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The Sustainable seafood garden

By Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne. “The Sustainable seafood garden” tells the story of the journey from tide to table of the fish and seafood that surround and inhabit the island and the multitude of people and industries that support it.

The Sustainable seafood garden by Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne

This journey starts in the water and ends on a plate and it is the fabulous bounty it produces that the garden hopes to celebrate. The garden was designed to illustrate how the fishing industry has been modernized and developed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara in an ecological and sustainable way into the industry it is today.  The garden encourages an appreciation of the incredible resources, industries and produce that this island has to offer and reminds us that it is in all of our interest to protect it.

The Sustainable seafood garden by Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne

There are two piers in this garden one traditional and one modern. The purpose of these structures was to highlight how the very old tradition of fishing has been modernized into the cutting edge thriving industry it is today. The fishing boat is an obvious center piece, reminding us of the people and industry behind the seafood we love. In order to continue our celebration of seafood, it is fitted with and outdoor kitchen where some of Ireland's top chefs demonstrated how the wide range of Irish seafood can be prepared.

The Sustainable seafood garden by Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne

The garden was inspired by the Irish coastline and the inlets and bays that connect to it.  As such the ground often appears sparse, rocky and wind swept. However, on closer inspection, these areas can produce a bounty of flora. The garden is set in a harbor close to the coast and surrounded by mountains and birch woodland. The aim was to be inspired by the native plants and trees that inhabit our coastline but also to recognize that in many of these areas, unique micro climates exist that allow us to grow non-native species that might not otherwise survive.

The Sustainable seafood garden by Ireland based garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne

Plant list

Wildflowers

Prunella vulgaris
Malva moschata
Achillea millefolium
Leucanthemum vulgare
Origanum vulgare
Rumex acetosa
Hypericum perforatum
Primula veris
Silene dioica
Lychnis flos-cuculi
Stachys officinalis
Centaurea nigra
Daucus carota
Galium verum
Knautia arvensis
Lotus corniculatus
Ranunculus acris
Rhinanthus minor
Sanguisorba minor
Plantago lanceolata
Filipendula ulmaria
Trifolium pratense
Vicia cracca
Silene latifolia
Geranium pratense
Linaria vulgaris
Leontodon hispidus
Hypochaeris radicata

 

Grasses

Festuca ovina glauca 'Golden Toupee'
Deschampsia cespitosa

 

Trees

Betula pendula

 

Shrubs

Arbutus unedo
Prostanthera cuneata
Rhododendron molle subsp. japonicum

 

Ferns

Athyrium filix-femina
Asplenium trichomanes
Osmunda regalis
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Athyrium filix-femina 'Frizelliae'
Adiantum capillus-veneris

 

Herbaceous plants

Angelica archangelica
Armeria maritima
Achillea 'Moonshine'
Erodium manescaui
Silene uniflora 'Robin Whitebreast'
Ammi majus
Sedum spurium 'Coccineum'
Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'
Campanula poscharskyana
Pilosella aurantiaca
Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge'
Primula beesiana
Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'
Filipendula vulgaris
Daucus carota 'Dara'
Trollius x cultorum 'Cheddar'
Geum triflorum
Bupleurum rotundifolium bronze-leaved
Centranthus lecoqii
Aruncus dioicus 'Zweiweltenkind'
Designed by Andrew Christopher Dunne