This pretty 1890s lodge with its sunny, square back garden that was rescued from a dreadful fate as the car park for a nearby pub. When the Dillons became its savior the property was run down, there were a few old apple trees in the garden and the house had no electricity.


On a tour of private gardens, this is the home of the brother of garden writer, Helen Dillon. They took a dilapidated old house and turned it into a beautiful example of what can be done with a small backyard in Ireland. The Cornus controversa ‘Variagata’ dogwood was especially fetching at this time in May.

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