBQ Time

Find Your Perfect Weber BBQ Discover a whole new way of living with our range of barbecues. Experiance the joy of fantastic food, freshly cooked to perfection wherever and whenever the mood takes you. Are you looking for a delicoius new grilling recipe for tonight? Weber's grilling is all about easy ...
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By Arboretum
  16-06-2014 at 15:58 pm

Allow your style to blossom

  Elaine Scully - Fashion Area Manager/Personal ShopperHere Comes the Summer Sun Yumi International and Sugarhill Boutique are just two of our fashion labels that have brought a flourishing twist to summer florals. Due to its flattering sha ...
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By Elaine Scully
  13-06-2014 at 14:58 pm

Fabulous Frocks from Yumi and Uttam Boutique

  Elaine Scully - Fashion Area Manager/Personal ShopperHere Comes the Summer Sun Bursting with bold, bright colours, the latest offering from Yumi and Uttam Boutique truly reflects the summer sun. Just in time for wedding season, the collec ...
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By Elaine Scully
  22-05-2014 at 10:54 am

There's always room for a splash of summer colour

  Eamonn Wall - Head of Horticulture You can always rely on summer bedding to give you a splash of colour to brighten up your garden or to make that special family get together just a little bit more colourful. With the down turn in the economy we now are realisin ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  21-05-2014 at 16:35 pm

The secret of success with hanging baskets

  Eamonn Wall - Head of Horticulture Hanging baskets are probably one of the easiest ways to add instant kerb appeal to any house or business. Remember you want your hanging basket to portray you in a positive light. I personally feel a good hanging basket is one ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  21-05-2014 at 09:27 am

How To Sow The Perfect Lawn

What type of lawn do you want?  Luxury Lawn/No1 Grass Seed Mix like Westland Finest Grade Lawn Seed - Velvet ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  23-04-2014 at 16:53 pm

Spring Accessories

Spring has arrived ! Our top tip for transcending your wardrobe into the new season is to pick up some pocket friendly accessories and here are Elaine’s suggestions: - Add a pop of neon to your weekend look with our eye-catching statement neckpieces from White Leaf.   ...
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By Elaine Scully
  23-04-2014 at 15:55 pm

Think White For Brilliance

The most famous of these in Ireland are Woodstock Gardens in Co. Kilkenny. This is, in effect, a white and green garden and the combination of these two colours is both soothing and refreshing. A dash of white amongst blue flowers can transform them, the blue tones tend to merge into, overall, quite a boring display, add white and see the difference. The colour ...
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By Arboretum
  23-04-2014 at 13:02 pm

The Fashion Store

The Fashion Store The Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven continues to grow with its stylish new addition - The Fashion Store. If you love your style, you'll love our new fashion offering. Our stylist Elaine believes new clothes must make you feel beautiful, feminine and sexy. That's why each and every piece in our fashion section has been caref ...
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By Elaine Scully
  27-03-2014 at 10:31 am

Spring Flowering Magnolias

One could not talk about the splendour of spring flowering magnolias, without commenting on one of the greatest gardens in the world. Mount Congreve gardens have been described as one of the top one hundred gardens in the world, and rightly so. My few words would be a grave injustice in trying to describe the beauty and splendour of these magnificent gardens. Mount Cong ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  27-03-2014 at 09:27 am

The Kitchen Store

The Kitchen Store Cooking is the new religion and it’s taking the country by storm! This is evidenced by the plethora of popular TV cooking shows, chefs, cookbooks and the emergence of the food blogger. Arboretum’s new Kitchen Store is the answer to every cook’s prayer. Whatever your kitchen requirement, our Kitchen Store should be your fi ...
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By Arboretum
  27-02-2014 at 10:25 am

Grow Your Own Tasty Poatatoes

The potato needs no introduction as one of the major components of a traditional Irish dinner. Potatoes really are easy to grow and can practically be grown in every soil. Go on give them a go and be for ever smitten. First early potatoes are planted in mid-late March, and traditionally before Paddy’s day weather permitting. The usual depth for planting all p ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  27-02-2014 at 10:02 am

