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3.16.17 The Irish Garden - with Fionnuala Fallon, Gardening Correspondent for the Irish Times

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It is almost St. Patrick’s Day and it does seem that even if you’re not Irish per se, St. Patrick’s Day brings out a little bit of Irish in us all. While I have no interest in green beer, I do have an interest in the green of the garden.

To explore and celebrate this – I'm pleased to be joined by Fionnuala Fallon (@theirishflowerfarmer) a horticulturist, garden writer, garden designer and organic flower farmer, and gardening correspondent for 'The Irish Times' since 2011.

In our conversation we discuss the characteristics of an "Irish" garden, elements of the natural history of Ireland, what plants Irish gardens might include and great Irish gardens to visit. Fionnuala (pronounced fin-oo-la) wrote the book, photographed by her husband Richard Johnston, ‘From the Ground Up: How Ireland is Growing Its Own’ which was published by Collins Press in 2012.

Follow Fionnuala on Instagram: @theirishflowerfarmer at The Irish Times.

This week's piece includes a web-only AUDIO EXTRA at in which Fionnuala descriptively recommends 5 Irish Gardens you should not miss if and when you visit Ireland. Here are links to the websites of those gardens

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