Helen Dillon Garden Ranelagh
Helen Dillon's garden at No 45 Ranelagh truly is a hidden gem right in the heart of Dublin. Helen herself is a great plantswoman and well known broadcaster and author of several gardening books. She is a no-nonsense, straight-talking Scotswoman, who does not believe in molly-coddling plants (having learned the hard way herself) if a plant is not doing well it gets replaced. Which is a good policy where space is an issue and every square inch has to earn its keep. She even ripped up her labour intensive lawn and replaced them with a long pond flanked by two glorious herbaceous borders on either side.....
Her planting schemes can be outrageously fiery like herself (she's great fun and enormously helpful) or quite and demure like the compost bed languishing under a sprinkling of rose petals. This garden, though small is a delight because it all seems so doable. A real townhouse albeit a fabulous one the gardens front and back are inspirational and easily copied in small gardens.
Open afternoons in March (glorious spring bulbs) and July and August (riots of colour) and sunday afternoons or by appointment at other times when Helen herself is usually around to give advice. Admission is €5 and there are often rare and coveted plants for sale!
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