All my life I have been interested in and worked in gardens, gardening, landscaping and garden design in Ireland and the UK.
I present on RTE and TV3 television and on radio in Ireland and I am also the Garden Design and Gardening columnist for the Irish Examiner newspaper along with being a regular Features writer for The Irish Garden magazine.
I am passionate about gardens, gardening, landscaping and plants and I have hopefully managed to share my enthusiasm with many others and helped a few budding gardeners along the way.
I fervently believe that the garden offers us the solutions to nearly all of our modern day problems:
- Our mental health benefits from just being outside in the Great Outdoors.
- Our physical health is improved by the aerobic workout which a day gardening will provide and also by eating the fresh organic produce from the garden.
- And the garden has critical roles to play in counteracting the effects of climate change and slowing the rate of species extinction
I often recommend environmentally sound, sustainable and organic gardening products and plants in the media and am then faced with a slew of questions regarding where can people get them and this is what prompted me to set up this store.
Here, I can offer for sale plants and products which I like to use in my own garden and in gardens of clients for whom I am working. These are what you’ll find in my garden shed so to speak.
I don’t have a garden centre or retail business as such, and this is a new departure for me so please bear with me if we run into any teething problems.
In the real world I work as a garden designer and consultant:
Any garden project needs to start with a good garden design, and for that design to be properly implemented, the correct landscaper needs to be identified and the entire project managed so that the garden design becomes the landscape creation which is envisioned.
With my designs I aim to create aesthetically beautiful, usable, practical outdoor spaces. Each client and each home or business will always have a style of their own and I like to design gardens which compliment that style be that a contemporary garden design or something more traditional in style.
Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity is one of the challenges facing everyone at the moment and I feel responsible for creating gardens which will do just that.