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Versatile Viola

This time of the year is an incredibly exciting one for gardens. The recent stretch of warm weather has seen the plants in my garden shooting up, their beautiful colours starting to brighten up the borders. It’s also the time of the year where produce from the garden is bountiful and can be used in the kitchen again. I love using plants from my own garden for cooking and baking. Taking

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RTE Supergarden 2015

It’s that time of the year again. The days are getting longer, gardens are starting to explode with colour, and RTE Supergarden is back on the television. The popular garden show which is in it’s seventh series and follows the journey of five amateur garden designers who have five weeks to create a garden for a real client with a budget of €5000. Competing for the winning garden, their aim

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Chelsea in Bloom

A Gold medal winning installation for the Dubarry or Ireland brand at Chelsea in Bloom 2014 in London. The installation is about the story and the journey that the brand represents. The dreamy Irish landscapes and feeling at home in them. The feel of the colours blending together to create something wild, green and lush. The grasses, Iris and wild poppies are some plants that have inspired me to try

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GARDEN DESIGN | Milkshake’s Garden

This garden is based on the idea of creating a meadow within a meadow. The clients Jane and Myles Lamberth had just bought an old cottage which they had renovated to a very high spec. With an approach of modern design meets vintage elements the couple’s house, whose interior I also helped shape, is a stunning mix of truly fabulous taste. The couple who run Shells Surfcafe in Strandhill County

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Kokedama

The art of Kokedama is a form of Bonsai and originated in Japan in the 1600’s. Originally the idea was to grow a plant in a pot until the roots were strong enough to display the plant in a hanging fashion, roots showing. The concept of creating a combination of suspended plants that together and each in itself creates its own little microcosm is fascinating and if you look up

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Rose Cottage, Strandhill

One of my all time favourite cafes in the world is Shells Surfcafe in Sligo. Everything from the food to the atmosphere and the little shop -this place is always full of life and offers the best eggs Benedict I know.  After doing some designs for the garden of the cafe the owners Jane and Miles asked me to help design their interior and the garden of their newly bought cottage

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Explore | 54° 16′ 38″ N, 8° 16′ 48″ W

Welcome to my new Explore section of my website. In this series I will take you exploring to inspiring places, on a search for beautiful flora unique to these locations. My aim is to show you the flowers and plants that grow in these areas as well as showcase the amazing locations.  In association with The North Face at Call of the Wild, and with photographer Colin Gillen at my side, I

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GARDEN DESIGN | A love letter to the West

This award winning show garden is a garden in homage to the beautiful west of Ireland. The design offers a modern, personal take on the joy of living in this beautiful part of the world and aims to capture the spirit and atmosphere to be found in the calm deep waters, unique wild planting and gentle woodlands.The garden is split roughly into three sections with the highest back layer being a

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GARDEN DESIGN | Cookie and Cream’s Reclaimed Sanctuary

Everyone needs a sanctuary The client was a family of four with two young teenage children who took part in RTÉ’s Super Garden in 2012. The family loved entertaining and wanted a space for dining and relaxing in the garden. They also had two beautiful rabbits, Cookie and Cream, who needed to be taken into consideration when thinking about the prospective space. The site used to be a meadow before

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Blooming brew

Irish Independent Weekend Magazine | 18 April 2015 Camellias are native to Asia and grow at high altitudes of around 300–1,100 metres. The plants like slightly acidic soil and are most fond of partial shade but most do well in sunshine too. In China, Camellias are said to be lucky symbols and are used in offerings to the gods during the Chinese new year. A fascinating fact is that these beautiful

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