This week's job around the garden

Now that the open garden and show season is very much in full swing I urge all gardeners and those who are starting out on a garden creation to stop when you see something you like.

What I mean by that is, if you are in a garden that you like, stop and observe why you like it, what is it that makes it work. 

Is it the structure — is it the plant combinations or perhaps it is another design feature such as the different use of shapes or materials?

I am certain that if you pause to break down what you like about a space you will see features and ideas that can be used in your own garden.

To this end I will be giving tours of the gardens in Mallow at 1pm each day of the show, Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 27 to 29.

I will be pointing out some of these design features in the landscaped gardens and illustrating how and why they work. 

I’ll be looking at simple tips and principles that will be relevant to all garden spaces.


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