Barbara Kelso Garden Design

  • Higher National Certificate (HNC with Distinction) in Garden Design from North Down and Ards Institute of Further and Higher Education.
  • Certificate (with Distinction) in Horticulture from Queens University
  • 'Garden Design Student of the Year' award.
  • I was heavily involved in the design and build of the Gold medal winning NDAI exhibition garden at the 2006 Garden Show Ireland, in the King's Hall, Belfast. The judges included Bunny Guinness, Dermot O'Neill, John Cushnie and Cherrie McIlwaine.
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Whether designing for a large country garden or an intimate courtyard, I offer a stylish solution sympathetic to its location, from traditional to modern and contemporary. The focus is on structure, shape and proportions to achieve a functional and aesthetically pleasing design with logical progression and movement throughout the garden. My designs offer simplicity and elegance, characterised by their strong and confident layout, complemented by natural materials with exquisite planting. With a passion for plants and a wide plant knowledge, I am able to suggest more unusual varieties where they would be suitable, bringing the garden to life with their colour, scent, texture, form and year-round impact.

I am a member of Carrickfergus Garden Society and the Irish Garden Plant Society, which assists in the conservation of garden plants, especially those raised in Ireland.

You will find me friendly, professional and reliable. I set out to create a beautiful garden with a heart and soul, a place where people want to be.

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