Summer garden parties

Summer is the best time to host a backyard party – here’s when and how to get your garden ready for the festivities. 

o host a fun outdoor party, you don’t need a total garden makeover. Preparation is more about placing your best foot forward. That way you won’t be noticing or fretting over things on the day. 


Start with a spring cleaning of benches and tables – ideal to do a week before, especially if they need a bit of TLC. You want the paint to be fully dry, and/or give time for the furniture polish fumes to dissipate.  


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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