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Grand Opening Of Our Good Cause Garden

Thursday, 17 May 2007


Blathnaid is live from Carrigoran House in Clare to open our Good Cause Garden.

Details On Some Of The Gardens New Features
Lavender Area
Eugene will be block planting lavender in the garden. They will be an important feature in the garden as they are easy to maintain as well as having long reaching benefits for the elderly. Since the dawn of time, they have been used for their soothing properties. In ancient times, it was put in bouquets of flowers, and the aroma aided the elderly in sleep and relaxing their minds. .The essential oil of lavender aids in rest and relaxation and thereby encourages the healing process in elderly patients. It is also proven to improve mental alertness and energy during the day. Lavender leaves have often been placed in bath water when people were feeling sick, stressed or suffering with arthritis.

Eugene will be planting sorbus trees, which are an important feature to the garden. They are a native tree that flower beautiful, red berries. They are extremely easy to maintain and won't grow to unnecessary sizes.

Patio Slabs
Outhaus supplied the slabs for our upper area.
Pompeii Silver Grey Granite
Granite is an igneous rock which has cooled slowly, allowing distinctive crystal patterns to form. These crystals are clearly visible to the naked eye. This particular paving is silver grey Pompeii granite from China. Granite is one of the oldest, most durable and most respected of building materials. Traditionally, it is the material chosen by both architects and engineers when permanence, enduring colour and texture combined with complete freedom from deterioration and maintenance, are prime requirements.
Although granite is one of the world's oldest building materials, it is also one of the most popular, used in contemporary designs. Each piece of granite is created deep in the earth from magma. It has a very dense grain which helps it endure the toughest of weather conditions whilst making its stain resistance one of the best in natural materials.

Acheson-Glover supplied the slabs for our lower area
Terrapave Natural Aggregate Flags

These slabs are a uniquely attractive and cost effective alternative to traditional paving for patios and pathways. Natural Aggregate Flags in both ground and textured finishes set any project apart with a distinctive and lasting visual impact rich in natural appeal.
We carefully select our aggregate from quarries throughout Europe. Flags are then manufactured to precise tolerances in a choice of colours in our state-of-the-art factory which makes laying faster and easier. Today landscape designers working in partnership with paving specialist Acheson & Glover have unsurpassed scope for new ideas.

Natural Aggregate Flags are available in two sizes: 400x400x50mm and 600x400x50mm.
Natural Aggregate flags are available in choice of colours from neutral greys to vibrant buff and greens.

The Green Roof On The Gazebo

Green roofs in Tokyo cover 20% of new buildings and 30% of public ones. The advantages are numerous, to absorb emissions and pollutions, to cool the city down as there will be less concrete reflecting the heat, better insulations etc The environmental benefits of turf and green roofs are widely recognised, while roof gardens and roof terraces provide much-needed outdoor space in urban areas.

Due to the high degree of insulation that they provide, green roofs are known for their ability to provide an extremely constant temperature throughout the year. During the winter they keep the heat in, and in the summer they provide a relatively cool environment. Green roofs also have the ability to soften harsh edges of buildings in sensitive environments, making them blend in with the surrounding area.Turf and green roofs provide habitat for insects and other wildlife.

Methods of construction differ between pitched green roofs and flat green roofs. Flat green roofs can be either extensive (have a thin layer of growing material such as sedum matting) or intensive (greater soil depth with shrubs and even trees). Green roofs are also great for garden sheds that place a bit of nature on top of the multitude of garden sheds. Birds love them as they are being cut out of the garden with the horror of the low maintenance garden. The green roof over the gazebo in our garden will hopefully attract some wildlife into the garden.

Water Features
One request that Carrigoran House had, was to reactivate part of the water feature that used to be a large (if not extremely dangerous) feature of the garden. The feature had not been used in years and had become more of a large pit that had to be filled with rubble and hardcore. We sourced a beautiful slate monolith water feature to activate instead of the original one. It is a natural product that is pre-drilled so that water shoots up the middle. It looks beautiful with a light reflecting against it. Water features are ideal in sensory gardens for the elderly as the running water creates a therapeutic soothing effect.

