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Thursday 18 January 2018

'Therapeutic horticulture' proves a real stress buster for city slickers

Garden Designer Kevin Dennis in his garden ‘Living Oasis’ by Santa Rita. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Garden Designer Kevin Dennis in his garden ‘Living Oasis’ by Santa Rita. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Laura Lynott

Therapeutic horticulture will help city dwellers unwind after a long day at the office.

Creating a city oasis is a top priority for Kevin Dennis, founder of Cityscape Gardener.

Taxi-man-turned-horticulturalist Mr Dennis has designed the largest plot at this year's Bloom festival; Living Oasis by Santa Rita 'Living La Vida 120'.

He believes that the garden, developed since last October, will offer a sanctuary to the 100,000 people who visit the event this year.

His garden celebrates how outdoor spaces should be cherished and utilised to capture special moments in people's lives.

And the almost evangelical way the father-of-two talks about his plot is symbolic of the vision he wants to see recreated in our city homes, regardless of size.

"The garden draws you into a space that makes you feel you're going into an oasis.

"Having a beautiful garden, with nice plants around, helps create a natural buzz from it.

"We cannot underestimate the power of a garden. I believe gardening is a way of life."

The expansive plot is 19 metres long and 10 metres wide.

The creation has an impressive water pool at its centre with a white hanging Moroccan-style pavilion overhead.

Vines stretch downward "drenching" a seating area, while trees and plants are dotted around to lovingly create a multi-textured and exotic palette.

"It's the process of creating a garden, enjoying the plants," Mr Dennis said.

Bord Bia's Bloom Festival in association with Independent News & Media runs at Phoenix Park from June 1-5.

Irish Independent

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