The Botanical Blog

Ideas, inspiration & advice from us & our garden to you & yours!
Get gardening tips, ‘How-To’ guides & our favourite recipes taking you from sowing & growing to feasting on the best fresh botanical flavours.

Earth Day – Be the Change in Your Garden

Earth Day – Be the Change in Your Garden

To mark Earth Day this year, we're sharing 5 ways you can take action to be the change in your garden & help ensure your green space nourishes the planet rather than degrade or damage it. 1.  Commit to ditching peat.  Peatlands are...

We’re in the Indo Fab 50!

We’re in the Indo Fab 50!

Absolutely delighted to receive the news that we've joined the Indo Fab 50, The Irish Independent's list of the best 50 places to stay in Ireland in 2021! Whether you're two people looking for a private escape away or a group of family & friends wanting a...

HOW TO VIDEO: Amazing Alliums

In this video, Adam celebrates some amazing Alliums from garden veg classics such as Onions & Chives to lesser know but even more delicious wild perennials such Babbington Leek & Three Cornered Leek. https://youtu.be/VpbVnh1SSsw If you'd like to discover more...

March Gardening Tips

March Gardening Tips

We celebrate National Tree Week here in Ireland at the end of March each year. It's one of my favourite events, filling me with such hope seeing trees being honoured in this way & indeed planted en-masse or protected!  If you'd like you plant a...

HOW TO VIDEO: Sow & Grow Calendula & Sweet Pea

HOW TO VIDEO: Sow & Grow Calendula & Sweet Pea

There's nothing more satisfying than sowing seeds of hope for the months ahead! In this video, from our Creativity & Calm in the Garden series with The Wellbeing Network, Kloe shows you how to sow & grow two of our favoruites - Calendula & Sweet Pea. By...

HOW TO VIDEO:  Springtime Wild Teas

HOW TO VIDEO: Springtime Wild Teas

In this video, from our Creativity & Calm in the Garden series with The Wellbeing Network, Kloe shows you how to forage for & make your own Springtime Wild Teas using the first flush of the seasons new growth. There's really nothing better than a warming brew...

Award Winning Accommodation

Award Winning Accommodation

We are delighted to have been awarded with two Traveller Review Awards from Booking.com.  These awards celebrate accommodation providers that have been given exceptional review scores by guests.  The Botanical B&B was awarded an average score of 9.5/10 & The...

Our Ultimate Garden Design Package!

Our Ultimate Garden Design Package!

In this post we wanted to share an exciting update on how we're using Shoot Gardening to craft our ultimate Garden Design Package, giving you all the information, inspiration & confidence to not only get stuck in & make your dream garden a reality but connect...

SEASONAL RECIPE: Wild Garlic Flatbread

SEASONAL RECIPE: Wild Garlic Flatbread

Despite February's icy winds, snow & driving rain, the first brave three cornered leek has started to emerge in the woods! This recipe is a celebration of this first flush of these delicious greens & have been our go-to for super quick lunches alongside soups...

Grow a Garden for Birds

Grow a Garden for Birds

In this post, we share some of the best plants to introduce into your space to grow a garden for birds. Making & filling feeders & feeding stations provide a valuable instant food source particularly in the Winter when birds need the extra energy but they fail...

HOW TO VIDEO: Bird Feeders

HOW TO VIDEO: Bird Feeders

In this video Kloe shows you how to make your own Bird Feeders for free using old jars & pine cones. This is a fantastic quick & simple rainy day activity, perfect for children too! Putting out bird feeders, provides a valuable instant source of food for...

We Declare a Climate Emergency

We Declare a Climate Emergency

We’ve signed up to Tourism Declares, an initiative that supports tourism businesses, organisations and individuals in declaring a climate emergency and taking purposeful action to reduce carbon emissions as per the advice from The Intergovernmental Panel on...

January Gardening Tips

January Gardening Tips

January is always a slow month for us, these cold dark days can be a real struggle. The best way to get through them is to take the pressure off as much as possible & make sure to get outside everyday for at least one brisk walk. Like our plants, we need a...

December Gardening Tips

December Gardening Tips

This month, for our December gardening tips we look at five fantastic ways you can give back to your Garden (& nature) mid-Winter! 1. Put your feet up! One of the single best things we can do as gardeners is do less, particularly at this time of year so sit back...

Our Story

Our Story

Two Green Shoots Why do we craft gardens, feasts & escapes that nourish people & places?  Well, it starts with pollinators, potatoes & package holidays! The WWF released a harrowing report in 2018 revealing that in just the last 40 years, the world...

November Gardening Tips

November Gardening Tips

Read on for our five top tips of what to do & how in your garden in November. 1. Get your Garlic in the ground.  I tend to grow soft neck varieties which I can store over winter for cooking.  Plant each plump clove two inches below the soil after...

HOW TO VIDEO: Improving Garden Soil

HOW TO VIDEO: Improving Garden Soil

In this video Adam show you how to identify & then improve garden soil. Ever wondered why your plants just aren't growing much, they might look weak or riddled with pests & diseases!? The answer could well lie with your soil! With soils around the world...

HOW TO VIDEO: Common Garden ‘Weeds’

HOW TO VIDEO: Common Garden ‘Weeds’

In this video Adam explores one of the most hotly debated topics in gardening - common garden 'weeds'. What's a weed & should this or that be weeded!? The bain of many peoples lives, these unloved plants cause a huge amount of stress and thus much time, money and...

HOW TO VIDEO: Natural Pest Control

HOW TO VIDEO: Natural Pest Control

In this video, Kloe explores some of the common garden pests that we all know and traditionally hate. However, instead of reaching for the slug pellets, some of the most effective & long-lasting ways of dealing with these tiny terrors is to instead start with your...

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