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Koke-who-ma? Kokedama!

Kokedama was born from a very simple idea in Japan in the 17th century: somebody removed a bonsai from its pot and began bringing it up with free roots. This lead to the nickname “Poor Man’s Bonsai”. It simply means moss (koke – 苔) and ball (dama – 玉) in Japanese. Mossball! Contemporary plant enthusiasts and trend spotters mostly plant grasses and …

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Robbery @ Johnstown

This day 10 years ago, we opened our new store at Johnstown Garden Centre , marking the occasion with the installation of our beautiful “Wishing Tree Fountain” . People loved it and started making wishes by the 1000! Over €19000 has been raised for charities to date. This morning on this special anniversary we discovered that it had been vandalised …

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Things to do in September

THINGS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER Start clearing Autumn debris to prevent pests and diseases overwintering. Net ponds to keep out falling leaves Sow or turf new lawns and scarify and aerate established ones. Move evergreen shrubs and stop feeding trees and shrubs in containers. Take hardwood cuttings from roses that you wish to propagate for flowering next Autumn. Begin dividing overgrown …

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Exciting Arrivals at Johnstown

This week we got some beautiful new arrivals in the form of large outdoor Bonsai Trees! An excellent addition to really make your garden stand out!       Extremely slow growing and low maintenance plant. A stunning feature tree for a Japanese style oriental garden or courtyard. Trim in late spring each year to maintain shape Requires full sun. …