See below our section in The Open Garden of Ireland Book published in 2017

Formality, personality and enthusiasm are not words found regularly sharing a space. Paula Byrne is someone whose garden combines all three with seeming ease. I use the word seeming because walking around between beds stuffed with roses and herbaceous perennials, tied in by solid box walls, edged with military-neat stone paths, backed by even neater beech and hornbeam hedges, it is still, for some unfathomable reason, possible to be fooled into believing that this all just happened. Paula is a woman with the magic formula. She is only partially interested in what varieties of rose and peony she grows. Cannot always recall the names of the tulips, but she has no hesitation remembering the name of the friend who helped build this gate or that greenhouse, this obelisk or that fence. I love her garden in a way I do not always love formal gardens. It has her pleasant personality sprinkled everywhere. This is no surprise. She works it every single day. Rain only ever stops play momentarily, sending her into one of several little painted sheds or shelter until the shower passes and from what I could see, when inside the sheds she is busy arranging the tools, pots and whatnots so that they too look great. Jealousy trailed behind me on my walk. Back out in the garden she loves her David Austen roses and plants them by the dozen, woven through with repeat plantings of blue haze nepeta and all sorts of hardy geraniums, crocosmia and anthemis, libertia and bulbs. The explosions of flower look even more explosive hemmed in by the box and beech, see-through trellis and step-over espaliered apples. This is three acres divided into a number of garden rooms around the house. Glimpses of one can be caught when you are in another. Meanwhile, views of the Meath countryside can be caught through cream-coloured park fencing, elegant iron gates with even a little turnstile in one place. Paula’s sense of style is even carried into the vegetable garden where there are as many flowers as vegetables. The apple trees are under planted with flowers and there are distracting cherry fields visible over the hedge. This garden would make a scruff want to pull up their socks.

 

 

See below our featured article in The Irish Garden Magazine published in July 2016