Glossy Wedding Gift Guide: The Gift of a Garden

Every couple will welcome a GIFT FOR THEIR GARDEN, or the gift of some help in DESIGNING ONE

 

Whether moving into a new house, renovating an old one, or trying to create a green oasis on the balcony of their apartment, every couple will welcome a gift for their garden, or the gift of some help in designing one. Some garden landscaping services offer complete design packages and builds (including hard landscaping and planting) for a fixed price, while some garden centres offer the materials and plants to make a specific type of garden. Almost every centre and nursery offers gift cards. And a teak or stone loveseat is always a romantic gift. Be sure to include a rambling rose, like Himalayan Musk, which flowers briefly but brilliantly, to trail over an arch above it.

 

At Arboretum in Carlow, find a huge array of trees and plants as well as smart garden furniture like a classic teak Lutyens bench.

Arboretum, Old Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow; www.arboretum.ie.

 

At Windy Ridge Nurseries and Garden Centre, in Dun Laoghaire, Garden Centre of the Year 2017, a well-tended selection of vigorous plants awaits the budding gardener – a gift card for €500 (the purchase shared among friends) will stock a small garden nicely. Elho lightweight plastic pots are smart and modern.

Windy Ridge, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin; www.windyridgegardencentre.ie.

 

Check out this very nice idea from Caragh Nurseries, in Naas, Co Kildare – Planting Packs for different styles of garden. From €280 (Cottage Garden) to €450 (Mediterranean Garden), you can have all the appropriate plants delivered to the just-married, so they can create a little piece of paradise in their own style. Contemporary and Woodland Planting Packs are also available.

Caragh View, Stickins, Naas, Co Kildare, www.caraghnurseries.ie.

 

A gift card from The Orchard (available up to €500) means an opportunity to choose at leisure from garden furniture, Weber barbecues, parasols, and every other accessory you can imagine for the garden, including the ubiquitous fire pit and the now fashionable log store. With this gift, particularly nice for spring and summer weddings, you can practically guarantee yourself an invitation to the party which will follow once the outside space has been set to rights.

The Orchard, Dublin Road, Celbridge, Co Kildare, www.theorchard.ie.

Sarah McDonnell

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