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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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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Modern patio design

Garden near the sea

A garden near the sea for outdoor dining, Dunmore East [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 coastal garden in Dunmore East is for a new extensive patio area to the rear of the house incorporating both a seated area around a fire pit and a separate outdoor cooking area. The existing deck area had begun to deteriorate in quality and was not offering enough in terms of functional use or aesthetic pleasure.  Thus, the client asked us to come up with a design for a...

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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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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, 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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Passionate plantswoman’s garden near Killarney, Co. Kerry

Passionate plantswoman’s garden near Killarney, Co. Kerry [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s notes This garden is situated at the foot of the Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry providing the perfect opportunity to create a spectacular garden for the owners. The design for the garden involved extensive clearing of over mature garden shrubs in order to open up views across the garden and towards the nearby Gap. The planting plan involves a reduction in the dominance of evergreen shrubs towards a mixed palette of plants including both shrubs and perennials...

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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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