Seeds of Magic, garden in Barretstown

Seeds of Magic garden in Barretstown [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] I was honoured to be selected by Barretstown to design and construct their show garden at Bloom in 2014 and then to organise the transferral of this garden from Bloom to Barretstown itself as a permanent addition to their garden spaces. Barrestown is a wonderful charity, originally set-up by the Hollywood film actor Paul Newman, which organises fun camps for children affected by serious and terminal illness at their premises in Kildare. I intended with this design to create...

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Go Barefoot, VSO Dollar-a-day garden, Bloom 2010

Go Bare-foot VSO Dollar-a-day garden, Bloom 2010 [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim Austen’s third garden entry to the Bloom in the Park festival was a charity garden for the Irish branch of the Voluntary Sevices Overseas (VSO) charity. The garden was commissioned at the last minute for the show; the design and build were completed within two weeks to a budget of €1,000 only. The garden won a silver medal and raised the profile of the VSO’s work in Africa. The idea behind the garden is to impart to...

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Awakenings, Silver-gilt Medal winner Bloom 2011

Awakenings Silver-gilt Medal winner, Bloom 2011 [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim Austen’s fourth show garden entry to the Bloom in the park festival, in 2011, took a new direction with Tim creating a more conceptual garden for which he received a silver-gilt medal. Awakenings is a colourful garden designed for a creative person; maybe, as an artist’s retreat. It includes, sharply contrasting, rustic and modern materials: there’s a striking , bold red-boardwalk that cuts through the garden looking like a Milan catwalk, a rustic hand-crafted stack-wood gazebo (made from...

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garden, design, designer, outdoor, dining, furniture, seating, water

The garden lounge
gold medal winner, overall winner, Bloom 2009

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="32" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] The garden lounge gold medal winner, overall winner, Bloom 2009 [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim Austen’s second offering at the Bloom in the Park show, 2009 entitled ‘The Garden Lounge’ was a gold medal winner and won the best large gardens category. The design is for a contemporary garden space that includes: a stylish steel-edged pool, modern eco-friendly deck and colourful paving materials. Tim collaborated with his cousin Simon of Simon Austen Designs (www.simonausten.com), a UK-based furniture design company that specialises in...

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garden design, ireland, wicklow, leinster, natural, planting, style

Inspiration from Mount Usher
gold medal winner, people’s favourite, Bloom 2008

Inspiration from Mount Usher gold medal winner, peoples’ favourite, Bloom 2008 [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim Austen’s debut show garden entitled ‘Inspiration from Mount Usher’ won a gold medal and peoples’ favourite garden at the 2008 Bloom in the Park show in Dublin’s Phoenix park. The purpose of the garden is to celebrate the design and longevity of the renowned Mount Usher gardens and to show how key garden design ideas, such as, the naturalistic planting style and plant layering, or the marrying of formal and natural layouts can...

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Giardino della Mostra,
Gold Medal winner, Bloom 2013

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Giardino della mostra, Gold Medal winner, Bloom 2013 [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Giardino della mostra, translating generally from the Italian as “exhibition garden” or “garden of exhibits,” is a garden that encourages you to design your own garden to a strong theme whilst referring to the fact that a good garden is formed from the sum of its parts. The concept and layout are, in part, inspired by Ireland’s only permanent exhibition of show gardens at...

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