In Irish Gardens open to the Public
Wildflowers In Irish Gardens open to the Public
where DBN wildflowers have been sown:
Battle of the Boyne Field.
Duchas. Open to the public
Cabinteely Park. Wildflower meadows, 2 H.a. (open free to Public)
Larchill Arcadian Garden,
Ard Gardens, Skibbereen, Co Cork
Glenveagh Castle Gardens, National Park Donegal. A botanical collection
of our flora was requested for botanical or conservation reasons.
Killarney National Park, Killarney, Co Kerry
Waterfall Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
Mount Usher Gardens,
Fota Wildlife Park
and Golf Course, Fota island, Cork
Knockanrawley Resource Centre, Co Tip.
Wood. Environmental Centre.
Lucan Demesne, large
wildflower park in the Liffey Valley.
Strokestown House (Back Meadow).
Abbeyfeale Riverside Park Designed
by DBN and local community 1996.
Visit our largest park landscape to-date at
Abbeyfeale. Co. Limerick.
Moat of Ardscull
- Wildflower park, Athy. Co Kildare. On Route N78, north of Athy. (open free to Public) 0.3
hunger Memorial Garden, Battery City Park. lower Manhattan. USA
gardens with native and/or Design By Nature Wildflowers
Timoleague Castle Gardens
Lisselan Estate Gardens
The River House Garden
Glebe Gardens & Gallery
West Cork Herb Gardens
The Ewe Art Retreat
Carraig Abhainn Gardens
Durrus Tropical House
Bantry House & Gardens
Larchwood House Garden
The Mills Inn Castle & Gardens
Moygownagh Community Council
Tullynally Castle Gardens
Lodge Park Walled Garden
The Talbot Botanic Gardens
National Botanic Gardens
Ram House Gardens
John F. Kennedy Arboretum
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall
Ilnacullin Garinish Island
Glanleam Subtropical Gardens
Hotel Dunloe Castle Gardens
Glin Castle Gardens
Tearmann Si by Mary Reynolds RHS Chelsea 2002
Chelsea Irish Garden, Gold Medal, DBN supplied wildflowers for the Award winning Celtic garden at The Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower show 2002
in Public Gardens:
Wildflowers can occur naturally in many old
Irish Gardens, where they occur they are valued and add historical effect,
attract wildlife and improve the landscape.
The visitor generally supports the planting of native species, especially
where they are explained with proper interpretation.
In new gardens and public open spaces,
wildflowers can add dramatic effect while other species are growing to
The site for of wildflowers can be in
woodland, wetland or meadow ecologies or specified areas, such as under
hedges, along driveways and around trees
The cost can be reduced if DBN
are contacted by email early and before works commence.
Get advice before the design stage, carry out a flora survey, and specify
to the design team that you wish to keep existing native flora, thus
If wildflowers are to be introduced then
sowing is cost effective. There is no need to till or turn the soil, just
make level and kill off the existing vegetation. Then sow and roll the
seed into the surface
An ideal time to sow wildflowers is during improvements, where bare soil
Do not delay, spray weed germination off, and sow as if seed can be sown
before the weeds germinate the flora will get off to a great start.
Wild flowers are more difficult to establish in existing grass, however on
regular cutting may help this process, seek our advice
and specialist mixtures.
As mentioned many Gardens have existing flora, managing this should be the
first consideration, Protect it.
Survey and look for existing species, they may not be flowering at the
time of the survey so keep a notebook handy to record all the wildlife on
the course, after one year you will be surprised how many species can be
Check in 'out of the way places' and see what the local ecology is, are
the existing species stable or in retreat? Such as in the shaded areas.
Can these areas be increased by raising awareness, training of staff,
notices and if required, fencing off these areas, especially if they need
help. Simple ideas like covering nearby ground with cut grass 'mulch'
generated elsewhere can create areas for the spread of many species.
3 simple questions:
- Are existing places in danger of change,
for example, are wetland species in danger of being drained? Are
woodland soils sheltered and shaded? Are meadows with flora, cut at
the right time and managed to protect the flora.
- Many old gardens have native orchids
and other rare species, is there a management plan for these?
- Is there a plan for invasive weeds, as
well as fertiliser and herbicide use, what safeguards are there to
avoid chemical use in flora and fauna rich special areas?
meadow changes colour with the seasons.
A meadow should
be green all summer (even in drought) until just before it finishes
flowering in mid or late summer (depending on mixture).
It will then become golden yellow in colour and need to be cut back and
cleaned up after flowering. The seeds will fall out 3-6 weeks after
In autumn, a meadow will reflect the seasons change as it recovers from
its final cut.
In wintertime, your meadow should remain a grassy.
In the first two years it will have some bare patches, where seeds will
germinate. Give it time to improve, if you feel it is too bare you can
over sow it with wild grass. Use bent but no ryegrass, if you like the
blazing colours of the annuals that grew in the first year create island
beds for them in the meadow and rotavate these every autumn. Use Annual Mix No EC07, (seek advice).
does a meadow look like?
In the early years when you first sow your
meadow it should grow to an even height with a blaze of colour, especially
if you sow extra annuals.
New meadows tend to flower in high summer for 12 weeks or more. Over time
the meadow will have more species, flower for longer and at different
heights but not in a single blaze.
Older meadows are better viewed from close
up. In older meadow the flora will be far more complex and
interesting due to the diversity of species and range of colourful
Create a wildflower path through the meadow so you can see the flowers
close up, cut the grass with a lawn mower and keep it very short. So there
is work after all!
Wildflowers are functional plants, they can
be used to benefit wildlife & stop erosion. Meadows are more than
pretty they are ecosystems.
Instruction: Natural succession
In the wild, meadows take years to evolve. Wildflowers
usually follow a clear succession in becoming a meadow.
The wildflower grower aims to regularly cut a meadow at least one or twice
per year to halt the succession and spread of grasses, shrubs or even
secret of growing a great meadow falls
to halting its natural succession just before the taller tougher grasses
take over and the 'meadow starts thinking it's a forest'.
In nature, Annual species grow first, then Biennials flower in the second
Perennial herbaceous plants and fine grasses then succeed these.
In time in an uncut meadow taller tougher grass species arrive & kill
We must cut to control the spread of these grasses, as they cannot survive
regular cutting. Annuals and Biennials die off and do not reappear unless
they are species suited to growing in grassland.
Where (grass dependent species) semi-parasitic annual species of old hay
meadows occur such as Bartsia, Eyebright, Loosewort or Yellow Rattle.
Yellow Rattle reduces the growth of grass and is essential to most
meadows, it can be over sown into existing grassland and needs low
temperatures to germinate. All the above species are disappearing in the
wild. (Such species are supplied in mixtures, often with a host grass at
0.5% of total seed quantity, and may also be included in pure 100%