While designing a garden to suit my clients, huge emphasis is placed on the principles of garden design which are individual to each client’s garden – materials, focal points, balance & proportion, unity and repetition, movement within the garden, colour, texture and materials all must be considered in depth.
While a lot of work and thought goes into designing a garden considering all the practical principles of design, I want the client’s personality and their garden taste to be the final element that pulls the whole garden together to make the perfect garden. The interior and soft furnishings of the house reflect the clients taste and I want to bring this out to their garden in a similar manner to make it a seamless link between inside and outside and thus extending their house into their garden.
On visiting a garden for the first time my initial observations will include the aspect, wind direction and surroundings as these effect the placement of patios, seating areas, play area, working areas, vegetable gardens & flowerbeds. Along with this, the location of the house within the garden, the main access routes from the house to the road or car parking and the view from inside the house. The practical elements are a huge consideration when locating the different areas within the garden.
Plant selection is vital in softening hard landscaping and providing another dimension to a garden – while doing planting schemes for gardens I design according to the light, soil, plant hardiness, height & spread of the plant, the type of plant used for specific client needs or preferences, the interest the plant can provide whether it be colour, foliage, biodiversity or fragrance and the care required to maintain the plant. The view of the planting from the house and the location of trees in relation to the house is also a huge consideration.
While my Garden Design business is based in Cork, I have designs completed for clients all over Munster, west of Ireland and the Midlands.
We found Fionnuala of Windy Acre Designs to be :
– Very covid conscious.
– Very professional and easy to discuss ideas and solutions.
-Very imaginative and was able to see amazing use of spaces that we had completely missed, also spotted few issues ie: septic tank, and a tree we planted too close to it, which now has to be moved before it grows any bigger and the roots smash through our septic tank, but more importantly she offers a solution.
– Her passion and love of gardening is obvious.
– Her local knowledge of weather, climate, winds etc is spot on.
– In depth detail and knowledge on a variety of horticulture topics.
– Practical, professional, pleasant and provided mood boards, garden plans and was able to describe her visions very clearly to us.
– No matter how crazy our ideas were, she listened intently and walked through the ideas with us, and discussed the possible pros and cons.
– Saved us €3000 on a sun shade that we were going to install but a 2 minute discussion made us see that it wouldn’t actually block against wind or sun or provide any shelter form anything, the only thing it would do properly would be to block out light coming into the kitchen due to its location. To be honest, I was a bit apprehensive when my partner suggested hiring a garden designer to help, as I thought we can do it ourselves, and put the money we save on hiring a Designer into buying something for the actual garden. But by hiring Windy Acre Designs, it has been the best value for money of anything that we’ve ever bought or done for the garden.
I cannot recommend Fionnuala highly enough. She will save you time, money, energy, labour, headache, heartache resources and in return you get a garden that you love.
Alan & Family, Cork
Our experience with Fionnuala was excellent from start to finish. She really listened to what we wanted to get from our garden, took it all in, and then had the skill to execute on an innovative, yet practical, design that we would never have come up with ourselves. Fionnuala has a great eye for detail and superb sense of space. We are delighted with how our garden turned out and now it is a space we can share and enjoy with the whole family far more comfortably. We would have no hesitation in recommending Fionnuala to anyone looking for a talented Garden Designer.
When my husband and I decided to landscape our garden we had a few ideas but needed someone to guide and put these in place and also give us some inspiration.
That’s when we contacted Fionnuala from Windy Acre Designs. We didn’t look back. She met with us at our home numerous times, listened to what we wanted and from there put her professional touch on the project. I cannot highly recommend her enough. She is creative, professional, patient as well as being a very nice lady . Fionnuala listens to what her clients want and need out of their individual gardens. We love our garden and the layout.
Thank you Fionnuala
When we got in contact with Fionuala from Windy Acre Designs, we knew what zones I wanted in my garden but I really didn’t know where to start or what style of garden it would be. Fionnuala brought so much enthusiasm and knowledge to the project, while always listening to our likes and dislikes. We began to trust her craft and knowledge from the off. Fionnuala drafted 3 different design possibilities and while all drawings worked, we ended up choosing one drawing in particular that suited our personalities & life style. However, we did end up incorporating a few aspects from the other drawings that Fionnuala had drafted as we loved all drawings. While our project is still a work in progress it is such a security net to have our drawings to work from, it keeps us focused and confident that we are going to have a great garden when we are complete. Working with Windy Acre Designs was such an enjoyable and energetic experience, I would totally recommend Fionnuala to everyone and I wish her and her business all the very best in the future.
We engaged Fionnuala to plan and design our garden over 2 years ago. We are delighted with the output of this work and the enjoyment and all year round viewing pleasure the garden gives us. Fee had the vision and was very helpful, patient and understanding at all stages in the process she kept us on schedule when challenges arose. She motivated us to get the outcome which we are now proud off. During design she listened and kept delivering alternatives until we agreed a final choice. The choice of options was extensive and she interpreted our asks to deliver outcomes that now change season on season throughout the year, the colour schemes and changing seasons mean we enjoy the garden and all year round.
My purpose is to get people from all walks of life out into their gardens by using the space to its full potential. People work very hard in order to buy a house and furnish it - while I often feel the value of the garden is under estimated and underutilized. Read More…