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San Elmo Lodge

An architectural gem tucked into the Dalkey coastline [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The house, around which we have created the garden, is a special one architecturally having been designed and created by Tom de Paor whom the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) described in 2017, when he was awarded a fellowship, as the ‘leading Irish architect of his generation’. Nearly 17 years since its construction, this impressive work of art continues to stand tall, and continues to refuse to look dated in any way. Described by the...

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natural garden design, traditional garden, stepping stones, lawns, perennial flowers, irish garden design

Hidden gem in Dalkey

Marriage of house and garden [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] One of our favourite projects is this lovely garden that required a gentle intervention to create a setting for the well composed architectural design. The property, a corner site, had an existing dwelling dating from the 1930s, but this was entirely updated and given a new but elegantly retrospective look by Robert Bourke architects with a terracotta tiled roofline echoing the original and neighbouring houses. To the main structure a pavilion was added with a similar pitched roof finished with...

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garden design, designer, gardens, patio, outdoor dining, living, water feature

Gorgeous garden design in Greystones

Gorgeous garden in the Garden County [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] We were delighted to design a sun-drenched garden for our lovely client in Greystones, County Wicklow in the beautiful Burnaby residential area.  The houses here were set out as part of a planning project in the early twentieth century having generous proportions and ample garden space around them in order to create a well manicured suburb that would be attractive for well-heeled residents taking the coastal train to work in Dublin. The properties are generally in the Arts and...

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Planting settled in after many years

Tropical garden design in Dalkey

Tropical looking back garden in Dalkey [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"]   We were contacted by our clients in late 2017, just as they were completing their new house build located in an attractive south Dublin suburban location, not too far from the sea. It's 'L' shaped sheltered courtyard garden had created a warmer micro-climate capable of supporting some special tropical plants that I had been coming across of late. Recent enthusiastic conversations with Billy Alexander at Bloom about a shared interest in tropical plants from the Canary Islands and New...

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garden design, new, garden, makeover, back, rear, patio, lawns, planting

Coastal chic, garden in Malahide

Coastal chic garden in Malahide, Co. Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] This garden was designed for a couple looking to set off their large, fashionable home, in which they have included all their dream elements, with a stylish garden that has plenty of space to both receive and entertain visitors. The design brief The garden design included a reposed, orderly looking front garden with lawns and classical, formalised planting in keeping with the stateliness of the house itself.  The garden design challenge was to set out the driveway and parking...

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garden design, building, outdoor, room, designer, architect, designed, contemporary, shed

Ultimate garden room in Glenageary

Ultimate garden room in Glenageary, South Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] My wonderful clients for this garden in the lovely suburb of Glenageary, nestled to the south of Dublin, gave me the brief to create an ordered, yet colourful garden across the seasons. The emphasis is on repetition of a select few plants in the colour range purple to deep pink, blue and white, restraint being the order of the day. Furthermore, the brief was that the garden design should be in-keeping with the architecture of the house, which itself dates...

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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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