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Dream Gardens | Book news

It’s finally time to announce my big news. Over the past few months I’ve been working on my first garden design book called ‘Dream Gardens’ with Mercier Press in Cork. It’s been a fantastic journey and I’ve worked with so many wonderful and talented people. The idea behind the book is that everyone should have access to a dream garden. It aims to be a clear and easy-to-follow guide to creating a

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Luxury Dark Christmas

December is one of my favourite times of the year.  Every year, Winter seems to surprise me with its arrival. Suddenly, the temperatures drop and you are given beautiful Winter mornings , with their crisp, frosty-pink, dawn glow. In the evenings darkness falls sooner, often bringing amazing star-studded, sky blankets of inky blue. Every year I forget how breathtakingly beautiful nature is in Winter. It is this nature that is

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Mystery of Magical Gardens

Have you ever walked into a garden and felt yourself sigh in delight? Some gardens have that magical quality to them and yet are simply a few trees and shrubs, whilst others, designed to the millimetre, fail to inspire. The best gardens are the ones that leave us breathless, that have that little spark of magic that is hard to describe and almost impossible to define. Gardens that stop time

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Weekend Projects | Edible Flower Fun

 With so much in blossom this month I thought it would be lovely to have a look at some flowers from an edible point of view. You’d be amazed at how many of the flowers in the garden we see every day are actually edible. As a garden designer I am always learning more about edible plants and am always fascinated by new discoveries. Growing edible plants with children is

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Collaboration | A better approach to Design

Recently I had a great conversation about collaboration with some lovely colleagues of mine. While filming the RTE Super Garden TV Show, Raisin Lafferty and Gary Graham and I spoke about the importance of sharing ideas and how we have come creatively to this point when we finally recognise this: Sharing is good. In a time where some people are still holding on to their creative ideas like private gems,

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RTE Super Garden 2016 | The Search for the magical garden

It’s that time of the year again and I am delighted to be back filming the wonderful show that is RTE Super Garden. The popular show which sees five designers creating gardens for real homeowners with the hope of getting their winning garden a place at the Bloom in the Park festival on the June bank holiday weekend. This is no easy task, I know this because in 2012 I

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Aquilegia-a flower for a Super Garden

There is no plant that blooms more prolifically in early Summer than the Aquilegia or Columbine flower. The pretty and delicate plant is a firm favourite of cottage gardens and self-seeds freely through borders making it a very rewarding plant. It also happens to be easy as pie to grow, making it a great plant for the garden owner who doesn’t have a whole lot of time to dig up

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Chaumont sur Loire’s Concept Gardens

The journey to reach the small village of Chaumont sur Loire in itself is quite magical. Taking the slow road along the Loire valley, where houses are built into caves and ‘degustation’ of wine and cognac tempt you to stop every few hundred metres one feels a little bit like time has stopped. To say the area is steeped in history is a bit of an understatement.  The Loire valley

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Are we born designers?

From as far back as I can remember have been designing. At the age of eight, my friend and I would glue together lots of A4 pages to make one large A1 sheet and promptly cover it in dreams. Dream houses, dream gardens, dream worlds. Design was absolutely limitless and no-one told us we couldn’t create our perfect worlds. That we didn’t have the tools, the knowledge, the talent. We

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Garden to Table

  At this time of the year many gardens are looking really great. Colour is finally spreading through the borders and gardens seem to be exploding with vibrancy. Interestingly many of the flowers in the border are actually edible. Flowers can be used to make all sorts of delicious treats from lollipos to lemonades and even for savoury cooking.  This month I decided to use some edible flowers to decorate

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