The Mind Yourself Garden – Small Show Garden

Sarah Buckley

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About the Garden - Small Garden

This garden is designed to provide a calm, restorative space for the person to engage with nature and to take a moment to ‘mind themselves’.

On the periphery, the planting is beautiful and highly ornamental, representing the tendency to present to the outside world that ‘everything is fine’. Entering the central section, the paving gradually breaks up on the transition to a peaceful enclosure with seating and woodland-style planting. Three multi-stem Prunus (cherry) trees are combined with native and non-native plants in a restful colour scheme.

Here, the person is encouraged to leave behind the outside world, to reconnect with their feelings, to let the restorative effects of nature lower their stress levels, or to have meaningful interactions and reconnect with other people. This is a true plant lover’s garden, which is a place to ‘do’, to potter and care for plants, but also a place to simply ‘be’.

About the Designer

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Sarah Buckley

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Sarah Buckley is one of two emerging designers to win this year’s Cultivating Talent initiative, sponsored by Westland Horticulture.

Sarah, who has a background in biological sciences and works in a related profession, has always had a love of gardening and garden design. Now expanding into garden design, Sarah obtained a Diploma with distinction in Garden Design from the Garden Design Academy of Ireland.

She is a firm advocate of the positive benefits that spending time in nature and gardens has on our mental health and wellbeing. This is her first show garden for Bord Bia Bloom.

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