Helen Dillon’s Beautiful New Garden
What a treat on a sunny August Saturday morning to go and visit renowned gardener Helen Dillon’s beautiful new garden in Monkstown in County Dublin.
It is hard to believe that Helen has created this stunning new garden in only a short two years. From every angle, colour, shape and design fill this beautiful granite walled garden which is only a stone’s throw from the sea at the end of the road.
Lush flower beds filled with roses, cosmos and dahlias flourish in the sunshine as Helen enthuses about the challenge she undertook designing this very new garden. From clearing everything from the bungalow’s original old garden, re-designing the original house, to digging deep to find a well to supply water to the new garden ( which has given water all through this summer’s long drought), before filling it up with totally new topsoil which gave the garden a fresh new growing spurt. Nothing was overlooked as Helen began to plant and lay out borders and beds and levels which integrate a garden that combines old and new in a perfect harmony of design.
There are wonderful eye- catching flourishes, tropical plants and overseas favourites, two green houses and an aviary for her canaries. There is even a courtyard which is full of colour.
Every way you look there is something to catch the eye and delight the soul.
Helen was justifiably proud as she showed us around every section of this new garden and dealt with so many questions about planting and plants, dispensing good advice to us all.
Moving house and leaving her world famous show garden in Sandford Road in Ranelagh must have been a huge step, but it is clear that she and her husband Val have embraced the change and now not only have a truly wonderful garden but an amazing house, with wrap around views of her work.
It was a delight to meet this passionate gardener who encouraged us all to go home and dig out plants that we no longer wanted and take a chance on growing something new!