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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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wooden and gravel steps, steps to steep slope, garden design

Design Solutions: Steps

A Technical Approach Design examples and process [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The following aspects are vital when informing our design approach, considerations and final decision when implementing this element within a project. They include: Construction Style and Material choices Maintenance and Durability Safety Size of the Garden, Functionality and Accessibility Budget Construction: There are two main types of steps: Cut-in Steps:Used when negotiating a slope or bank. The shape of steps are cut out into the existing soil. Freestanding Steps:Used between terrace-like level changes and usually at angles or parallel to the...

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specimen tree selection from tree nursery for bespoke garden design projects

Design Solutions: Large tree selection and planting

Specimen tree selection and handling for bespoke planting [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim offers a bespoke service for those who are looking to select premium trees for a particular location or to create an effect of those who are looking to curate a tree collection.  Tim and his team offer design and aesthetic advice, soil, horticultural and arboricultural advice, as well as information pertaining to planning in the selection of specimen large trees and shrubs in order to reap the best rewards from the investment into your garden...

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Views from the patio to the seating area

Make your own statement in Dublin suburbs

Strong statement of form and function [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] We came into this project by referral from the architect, with whom we had previously worked, who had been kind enough to recommend us to the client.  Our architect friend had recently designed the significant upgrade of the house in terms of its scale and features, including a large turret that now forms a striking feature in the central portion of the house and which elegantly unifies the building design. The existing garden was quite mature and included...

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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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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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Secluded garden in Killiney, Dublin

Secluded garden in Killiney, South Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden design brief We were engaged to provide a garden design to complement a recently completed attractive house finished in an art deco style.  The property is situated very close to the sea (in fact the front leads directly onto the beach) so, although the garden is located on the sheltered, front, side of the house, salty winds are a likely and frequent occurrence.  This necessitated the selection of certain species that would be tolerant of changeable conditions. We were...

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Resplendent rural, garden in Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Resplendent rural, garden in Cahir, Co. Tipperary [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s notes The design for this garden centred around using planting to create new spaces and vistas within the framework provided by the existing boundaries. Much of the existing garden was given over to lawn with areas of “low- maintenance” but bland shrub planting to the perimeter. This planting was removed and the shapes of the lawn areas were redefined using hornbeam and beech hedging with espaliered Lime trees. The new planting areas include: woodland planting, a wildflower meadow with...

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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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