West Limerick retreat

A nourishing personal retreat for retirement

Step inside this garden

A garden of two halves – one for relaxing and the other for feasting!  Ideas include an archway leading to a cosy Summerhouse & seating circle enveloped by scented planting beside a reflective wildlife pond.  A mown pathway will lead on down the garden to pause & enjoy views through a vista to the surrounding landscape.  The orchard will be extended with the meadow underneath managed for wildflowers before stepping through into the feasting garden with a nuttery under-planted with soft fruit, raised beds, rainwater harvesting, compost tumblers & a polytunnel.  

 The re-imagining process

Dig deeper & explore how we developed the ideas & inspiration for this space virtually!

The Space

The family home, previously full of vegetables & now trees sown many years ago by the clients father.  Work & health meant the garden had been left for a few years – the briars had moved in & old structures were starting to tumble & become unsafe. 

The Client Brief

“After recently retiring, I’m keen to focus some time and energy into my garden.  I need help changing the layout & planting which has become quite overgrown in areas.  I really want to continue to grow some fruit and veg for harvesting but needs to be low maintenance as my energy is limited.  I already have a space for entertaining outdoors but would really like a peaceful space for myself to sit with a book.  Scent is really important to me, I particularly love chocolate cosmos!

The Design Process

This client choose our Virtual Design Package (no.1) – which includes:

 1hr Design Consultation (via phone or video call)

Annotated Sketch Design (Emailed)

Accompanying list of suggested plants & materials (Emailed)

1/2hr post-Design Q&A session.

The Build 

This garden will be developed slowly over time by the client themselves with help from friends.   The sketch design & resources from Package 1 providing a gentle guide & reference for suggested features & planting & locations for each.

Client Testimonial

 

“I now feel energised to tackle the area!”

“I had reached a mental and physical block as to what to do with my space to make it more viable & enjoyable.   I was really grateful to have the benefit of the teams extensive knowledge & expertise to plan wisely & creatively.  Advice on maximising biodiversity, composting, water conservation , seasonal planting, pruning and when / how to relocate existing plants was invaluable.  I felt that the team really tuned in from the outset into how I felt about the garden & its potential & how I wanted to strike a better balance between the time & energy invested into managing it with the sheer enjoyment of being out there! My new plan allows for practical improvements I can undertake in the short, medium & longer terms with a revised layout I love & feel is achievable.”