The path of Life
This garden contemporary in style, with stone walls and rendered walls intersecting to create different areas in the garden, and emphasising the contrast between rough and smooth, giving the visitor different and ever changing aspects of the garden as they walk around the display. A canal edged in steel cuts through the garden at 45 degrees emphasising the longest view of the site, and is symbolic of life and renewal. The path to the seating area is of planks of timber with glass inset at the same angle as the canal beneath.
The garden is designed as a journey, with views and experiences changing with each step. Only on arrival on the cut stone terrace, can one sit, relax, and reflex. A backdrop of a metal wall brings the warm tones of aged steel, picked up from the canal edge and the raised planters, with trapped plants inside, symbolising wishes in life, dreamed and not yet fulfilled, on life’s journey.
The canal is of still water to reflect the sky, and is a contemplative feature, and although the surface of the water is still, life and another world exists beneath, as carp circulate below.
All of this is softened by planting, with blocks of planting, to emphasise the modern contemporary style of the garden. Influenced by Irelands green landscape, with many shades of green used. With blocks of colour mixed through and standard trees forming the structure.
This garden aims to show, that through life’s rough and smooth passage, there are many wonderful sights along the way, with some dreams and wishes fulfilled and others perhaps to be revisited, we exist in nature, and with nature, and if we look after it, she will help our journey a memorable and beautiful one.
Where modern garden design exists side by side with Nature……………………
Paul Martin has been designing gardens for over 20 years and is an award winning garden designer, winning Gold, and best in show at Blooms first Show in 2007. Gold again in 2008, the Garden has been rebuilt in The Delta centre in Carlow .In 2009 he presented the TVS hour long special on the Show. Paul won Irelands first ever Gold at the World's largest flower show Hampton Court in 2011, with a design inspired by Famous designer Eileen Gray. As a result of the Hampton Court win, he is one of 4 European designers selected this year to show at Singapore Garden Festival in July, and the first Irish Designer ever to be invited. This year he is delighted to be back at Bloom, with a garden Designed for RTE Lyric FM.
Attention to detail in design has always been his strong point, he specialises in smart town gardens, where regardless of size, he feels good design is always essential.
Paul has won numerous awards through the years including The Chelsea Flower show, and Tatton Park, and is the garden columnist in Irelands Homes and Interiors.
Gold Award Winner of
HAMPTON COURT PALACE FLOWER SHOW 2011