Garden Designer and Horticulturist, Bernie O’Reilly, studied in the National Botanic Gardens and ITB and attained a BSc (Hons) Horticulture in 2013. Since setting up her garden design business, Sage ’n' Thyme, she has completed numerous residential garden projects in the Dublin, Meath, Monaghan, Cavan & Leitrim areas. Bernie also secured a Certificate of Distinction in the Postcard Garden category at Bloom 2019 for a garden designed and built in collaboration with St. Oliver Plunkett NS Parents Gardening Group, Navan, Co. Meath depicting children’s literature through flowers, planting and art.
Early in her life, thanks to the experience of living on her family farm in Leitrim, Bernie discovered what turned out to be a life long connection with nature and gardening. She found in a garden the possibility of secret retreats to suit particular moods, each with its own private world. It was this that cultivated her approach to garden design and a desire to create 'a journey through the garden.'
While her client base is predominantly residential, Bernie also creates design solutions for community gardens which are naturalistic and respectful of the environment while sustaining and attracting wildlife.
Bernie also provides workshops to groups on how to grow their own organic fresh fruits and vegetables.
An enthusiastic plants-person, Bernie uses her extensive plant knowledge to create naturalistic planting schemes which enhance the mood of the space and excites the observer with each season. She works closely with her clients to create desirable, functional & sustainable gardens that work in harmony with their surroundings.
She offers a full garden design service with 3-D computer drawings, advice on plant selection, as well as offering horticulture consultancy services.