Mossy marvels on an Irish woodland floor

As a garden designer, I seek to take inspiration from nature whenever I can.  Last weekend, I took these photos on a lovely walk through a coniferous woodland in Wicklow.  Although the wood was predominantly commercial evergreen species, there were some deciduous species, such as, Birch and Beech  present and understory trees like Holly here and there.  But the most striking thing about this woodland was the beautiful carpet of spongy moss spread throughout. [caption id="attachment_477" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Mossy woodland floor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_484" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Moss close up[/caption] It reminded me that I...

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Our Bloom 2011 entry: The Growise Garden

Tim Austen's  fourth Bloom show garden entry, The Growise Garden sponsored by Bord na Mona (Growise) and the Kildare Growers plant and tree experts is under construction in the beautiful show area at the Phoenix Park visitor centre. [caption id="attachment_363" align="alignnone" width="539" caption="Tim Austen designed Growise garden for Bloom 2011"][/caption] This colourful garden space is designed to inspire creativity with its contrasting rustic and modern materials and it is also a garden retreat with its beautiful hand-crafted stack-wood gazebo (made from sustainably sourced Irish timber) providing a garden getaway amongst the beautiful...

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How to build you garden design

When you have put all that hard work in to completing your garden design to the client's satisfaction the next step for you, as a designer and consultant, is to make sure that your design is constructed in the way that you have designed it!  Ideally this should be achieved with the minimum amount of fuss and to the client's budget. This is the topic that I used to form the basis of last Saturday's workshop conducted on behalf of the Garden and Landscape Designers Association as part of their annual...

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