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News | A wild Atlantic collaboration

I am so excited to announce that award-winning jeweller and goldsmith, Martina Hamilton, has asked me to be her brand ambassador as she launches five new pieces to her Shore Collection. Martina Hamilton has been designing distinct jewellery collections for more than 30 years in her studio in Sligo. Her award-winning designs are inspired by the ever-changing Atlantic coastal landscape and all her pieces are handmade in Ireland by studio craft

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Dream Garden Course @The Model Sligo

Design your Dream Garden – Saturday 25 November 2017 Autumn is the ideal time to start designing your garden! This intensive one day workshop helps you design your dream space on the day. Facilitated by award winning garden designer, interior architect and bestselling garden author Leonie Cornelius, the day will explore what it takes to create really special spaces. From the initial dreaming of a concept, your functional requirements and

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GARDEN DESIGN | Everyone has a Dream

For anyone that had the pleasure of visiting Bloom in the park this year I think you’ll agree with me that it was an absolutely fantastic show. The biggest show ever with 120,000 visitors over the four days of the show and the atmosphere was incredible. For me the show gardens are always the highlight of every show and this year I was absolutely delighted to return with my own garden

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Bloom Competition | win a signed book and a Martina Hamilton pendant

Earlier in the year we collaborated on a wonderful photo shoot with the talented jewellery designer Martina Hamilton on Edenreagh Strand in north Sligo. The photographer Peter Martin took some incredible shots which we are all very proud of and show our side of the country so well. Martina will be showcasing her beautiful work at the craft village at Bloom and to  celebrate being there together we have a brilliant

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Dreaming of Gardens | Exploring creative space

“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are”. Alfred Austin’s very apt quote is a wonderful starting point to consider when thinking about your garden and how you imagine it in the future. Gardens you see, are intensely personal places. These spaces are, much like our homes, where our lives unfold on a day to day basis. Realistically, more often than not however, how our garden

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Hanging baskets | the designer twist

Is it just me or has it been one seriously long Winter? On my morning walk today, the sun broke through the clouds and I was delighted to actually feel some warmth in its rays. It’s safe to say we are more than ready for some Spring sunshine! Thankfully the longer days and brighter conditions also mean it’s finally that time of the year again when garden centres are boasting

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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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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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