Doolin Garden

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Ballyvoe, Doolin, Clare,
Matt O’Connell

Doolin Garden is a beautiful space located in County Clare. It appears to be a simple garden, but as visitors explore, they will discover hidden pathways and mini gardens. The grounds are also home to an award-winning contemporary house.

Located in County Clare, the Doolin Garden is designed to look very simple, but as one moves around it, one begins to find "hidden" pathways leading to other sections or mini gardens. The main thrust is two long grass runways that meet at a focal point. These are traversed by stone and gravel pathways that lead in and out of other areas. To a certain extent, they could be called show gardens, as most of the plants on display are also for sale in the nursery. 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 traditional hidden sections, such as a circular box hedged area planted with white lilies and roses planted over four arches. Some of the favourite plants are astrantias, heucheras, lysimachias, euphorbias, perovskia, geraniums, scabiosas, sisyrinchiums, daisies and now roses. Most of the plants have been propagated and grown outdoors and are for sale. If they flourish in the harsh Doolin weather, imagine what they will do elsewhere!