I’m Jane Powers, a garden and nature writer living in Ireland. I also take photographs. I work for various publications, both in Ireland and the UK.
At present, I write a nature diary, “In My Backyard”, in the Sunday Times in Ireland. I contributed the weekly gardening column for the same paper for 7 years, and before that for the Irish Times for nearly 15 years. For the two years of its life in print (2017–2019), I wrote the daily “Nature Notes” column in The Times, Ireland edition.
My second book, The Irish Garden, was published in 2015. All the photography in it is by my husband, Jonathan Hession. The book won the UK Garden Media Guild’s “Inspirational book of the year” award. My first book, The Living Garden: a place that works with nature, was published in April 2011 by Frances Lincoln.
I visit other people’s gardens both for pleasure and for work. I’ve judged gardens for competitions and I was an inspector for the Good Gardens Guide, an independent and well-respected guide for garden visitors to the UK and Ireland — now, sadly, no longer in print.
The name of this blog, One Bean Row, is inspired by Yeats’ poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree, and its much-quoted line: “Nine bean rows will I have there, and a hive for the honey bee”. Although Yeats wanted nine rows of beans (which makes me think he’d never actually grown a bean), for me one is plenty.