Garden Landscaping. Howth, Co. Dublin

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Above pictured the complete garden structure building, one part of an overall landscaping project in Howth, Co. Dublin.

Entirely hand-made and built. It consists of a fully slated roof, solid timber uprights, hardwood deck to the base, surrounds closed in on two sides; one hardwood shelf to the rear right hand side and back; and two hand-made accoya hardwood seats, one of which is a swinging seat; and yes even here I bought the chain and cut it to length etc.

Of note to the lean of the roof, as versus the angle (degrees), the house is 3 story at the back. The video below may show that in better detail.

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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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Donegan Landscaping: Portmarnock, Co Dublin

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I rarely if ever show works in progress photographs of gardens. I’ve no real specific reason for that; apart from the fact that I feel it shouldn’t influence whether you like that end result or not.

In a funny sort of a way, I will admit it does add to the story when you see what it was beforehand and here I’m going to make the exception.  Read more

Trees: Specimen and Specific

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Above pictured Betula albosinensis Fascination.

The following trees are selections for 2 seperate projects that I am working on.  I am pictured alongside it solely to give an idea of height and below my hand to give an idea of the trees girth. Some of the trees you may gather are more expensive than others and though the smaller as of now trees will not be selected, they are shown solely to give an idea of what you can have when your budget rises or falls according.

In reality trees in landscaping took a bit of a back seat for a period of some time, as it seems we had a tendency to eliminate and remove them through the economic boom years. Of recent, it seems clients (I hate that word) are more willing to pay, not only for that instant mature effect but also for something just that little bit tastier.  Read more

New Planting Scheme: Tara Winthrop Private Clinic

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I was delighted of recent to be asked to come up with a new planting scheme and plan and to complete the landscaping to the front of grounds at Tara Winthrop Private Clinic.  Read more

Garden Talk: National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Saturday, July 9th 2016.

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Saturday 9th July I was honoured to have been invited to give a talk to a group of horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects that had travelled from Germany to Ireland. Above, pictured with some of the group.

On this occasion the lecture, if you will, took place at Ireland’s National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

My thanks to the Catherine, Donall, Paul and the team at The Bots who (as always and again) looked after me so very well. Thank you, so very much.

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Garden Planters: Handmade and Planted. Dublin, Ireland.

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These garden planters were hand made in Dublin, Ireland.

Marked to measure using a pencil & a set square – old school – and precision cut & trimmed. The planters made from recycled timber – by client request on this occasion, were then twice sanded using a block of wood and sand paper and screwed together – very important in Irish weather and finally, hand painted twice – for added protection – in Henry Ford’s favourite colour.  Read more