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Locked down in my apartment, I'm cultivating a serious case of garden envy

Katie Byrne


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Helen Dillon’s seaside garden in Monkstown

Helen Dillon’s seaside garden in Monkstown

Helen Dillon’s seaside garden in Monkstown

I can't stop looking at other people's gardens. Japanese courtyard gardens within modern architectural masterpieces. Wild, naturalistic gardens that blend into bucolic dreamscapes. Zero-waste urban gardens in the middle of gentrified neighbourhoods - the list goes on.

Like everyone else, I've been spending more time indoors, yet most of my downtime is spent ogling over photos of the great outdoors.

I've virtually visited Helen Dillon's seaside garden in Monkstown and wondered how she makes her dustbin planters look charming and rustic whereas my attempts look, well, a bit rubbish.