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Gardening With Dermot O'Neill

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Dublin's Iveagh Gardens

On a rather wet Thursday morning, our gardening expert Dermot O'Neill went on a visit to one of Dublin's best kept secrets, the Iveagh Gardens, situated in the city centre. There, Dermot met up with Dr. John McCullen, the Chief Superintendent of Parks with the OPW. Dermot was curious to discover some information about the park's history, and to have John explain about some of the Iveagh Garden's special features.

A rather wet Dr. John McCullen dodging a heavy shower in the Iveagh Gardens!

The Cascade, a unique water feature in the Iveagh gardens. This is now operated using recycled water; originally it was fed by the Grand Canal. With water conservation being so important, the pump recycles the water from the pool to the Cascade.

One of a pair of statues and formal pools situated in the centre of the park.

A view across the Iveagh Garden's central pathway, which is open to the public daily.

To learn more about the Iveagh Gardens, click here.

Garden Tour Of China, with Dermot O'Neill

You don't have to be a gardening expert to enjoy a trip to the sights and gardens of China with Dermot O'Neill! Dermot will be leading a tour, as part of an RTÉ Guide reader's offer. The trip departs on Tuesday, October 30th 2007 and returns on Wednesday, November 14th 2007. For a full itinerary and price, log on to thetraveldepartment.ie

A view of some of the spectacular rooftops within the Forbidden City, Beijing. Dermot leads the group through the Forbidden City as part of the tour.

Part of the palace gardens within the forbiddden city, a spectacular glimpse into China's past history.

Dermot will take the group on a visit to one of the great wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China.

The tour will visit this spectacular garden, situated in Suzhou, the Master of the Fishernets' garden.

There will also be an opportunity to see the famous Terracotta warriors, a memorable sight.

This is an opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime! The trip takes into account many of China's most beautiful locations. There will also be a short cruise on the Yangtze River. If you are interested in joining Dermot O'Neill, remember you don't have to be an expert gardener to enjoy the wonderful sights and gardens of China. Spaces are limited so early booking is essential. For booking details check out the offer when it is published in the RTÉ Guide, or log on to thetraveldepartment.ie.

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