Garden Design Reviews


Having decided it was time to change my 1940’s, much neglected, garden into a beautiful, low maintenance garden that would give me joy and delight, I approached  Claire Hawker of ‘Willow Garden Design’.  I knew I needed help from an expert to plan this transformation and to find plants that would suit my garden soil and challenging light conditions. I have a hot south-facing wall with border in front, but also a north-facing, dry, overgrown area with large trees overhanging.  Claire turned out to be the perfect choice.  From beginning to end, the planning and completion process was easy and stress free.  I felt included in every stage of the project and the end result reflects my garden style  I was constantly impressed by Claire and her team.  Claire is easy to work with, replied to questions promptly and is an excellent communicator.  She was up-front about all the details, costs and when the work could be done.  Claire and her team provided great plant choices and in-depth advice, as well as transparency and precision about costs.  The planning process was easy and stress-free.  The planting phase was the same.  The planting work was carried out with minimum disruption, intrusion or untidiness.  I was impressed by Claire’s professionalism, the value for money, the calm and fairness that Claire showed from beginning to end.  Thanks to Claire and her team, I have ended up with a beautiful garden that makes me smile every time I see it, and lifts my heart every time I am in it.   It was a joy to work with Claire and her team.  I cannot recommend Claire and ‘Willow Garden Design’ highly enough.  If you want an extraordinary, garden professional with encyclopaedic plant knowledge, flair, and creativity, then Claire and ‘Willow Garden Design’ is the best choice ….. because Claire and her team in ‘Willow Garden Design’ simply are the best!  …Garden Design Review by Bernard McC. (Dublin, 2020)

“Claire and her team have been just wonderful to work with and we are very happy with our newly rennovated garden. Firstly, Claire was creative, innovative and supportive in helping us to design the garden. She listened carefully to what we wanted and gave practical, generous and thoughtful advice. She has a talent for suggested exactly what would work best. When it came to the planting, she again identified a range of plants that work perfectly in our garden, having taken on board the range of criteria that we had. I would recommend Claire and her team unconditionally for any garden design and planting work.” Garden Design Review by Stephanie, Dalkey, January, 2018

“Following building works being carried out on our house and site in Monkstown last summer, we engaged Claire to totally re design our front and back gardens.   Claire was with us from the beginning of the Garden Design Process right through to the finish of the planting of the beautiful selection of trees, shrubs and plants.   From her vast knowledge and expertise, she was able to assist us in every way with all the decisions we had to make. Claire was very easy to deal with and to contact at any time.  Her professionalism, expertise, knowledge, and assistance throughout was exceptional.   She was a pleasure to work with, always a smile on her face, whatever the weather!  Her team were always excellent, prompt, clean, tidy, efficient, friendly, workers from start to finish.   We are so delighted we engaged Claire and her team from Garden Design Dublin to undertake the design of our gardens.  We could not have done it without her and her Team!  We would highly recommend Garden Design Dublin to any of our family or friends, without hesitation”………Garden Design Review by Ann, Monkstown, December, 2017

“My garden is FANTASTIC!!! Thank you so much for the wonderful consulting, design, horticulture expertise, support and advise you gave me on totally reinventing my garden. You have done an amazing job, and put so much time into understanding what design and planting would work for me and I am delighted with the tailored end result.   It has been a wonderful experience working with you………”  Garden Design Review by Brenda, Blanchardstown, Dublin, 30th March, 2017

“I knew I wanted something different when it came to my garden, it is quite small and color and texture were very important to me. From our initial meeting Claire understood what I was looking for and used her expertise to come up with, what I think, is a wonderful design both with the hard landscaping and the plants used. I can’t wait to see it in full bloom once spring arrives but even in winter it looks great and with the outdoor fire it even gets a little use. I would have no hesitation in recommending Claire and her team.”  Kate, Stepaside, Dublin

“I am pleased to recommend Claire Hawker as an outstanding garden designer.    She delivered a garden which everyone loves and I believe will stand the test of time”. Diane, Foxrock, Dublin

“I get great enjoyment out of my garden now and I constantly get compliments on how original and beautiful it is.  I continue to use Claire and her team for the upkeep of the garden and am very happy with their level of professionalism”.  Deidre, Aughrim, Co Wicklow

“We are thrilled with our garden and get tremendous pleasure admiring the plants and flowers as I work at the kitchen island!  The garden never fails to draw attention and compliments by all who visit us.   Claire has a wonderful talent, not only for identifying what her client might need or like but also for her creative skills and clever lateral thinking for overcoming problems and making them into features!” Helen, Blackrock, Dublin

I am so delighted I asked Claire to design this garden, as her creative ideas and dedication were so impressive.   I would highly recommend her as a Garden Designer for any project.   The result is a wonderful garden, which I have thoroughly enjoyed since its completion.”  Joan, Monkstown, Dublin

” I was very impressed with Claire’s ability to provide a number of design options.   The garden appears larger than it did in it’s original layout.   It is interesting, inviting and practical.  The planting is soft and pretty and adds to the enclosed warm feel.”   Helen, Leopardstown, Dublin

“We are very happy with our garden.  The patio consists of two interlocking sandstones circles that give the garden an interesting aspect.   As a project it was managed very well, everything happened in the correct sequence and we did not go over budget.  We have recommended Claire as a Garden Designer to a number of friends and are aware that they are also pleased with her work, attention to design and detail.   Claire’s approach is creative and professional and we have no hesitation in recommending her as a Garden Designer.”   Tina & Johnathan, Stillorgan, Dublin

“Claire’s recommendation on the paving and also the creation of 2 feature stone walls and matching stone look fantastic.  The planting took into account the family allergies which is realy great.   The lighting was used to maximun effect to highlight the features within the garden and it is lovely to look out of the patio doors even during the winter”  Helen, Stillorgan, Dublin

“Claire can take a broad and diverse set of inputs from clients and develop clear, creative and practical plans to suit not only what her clients say they want, but also help clients understand what they need and what is most practical for their situation. Claire took a blank canvas, listened to and explored all of our broad inputs to deliver terrific designs in a timely, professional and enjoyable manner” Danica, Greystones, Co Wicklow





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