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Bloom 2017 Small Garden - Stem Cell

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Stem Cell

In Ireland’s monastic tradition the ‘cell’ is seen as a retreat from the world and Hugh hopes that ‘Stem Cell’ can be viewed as a modern retreat with stems, i.e. plants. Here the walls of the ‘cell’ have been exploded and re-arranged to give a semi-enclosed space where screening is provided by both the walls and the embracing plants.

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With over 50% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, the pressure on space and the environment means that the concept of the ‘garden’ is rapidly changing. The escape offered by public gardens, as well as by private gardens, takes on an even greater significance, and the task of designing smaller spaces which can offer a sense of sanctuary as opposed to the feeling of being ‘hemmed-in’ becomes crucial.

Hugh Ryan.

Hugh Ryan

After studying architecture at Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street (1969-1973), Hugh turned his attention to landscape design in 1977. He draws his inspiration from both the natural and the built environment and believes that the skill of designing is to not only resolve the requirement of the client and of the site but to go beyond this and to endeavor to create a garden that will become a thing of beauty, capable of affecting our emotions. Hugh loves to travel and is happiest when he is exploring new ideas and new methods, and in so doing, attempting to develop new ways of combining form and shape, along with color and movement. He is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers and the Institute of Designers in Ireland.(View profile)

Source: Bloom 2017 Small Garden - Stem Cell

Featured Event


11 September 2017 - 13 September 2017

The NEC @ North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT, UK

Glee Birmingham 2017

Join us at Glee 2017 to see the launch of hundreds of new products, discover the future customer buying trends and seize the opportunity to meet over 500 suppliers!

At Glee we bring the most exciting exhibitors together with the most powerful and influential visitors and buyers in the industry. Spread across 8 select show sectors Glee offers three jam-packed days of networking, selling and purchasing which are not to be missed. Whilst discovering the latest in innovative products, you can also meet hundreds of new and existing suppliers all under one roof. Taking place at the perfect time of year to re-stock your shelves just before Christmas, Glee is the most crucial garden trade event in any retailer’s calendar.

Offering thousands of the newest and most inspirational garden retail products from over 550+ suppliers, Glee welcomes all kinds of exhibitors from across 8 carefully edited show sectors. If you have your own brand, garden centre, shop or make or grow your own products, we have a spot just for you. With visitors from multiples, independents and online retailers, it’s the perfect opportunity to launch and showcase your product collections, nurture your existing relationships and grow new ones.

Date, Time & Location
11 to 13 September 2017

The NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Mon 11 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Tues 12 Sept - 9:00 - 18:00
Wed 13 Sept - 9:00 - 16:00