Garden views

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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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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