BLOOM 2023 Forest Balcony
The Forest Balcony won Gold and Best Small Garden. A tiny 10 square meters was packed with layers of planting to recreate an urban forest.
Simple steel pergolas framed the space adding height and a sense of privacy
Woodland plants give colour and texture to the space
Ferns cascade over the edges and a vertical living wall clothes the building in greenery
Subtle lighting brings the space to life at night
BLOOM 2022 Green Balcony
The Green Balcony garden shows how even a tiny outdoor space can be full of life and greenery. The aim was to fit an entire garden, with wild planting, trees and plenty of space to sit - all into the space on a balcony.
Plants were chosen to suit a typical balcony; being wind tolerant and capable of thriving in an exposed position. The planting is soft and relaxed and full of pollinators. Teak benches provide generous space to sit, relax and enjoy the greenery.
A textural mix of grasses and perennials bring movement and colour.
The backdrop of a simple paneled wall creates a surface for shadows of the multistem trees.
Bespoke planters and sculptural furniture create a calm and unified design and effective foil for the planting. Handmade Moroccan tiles that warm up in the sun compliment the furniture.
RATHGAR WILDLIFE GARDEN
In this sheltered north facing garden, lush textural planting creates a green tapestry. The view from the house is framed by tree ferns and maples. Local grey Kilkenny limestone has been softened with moss, linking the strong architecture of the house to the wilder garden beyond. Encouraging birds and wildlife was central to this design and a hand carved stone basin nestled among the ferns creates a natural bird bath.
GLDA DESIGN AWARDS 2021
Kathryn was awarded best Concept Master Plan and best Planting Design in the Garden and Landscape Designers Association Sustainable Garden Design Challenge.
BLIND QUAY PARK
Currently an underused space, the design envisions a total reimagining to create a new habitat within the heart of the city. This is a place where people and wildlife can connect but also a place that manages flood water and incorporates solar panels to power bat sensitive lighting. The existing trees have been carefully incorporated within the design and pedestrians are drawn away from the narrow roadside path into a wide central walkway, surrounded by rich perennial planting.
The design was brought to life with a paint and ink rendering showing the view walking from the city, past the Viking Long Boat sculpture towards the offices Dublin City Council.
PLANTING MOOD BOARD
The park incorporates rain garden planting, with pollen rich species that cope with intermittent inundation and so ameliorate flooding risk.
A number of Amelanchier trees were added to the scheme to enhance the value of the space and further shelter visitors from the road. Beneath the existing mature lime trees, a rich tapestry of woodland planting uses textured ferns and white flowers that shine in the shade.
Combining family life, food growing, colour, structure, lighting, relaxed seating and room to charge the car - this garden maximizes the space.
A bijou 6 x 6 meters, this tiny garden was originally used to store bicycles and bins. In collaboration with the owner, a range of beautiful mature plants and multi stem, sculptural trees were sourced. Layers of planting creates an immersive space that looks good day and night, winter and summer.
FRONT GARDEN RATHGAR
A garden filled with long flowering and unusual plants, this is a haven for wildlife, children and adults alike.