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Friday, December 9, 2022

Perennial Passion

Barry Lupton interviews Tim Schram Ireland’s founding nursery businesses were family-run affairs. And while this remains the case for the majority, subsequent generations have been...

Practically sustainable

Lots of people talk a good sustainable game, few actually play by the rules. John Murphy, owner, and operator of Annaveigh Plants explains how...

A cut above

Andy Whelton, ornamental specialist in the Teagasc Horticultural Development Unit, and nursery stock advisor, Dónall Flanagan explore the benefits and success of species screening...
Photo by Igor Zakowski

Was it something I said?

Independent retail consultant, Liam Kelly dispels some of the persistent truths of successful retailing Over the years I have learned the importance of listening to...
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Autumn’s best performer

Renowned independent florist, Ruth Monaghan shares her thoughts and techniques on how to get the most from the humble but top performing Cyclamen Autumn is...
Qualified designers have a range of skills spanning multiple domains. Spatial and planting design, construction, horticulture, electrics, draughting, computer-aided design, sketching, and visualization are just a few. The range is rarely reflected in fees and charges as most clients pay for the product, not the process. The images shown here are just a tiny sample of the products produced by the process. A process that can absorb huge amounts of time, both physically producing, but also in thinking time. Clients rarely pay for thinking time and designers rarely charge for it. It’s a hard thing to pin down. Image 1 shows rendered sketch plan. It’s not scaled or dimensioned and is intended to provide the client with an indicative visual start point. Such plans may be produced during consultations. Image 2 shows the same plan in a draughted format using Autodesk. It is intended to be used by the client and any potential contractor for pricing and construction. Such plans require a lot of survey information, thinking and screen time. Image 3 is another sketch drawing produced during a consultation to assist a client in understanding a radically different treatment for their new house layout. A frequent occurrence during such consultations. Image 4 shows a hard and soft landscape detailing drawing for a garden. Such drawings are produced following an agreement on a sketch layout and can be very time consuming to produce, particularly where a project is being tendered. Image 6 shows a more detailed rendered perspective drawing of a garden. Such drawings are created for more complex, bigger budget projects and can be very time consuming to produce. Image 7 shows a planting layout with supporting images. Such Such drawings are produced for clients and contractors.

Facing charges

The subject of fees for professional landscape and design work in Ireland is a charged subject and one the sector has great difficulty facing...

A strategy for learning growth

John Mulhern, Principal of the College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens summarises findings of the recent strategy review for horticultural education in Ireland During...
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Assuring sustainable practice

Andrew Mahon of Bord Bia’s quality division frames The Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme (SHAS), the revised quality assurance program being launched through the edibles...

Mycorrhizal and root initiation and development

As part of our continued drive to promote and communicate horticultural research conducted by Irish students, we’re delighted to share the work completed by...
Photograph by By-Studio

What you see…

Renowned nurseryman and tree specialist, Ronan Nangle shares a positive story of how seeing and selecting trees first hand can contribute to the creation...


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