Award-winning garden designer and Woodie garden expert Brian Burke returns to Bord Bia Bloom in Phoenix Park with a beautiful show garden.
Over the past two years, many of us have found a new appreciation for our homes and outdoor spaces. With that in mind, Burke’s design shows nature lovers how to create an outdoor extension of our calming indoor space.
Titled “Seomra Eile” (Another Room), the design depicts the garden as an extension of a contemporary home, with a natural flow from the inside out.
“We never miss an opportunity to add a little Irish,” says Brian proudly, standing in front of his stunning design in Phoenix Park.
“It was driven by our experiences over the past two years, we’ve seen a lot of people get into DIY projects around the house,” he continues. “During the restrictions, we realized that no matter how much we love our family, we had to find a place – a refuge or a sanctuary or an escape – from within so that it inspires people to look beyond. patio doors.”
“Seomra Eile is all about using simple materials, with simple planting and native trees. There’s nothing complex about the shape or the designs. It’s symmetrical, it’s a 10 meter x 10 meter square , there is limestone paving, some steel, there is mostly stamp , grass and simple plantings of perennials. All that people can do. There is no bespoke or expensive items in the garden.”
As a landscape contractor, Burke has a deep understanding of getting the most out of a space, while keeping his designs simple and impactful.
For his masterpiece Bloom, he filled the two large beds in his garden with a mix of herbaceous flowering perennials and perennial grasses.
Creating a softness that works with a modern home, Brian primarily used plants such as Lychnis, Salvia, Calamagrotis, Astrantia and Astilbe as well as multi-stemmed birches.
“It’s a very nice and pleasant range of perennials. The color palette I’ve chosen is a cool color palette; it’s mauves, purples, whites – it’s a very I’ve avoided the reds, yellows, and oranges that tend to pull your eye and create a bit of friction when planning a color scheme. It’s all very soothing, soothing, and cohesive.
Speaking of Bloom’s long-awaited return, the great garden the judge says it’s “good to be back”.
“It feels good to be back. We had an enforced two-year hiatus, obviously, and we’ve all missed it terribly. If you’re in the gardening and landscaping industry, this is the place to be in early summer.”
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