Summer Bulbs to go wow

I know spring bulbs are only making their appearance in the garden, and I’m talking about planting summer bulbs. But when it comes to planting bulbs, you have to be working about five to six months ahead. Keep in mind when planting summer bulbs, with careful selection you will be able to have summer fl ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  25-02-2014 at 13:23 pm

We're Growing

We Are Growing ! We are delighted to announce that we're hiring! With our recent expansion and soon to be opened - fully refurbished Retail Store - a number of new and exciting positions need to be filled. If you are passionate, enthusiastic, hardworking and interested in Moving Heaven and Earth with us - the following positions may be of in ...
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By Arboretum
  21-01-2014 at 16:21 pm

Events 2014

Happy New Year from all of us at Arboretum We have some lovely surprises in store for all our customers and work is well on its way - here’s a sneak peak of what we have been up to and what you can expect when we re-open in mid February. Meanwhile business as usual at the Garden Centre and Rachel's Garden Café.   ...
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By Arboretum
  17-01-2014 at 09:30 am

Plants for winter walls

It is possible to grow plants against a warm wall that are too tender to survive elsewhere in the garden. Plants that cannot take windy sites or exposed areas that would otherwise kill them can live happily with a wall at their back. In the case of large shrubs, sturdy wires can be fixed along walls. The plants can be tied into these and pruned to the required dimension ...
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By Susan A. Tindall
  16-01-2014 at 13:31 pm

Heathers for all seasons

Heathers are one of the best examples of evergreen shrubs, which are totally misunderstood by the general public and gardeners alike. What I am referring to is the amount of people that do not realise you can actually grow heathers in alkaline (lime or chalky) soils. I am amazed by the amount of bad press heathers receive, regarding them been difficult to grow. Providin ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  16-01-2014 at 13:10 pm

Poinsettias

Contrary to many people's thinking, the flowers are not red, but are small insignificant yellow flowers which appear as the red bracts beging to fade.Don't feel disillusioned if your poinsettia dies soon after Chrsitmas as these plants are not for the novice and only a truly dedicated plant grower can bring back a poinsettia to flower the follwoing year. The real proble ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  17-12-2013 at 16:51 pm

How to look after bonsai trees

First we must ask the question what are bonsai trees? Bonsai literally means “a tree growing in a pot”. Traditionally bonsai trees were seen as miniature plants that could only be grown by specialist growers, and was an art form confined to Japan. For the record the art of growing bonsai trees originated in China and many centuries later was adopted by the Japanese. ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  17-12-2013 at 16:39 pm

Christmas essentials

Christmas Village Experience the magic of Christmas at Arboretum! Step into a winter wonderland as Christmas comes alive, with everything you need for a magical Christmas all under one roof. From decorations, trees and outdoor lighting to delicious Christmas home cooking, Breakfast with Santa, Santa's Grotto and Letters to Santa, Arboretum has s ...
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By Arboretum
  17-12-2013 at 13:14 pm

View from the window in winter

During the cold and leafless winter months the view from the house, and frequently the kitchen sink, are often the nearest that you get to the garden. A bright block of colour that attracts the eye can lift the spirits. This is where brightly coloured evergreens, shrubs with vivid stems and larger ornamental grasses come into their own. Their position is all im ...
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By Arboretum
  15-11-2013 at 13:47 pm

The benefits of planting hedges

Frequently I am asked for the following, “I want a hedge to grow to 1.8m (6ft), be evergreen and we need to have it as soon as possible, as there are new neighbours moving in”. To avoid the panic syndrome of we need hedge now and we need it yesterday, plant trees and hedges within the first year of moving into any house whether be new or old. You will be amazed on j ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  15-11-2013 at 13:30 pm

Santa's Grotto

Santa's Magical Grotto Come along to the Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre this November and pay a visit Arboretum’s magical Santa’s Grotto! The Arboretum staff, along with his team of trusty elves, are busy helping Santa make his preparations for December 25th and want to make this Christmas extra special for all good boys and girls! ...
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By Arboretum
  15-11-2013 at 13:14 pm

