It is fitting that the exceptionally talented Oliver Schurmann, owner of Mount Venus Nursery leads this tour around the garden of the great artist and painter Philippa Bayliss. The concept for this garden was based largely on 17th century Chinese landscape paintings so you can expect lots of jagged rocks, planting between rocks and into gravel, small trees and a recently installed stunning sculpture of a seed head. Visitors are promised lots of ideas that can be recreated in different contexts in a small space of a ¼ acre.
Oliver Schurmann with his wife Liat runs Mount Venus Nursery in Dublin, a specialist nursery for unusual perennials and grasses, established in 2000. Oliver and Liat have designed various show gardens and floral exhibits winning many gold medals at Bloom. They are known for creating gardens that are unusual and extraordinary. Both trained in a specialist nursery in Germany and are very much influenced by the continental and practical approach to good design. Their broad knowledge of plants and the accessibility to growers enables them to create detailed and diverse planting schemes, with the aim of achieving a well-balanced plant society resulting in sustainability and low maintenance and always with the ecological approach in mind.
The Meadows is positioned in a small estate in Myshall village with views extending to the Wicklow Mountains, the Carlow Ridge and Mount Leinster. The plot at No. 7 is about a third of an acre and slopes steeply into the hillside with the back shaded by sycamores. In front of the house there are plantings of pampas grass, miscanthus, dwarf and prostate conifers, orange fennel, watsonia, kniphofia, fox gloves, heathers and catmint. The back garden is planted with an informal hedge of shrub roses and some interesting trees interspersed with mostly herbaceous plants, set into gravel. This area has been designed with low maintenance in mind, needing no mechanical tools and only intermittent hard work to keep it in order.