Japanese Lanterns
Lanterns were originally introduced into Japan by China. The first ones were made of metal and primarily used to light doorways to shrines and temples. They were later made of stone for use in gardens, but it wasn't until they were introduced into japanese tea gardens by tea-master Sen-no-Rikkyu did they really become a major garden element. Japanese tea ceremonies were often held in the evenings and light was needed to guide guests to the tea room.
Japanese lanterns can be classified into four basic categories; tachi-gata (pedestal lanterns), ikekomi-gata (buried lanterns), oki-gata (small, set lanterns) and yukimi-gata (snow viewing lanterns). Today, japanese stone lanterns are primarily used for garden enhancements and for visual delight.
The yukimi is named "snow viewing" because as the granite lantern cap captures the snow fall, the lantern is believed to be at it's greatest beauty reflecting the purity of simple lines. Yukimi lanterns are very popular used near water elements and the roofs are found both in hexagon and round in shape.

For More Information

Eugene Higgins
Colour Green
Tel: 057 9355840 or 01 8674317

The traditional band:
Irish Traditional Music Institute

For the building work you saw contact:
Martins Construction
Co Tipperary
061 378841
Fax  061 378841

Digger featured from:
Carey Tools  - tool hire Ennis
Tel: Cork: 021 431 2222/ Clare:  065 682 1156

Building Equipment:
Mid West Plant Hire
Unit 5/6, Clare Marts,
Co. Clare
Tel: 065 6892727

Patio Slabs - 2 types
Sapphire and Pompeii granite flags with limestone detail
OutHaus Group
Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17

Rimini Textured Flags
Acheson Glover
Dublin Office: 01 8325699.
Contact: Caroline & Karen.
Web Site:
Email: dublinsales'

Water Features - slate water feature, pump, 3 pyramid granite water feature are available from:
OutHaus Group
Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17

Hardcore and Sand supplied by:
Ryan Bros (Ennis) Ltd.
Toonagh Quarries
Contact: 065 683 7644

Cement supplied by:
Market Hardware (Ennis) Ltd
Address: Quin Road Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare
Contact person:
Tel: 065-6828232

Oasis of Flowers:
Blooms Florist,
Upper Market St,
Co. Clare.
Tel: 065 684 8614

Gazebo, handrail and woodwork from:
JMC Decking
Unit 1, Ballybeg, Ennis
Contact: 065 684 2778

Apex Roof:
IBC in Ireland
01 832 1005
Fresh Flowers:
Blooms Florist,
Upper Market St,
Co. Clare.
Tel: 065 684 8614

Suttons Lighting,
St. Fallan's Drive,
Co. Clare.
Tel: 065 682 4045
Fax: 065 684 1994

Michael McTigue Sculptor,
Sculptor Society of Ireland,
Tel: 065 682 0351

Bark Chips:
Clare West Recycling Ltd.
Co. Clare
Tel: 061 921 691

Co. Clare
Tel: 065 689 3408

Glenbrook Nurseries
Co Clare
Tel: 061 921401

Cooking and labour:
Dromoland Castle,
Newmarket on Fergus,
Co. Clare
Tel: 061 368 144

Limerick Instant Lawns
The Hill Murroe,
Co. Limerick
Call: 061 386948

Gary Mullins

AV Plumbing

Summer benches/ tables:
Shannonside Timber Frame Ltd.

Japanese Features/ Lanterns:
Gerry Lehane
Lehane Landscapes
087 9516165

Blooms Florists
74 Upper Market
Cronins Yard
065 6848614

Wooden Table Ornaments Supplied By
Declan Hayes,
Limerick Rd,
Newmarket On Fergus,

Shannon Castle Lime