A blast from the past: photographs of visits to Helen and Val Dillon’s garden in 2003/4/5, came up unexpectedly today. A publication has asked me for photographs of another garden and the search took me to an old external hard drive with photographs dating back to my first digital camera. Browsing such collections inevitably leads to refreshing memories, brings up forgotten days and reminds us of pleasant days and, as we have had many very enjoyable visits to The Dillon Garden over the years and as Helen and Val have moved and made a new garden, there is a certain nostalgia in looking back at 45 Sandford Road, Renelagh.
The exact date escapes me but the photographs of March 2003 appear to show the back garden shortly after the removal of Val’s most perfect lawn – and also the cause of heart-breaking work for him – and its replacement by a shallow canal bordered by wide limestone paving.
Other views from March 2003
The redesign of the front garden occurred between our July 2004 visit and that of March 2005 with, again, a tasteful use of limestone paving and a simpler planting than had been there for many years.
Three views of the front garden in July 2004 – before it was redesigned over the winter of 2004/05
Views of the canal in July 2004, with the typical full and colour co-ordinated planting for which Helen was famous.
A slideshow of other photographs from July 2004:
The Dillon Garden is now at Seafield Avenue, Monkstown, a different and, as might be expected, another beautiful garden. Details of open days and lessons can be found at: http://dillongarden.com/
The front garden in March 2005 after its redesign over the previous winter.
And, finally, a slideshow of other photographs from March 2005