Garden Destinations: The Dillon Garden, Ireland

If the ‘hits and tips’ section of the visitors website is any indication of the cheekiness of the garden itself, then Helen Dillon’s description of which dog breed is the perfect ‘garden dog’ is a fitting hint at the smartness of the Dillon garden’s design.

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Helen is a prolific garden writer in Ireland and her style is straightforward, unfussy and (to me) entertaining.  Her garden, conversely, is abundant, gushing and (not conversely) beautiful.   — and BTW — she, for various reasons, deduces that male dachshunds are the best garden dog.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Private on April 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

    That’s a beautiful pool and garden. You know, I always presume there’s no way to fit this into a suburban quarter acre lot, but if it ran from the mailbox to the front door, maybe. Swimming pools have to have fences, but a reflecting pool might be shallow enough to do without. Mosquito treatment would be essential. And a plan for winter. But it is gorgeous.

  2. Kaveh on April 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I went to Dublin a few years ago just so I could visit this garden. The garden was great but the best part was meeting and chatting with Mrs. Dillon.

  3. Happy Gardener on April 26, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Beautiful Garden – Thats now on my wish list of Gardens to visit. Thank you

  4. Nomadic Samuel on November 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Gorgeous garden here!

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