Nikki Tibbles Gives Kildare Village A Green Makeover

London-based florist and owner of WILD AT HEARTNIKKI TIBBLES tells us the inspiration behind her garden redesign at KILDARE VILLAGE


Ireland is renowned for its lush, green, rolling landscapes, and this really was the initial inspiration for Kildare Village. Green, white, natural and texture were all words that sprung to mind. The country’s majestic forests, and wonderful beauty is all inspiration to me. I was also keen to look at Irish heritage and everything that makes Ireland one of my favourite countries in the world.

Each village I am working on reflects the heritage of the country and the lifestyle of the people. Light, texture, scent is very important to me. I want people to come to the village, to be able to sit in a lovely shaded area that is beautifully scented, and to really enjoy spending time there.

In Ireland, I love that you can walk, and walk, and walk, and truly be at one with yourself. It’s the perfect escape from my London life, and the perfect place to walk my five rescue dogs. I love the different shades of green, and that the countryside always looks so lush.

I really like the Breezeway area [in Kildare Village] with its large planted trees and light bulbs overhanging. It’s a nice communal eating area to spend time in, relax and take a break from shopping. I want customers to feel part of the village and not only visit Kildare Village to shop and eat, but to enjoy spending time in the green spaces full of lush plants, trees and wonderful scent.

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