Back Garden Landscaping. Ballinteer, Dublin

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There are very many reasons why I love so much what it is I do as my work, if I might call it that.

Second place to the top of that pile for most gardens, for me, is the what it was before hand to the what it has become. That in mind, this little ditty sits right up there with the very best of them.

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The Sodshow Sessions Live. Bloom Fringe 2015 at Powerscourt Townhouse

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Kicking off on the Main Stage this Saturday May 30th 2015 – The Sodshow, Irelands only award winning garden podcast and radio show, of which I am a host, will be coming to you live as part of Bloom Fringe 2015 at the very magnificient Powerscourt Townhouse right in the heart of Dublin’s very beautiful city centre.

Powerscourt Centre is a speciality shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house centrally located just off Grafton Street. Formally, 59 South William Street was home to Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount Powerscourt (1730-1788) and his wife Lady Amelia, who bought the Townhouse to entertain guests during Parliament season.

Those to be interviewed and chatted with live are confirmed and details are below. In the meantime, cannot freaking wait !

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Back Garden Landscaping. Swords, Dublin.

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It’s kind of hard to explain the actual how an unbuilt garden picture [see before pic/ vid] in my head type dream becomes a real space that is something of the now present, great or better.

And, more often here I analogise that to falling or being in love, because essentially the [your] garden is a place or space that makes you feel something, of which you smiling as a minimum should be, the end result.

Before I get to where I’m going, go see the before works started image/ video below.

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The Formal Gardens at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

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In my time I have spent 6 plus years researching, designing and building 17th Century Gardens and 18th Century that I have won awards for the design and build of. The signatured papers sit framed upon my office walls as a fine reminder, alongside just some of the other gardens I have made.

And though I know I say it often enough, I am honoured that what I love doing is also what I do as my work; if I might call it that. A little like, or the opposite of, an anatidaephobiac running very fast away from a trip to Disneyland, I just can’t seem to help myself when it comes to the great outdoors. On a more serious note, this Sunday past, I was at The Formal Gardens at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin; which is also home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. I visit both regularly.

Further images below of both The Formal Gardens at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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Patio Choices: Travertine

I absolutely love this stone. And it is without question probably the sexiest stone I have ever worked with. Asked to describe it, my slightly oddball to some head told it as such:

It’s like walking into a room and your old school long-haired never grew out of the seventies mate is there. In my heart I am still him. But not unlike Samson, I got my hair cut. Anyhow, he’s sitting in a mildly disheveled armchair wearing a pair of ripped jeans and a Led Zep t-shirt. The Stones are playing on vinyl in the background and a he’s supping a drop of Middleton Very Rare from a crystal tumbler he acquired from his local tavern. And whether or not you would like it to be something different, you and I both know, he [or it, the paving, in this case] has got that little bit of class some quite simply can only ever hope to achieve. You know it. I know it. And he couldn’t give a sh** either way. Legend.

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