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Plant paradise in the Garden of Ireland

Plant Paradise garden in Wicklow [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] It's great to get a local commission every now and then, as it saves on travel time and we get the opportunity to pop back to see how the garden is developing with ease. My clients had decided to update their house with a range of contemporary improvements including a new kitchen and an architect designed double-height, conservatory-style lounge space with a viewing landing to the upper level. This design obviously necessitated two-storey glazing to the rear.  The design challenge...

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West Coast Living garden in Galway

West Coast Living garden in Galway [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] I like to travel to experience gardens in all parts of Ireland and so was excited to be given the opportunity to develop a garden in Clarinbridge in Galway, a stone's throw from the wild Atlantic and not far from the wilds of Connemara, a part of Ireland that I frequented, and loved, in my youth. The overall garden in this property is quite large but my brief was to create a courtyard garden in the space created by...

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garden design, north, dublin, outdoor, dining, pergola, low maintenance

Stylish sanctuary garden in Glasnevin, Dublin

Stylish sanctuary garden in Glasnevin, Dublin City [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] I was contacted by my client (P.) in Glasnevin, as she really had “had enough” of her current small courtyard garden design, which lacked imagination and quality of finish. Her brief was for me to design a polished courtyard garden with minimal planting but which would make the most of the space so that she and her family could enjoy sitting and eating outdoors (Irish weather permitting!). However, P. was very clear that neither she nor her...

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Fashionable, functional garden in Malahide, Co. Dublin

Fashionable, functional garden in Malahide, Co. Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The brief for this garden was to create a sharply designed family garden with clean lines and low maintenance, ordered planting with interest across the seasons. The existing garden had an existing simple patio area to the rear of the house with an adjoining lawn area surrounded by simple shrub planting. To say it lacked interest was an understatement! To add appeal, we decided to introduce a split-level patio with a cosy, sunken nook created for outdoor dining, surrounded...

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Cute courtyard garden in Terenure, Dublin

Cute courtyard garden in Terenure, Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Sometimes good things come in small sizes, and we were most pleased to have the opportunity to redesign this small garden for our clients in Terenure. The total size of this small courtyard garden to the rear of a contemporary red-brick terrace house measures around 35m2 and is L-shaped. The existing garden consisted of a simple patio shape with some grass areas and planting around the perimeter. The brief was to remove the grass to create a hard landscape scheme...

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Smart welcome garden in Ranelagh, Dublin City

Smart welcome garden in Ranelagh, Dublin City [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden design brief The design for this small front garden to a red-brick Edwardian property in Ranelagh, South Dublin required a formal approach in-keeping with the traditional look of the house. Equally, a smart entrance way was sought that would look good throughout the year and which would be relatively easy to keep. The client was also looking for a feature and to use some trees that would be unique to their street. The existing garden was overgrown...

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Enticing family garden in Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Enticing, family garden in Greystones, Co. Wicklow [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s brief Create a traditional garden for use by a young family that includes space for active and passive recreation with some interesting, yet manageable planting. The design is to retain the best elements of the existing garden structure, whilst adding a new twist!   Design issues noted by the design survey The existing garden is divided in two by vegetation: there are a lot of overgrown plants so the visibility is limited across the garden; the central and lower...

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Outdoor garden room in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Outdoor garden room in Killarney, Co. Kerry [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] If I had to come up with a new design for a good-looking, functional back garden space to the brief “outdoor garden room”, I would certainly refer to the crisp design that I used for this patio space adjoining a modern stone-clad property set in the Kerry countryside (this garden design would also work equally well for a stylish city space). In our view, the design ticks all the boxes in terms of delivering on the clients needs...

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Family garden in Monkstown

Contemporary, Family garden in Monkstown, Co. Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The design for this garden in Monkstown, an attractive, leafy, suburb of south Dublin, includes a family back garden with a sunken patio area finished in natural limestone and a new layout for the front garden that had previously been simply under grass. Existing perimeter trees and hedgerow were selectively retained where they added to the design and, in the case of the front garden, this includes a fabulous specimen Ailanthus tree. Garden designer’s brief The owners had recently...

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garden, design, wicklow, designer, driveway, patio, feature, wall

Fashionable front garden in Wicklow

Fashionable front garden in Wicklow [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] ‘Relax, enjoy and soak up the sun’ was the caption that Austen Associates applied to the design for a small front garden in Wicklow town in the summer of 2007. That was around the same time that pop-star Rihanna had her hit-song “Umbrella” and ushered in the first of a series of wet summers that have all but killed-off the idea that a garden can be used for those traditional summer-time recreational activities of eating, sitting- out and sun-bathing. Still,...

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