Our Heritage: yours for the taking.

logoWhether you are a local or a tourist visiting our country over the next couple of weeks, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do. You see, we are really and truly into what I call “Culture Season”. This week we have National Heritage Week, co-ordinated by The Heritage Council. This will be followed by Culture Night in September and Open House which runs for 3 days in October organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Continue reading

Bloom 2014: my highlights

New+Bloom+LogoAfter a tortuous week of seriously hard work in the pouring rain for those setting up the annual garden and food festival in the Phoenix Park in Dublin the sun finally came out. The show gardens have been transformed from virtual swamps into a dazzling array of colour, scents and not a small amount of sophistication. There are so many things I could blog about, from the design ideas in the show gardens (lots of circles and squares this year); the planting (lots of repetition in the planting types, with the exception of a few such as the two gardens designed by graduates of Landscape Design at Senior College Dún Laoghaire, more on these later) to the food (I ate far too many tasty bits) and the entertainment (sheep shearing a personal favourite). So here is a selection of my highlights. Continue reading