The Doolin Garden of Matt O'Connell - Grower and Garden Designer
This garden is designed to look very simple, moving around it, you begin to find "hidden" pathways leading to other sections or mini gardens. The main thrust is two long grass runways which meet at a focal point. These are traversed by stone and gravel pathways which lead in and out of other areas. To a certain extent, you could call them show gardens as most of the plants you see are for sale in my nursery. It's good to be able to see mature plants of what you are buying. The garden surrounds an award winning house designed by Shelly McNamara of Grafton Architects (1995). Like the house, the garden is fairly contemporary but has some traditonal hidden sections, such as a circular box hedged area planted with white lillies and roses planted over four arches. Favourites plants are Astrantias, Heucheras, Lysimachias, Euphorbias, Perovskia, Geraniums, Scabiosas, Sisyrinchiums, Daisies and now Roses (the latter I think is an age thing).
At least 90% of the plants in the garden have been propagated and grown outdoors and are for sale. If they flourish in the harsh Doolin weather, what will they do in your garden?
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NEW 2014
Exhibition of garden sculpture during the month of August. There will be about twenty five pieces of sculpture by various artists placed around the garden. Open daily 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays. The garden itself is one of only three gardens in Clare which is open to the public with free entry. See the photo gallery for a slideshow from Spring/Summer 2014! 

Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Veitchii' 6 Litre pot €14
Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Veitchii' 6 Litre pot €14
from a range of over 200 plants in stock priced from €4

Left: Grainne Mhaol by Jerry Cahir, one of the sculptures that will be exhibited for the month of August

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