Moving Plants in Autumn

In your garden there are probably plants that have either outgrown their position, or which occupy a space that you now prefer to use for something else. In the case of established shrubs some of the root system will be lost when they are dug up. It is a good idea to prune the shrub back by about a third. This means the remaining roots will be able to provide e ...
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By Arboretum
  18-10-2013 at 11:44 am

How to make winter containers bloom

One of the main attractions of container gardening is you can grow what you like, where you like. With gardening you have to grow plants that are suitable for your soil type and this can be frustrating, as many plants require different growing conditions which can only be recreated in container gardening. The only limitations with container gardening is your ability to ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  18-10-2013 at 10:50 am

Planting Tulips

Invest in tulips in the autumn. Contrary to popular belief it is possible to ‘keep them going’ for a number of years, either planted in the garden, or grown in containers. If this succeeds your display will improve yearly as you buy extra bulbs each autumn. If you have ...
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By Arboretum
  13-09-2013 at 13:17 pm

How to create the perfect lawn

When it comes to kerb appeal there is nothing more appealing, than a neatly cut lawn with green stripes and not a weed in sight. And before we go any further, stripes on lawns do not come from grass seed, but from mowing in alterative directions with a roller on the back of the lawn mower. Why is there a compulsion for many gardeners to have the perfect lawn? I ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  13-09-2013 at 13:11 pm

A kaleidoscope of autumnal colour

Having had the good fortune of living and working within the New Forest, this is where I discovered the true beauty of autumnal leaf colour at Exbury gardens. Exbury is an 81ha (200-acre) informal woodland garden with a magnificent collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, and is often considered one of the finest gardens in the world. I personally feel that a ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  13-09-2013 at 13:04 pm

Shaping up with topiary plants

Evergreen plants are clipped and trained to geometric shapes or even complex animal sculptures. Topiary plants are generally slow- growing and are usually evergreen, although deciduous plants may be used.The art of topiary has been around for thousands of years and is synonymous with 17th century gardens, decorated with yew ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  22-08-2013 at 10:38 am

It's time to plant spring bulbs

It’s now the middle of August and herbaceous borders are now in their element with a dazzling array of summer colours. If you rewind the clock back to last autumn, this is where the preparation of these borders began. Don’t be under any illusion, herbaceous border don’t just happen, they are created with careful planning and lots of preparation. Traditionally the ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  22-08-2013 at 10:31 am

Autumn Time, Planting Time

Here at Arboretum, not only are we getting ready to winter-proof our gardens, we’re also getting prepared for spring! As the autumn sets in and the trees become alive with bursts of orange and rustic reds, remember to give your garden and plants some TLC before the winter chill arrives. Here are a few key points to keep in mind for your garden this autumn: ...
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By Arboretum
  22-08-2013 at 09:22 am

Barbecuing the Arboretum way

Master the art of barbecuing the Arboretum way, and you’ll soon want to share your newfound culinary skills, time and time again. Our Weber barbecues provide perfect solutions for every outdoor meal. Whether you are looking for a high-performing luxury bbq to cook up an impressive feast or a classic charcoal bbq so you can enjoy your time with family and frie ...
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By Arboretum
  15-07-2013 at 22:23 pm

Raymond Evison Clematis

You only have to say the words David Austin and instantly they are associated with beautiful repeat flowering roses. David Austin is renowned worldwide for his ability to breed old style roses, which are disease resistant and smell divine. Raymond Evison name may not be instantly recognisable to many gardeners, but his work in breeding repeat flowering clematis is known ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  02-07-2013 at 12:46 pm

Flamboyant peony roses

The peony rose has been cultivated by the Chinese for over three thousand years, so you could say they are the leading experts at growing their favourite flower. The true national flower of China is the plum blossom which was officially designed in 1964, but to many, the peony rose is the unofficial national flower of china, as chosen by a national survey in 1974. Befor ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  02-07-2013 at 12:43 pm

Summer fragrances in your garden

As soon as you say the word fragrance in the garden straight away you conjure up a vision of old fashion roses rambling around arches and door ways. Ok yes roses are fantastic for rewarding you with both summer blossoms and sweet smelling fragrances. I personally feel that too many roses are purchased for their names and not for their fragrance. So the next time you go ...
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By Eamonn Wall
  02-07-2013 at 12:34 pm

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