Lorna Vallely

About Lorna Vallely

Lorna Vallely is a garden designer. Lorna’s association with gardens began in Co. Kildare in Ireland where she grew up surrounded by large, rambling gardens belonging to family members. Lorna moved to Australia in 1986, practicing as a Physiotherapist. In 2000, she moved to a property near Crookwell on the Southern Tablelands of NSW and inherited a large country garden. Lorna obtained a degree in Environmental Horticulture at CSU, graduating in 2012. As well as designing mainly large, country gardens, she has written garden articles for the Crookwell Gazette and was Chairperson of the inaugural Crookwell Garden Festival in 2015. Lorna launched her new venture, Garden Tours of Ireland to meet the needs of discerning garden lovers who want to include the gardens of Ireland in their travels. She continues to design gardens in Ireland under her Ground Designs banner.

Malahide Castle gardens

Malahide Castle and its gardens, north of Dublin city in County Dublin, are a very worthwhile visit for at least three reasons. The first is the historic Malahide Castle itself, owned continuously for about 800 years by the Talbot family. The lands and harbour of Malahide were granted to founder Richard Talbot by Henry II in return for his part played in the Anglo- Norman invasion of Ireland.

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Heywood Gardens, an Irish gem

There are but a handful of gardens in Ireland designed by the Englishman Edwin Lutyens and Heywood Gardens is one of them. As if this isn’t recommendation enough, he collaborated with the renowned plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll in designing the formal gardens at Heywood in about 1912.

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