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Patthana Garden


TJ Maher's first book GROUNDED in the GARDEN - An artist's guide to creating a beautiful garden in harmony with nature is available now from Pimpernel Press and can be ordered in our shop for immediate dispatch.

"In this intimate book, TJ Maher - artist, gardener, nature-lover and contemplative - elegantly combines his painter's insight with his plantsman's knowledge to present a masterclass in garden artistry." JANE POWERS

PRESS REVIEWS:- 

"A balm for the soul" - Sunday Times London

"A beautiful production" - Garden Design Journal UK (Book of the month)

"This delightful book definitely does not disappoint.  There are helpful plant recommendations and inspirational ideas for using pots and containers, and for creating borders...  The book conveys the real excitement that results in combining plants in fresh ways. " - House and Garden

"A beautiful production, intensely personal, contemplative and celebratory.  Maher's love of nature shines brightly throughout the book's beautifully illustrated pages, which are filled with sumptuous photography" - The Irish Times

"For those ready to roll up their sleeves and rediscover their green fingers, Grounded in the Garden is a fitting inspiration" - Sunday Times Ireland

"Discover plant and colour inspiration, and ideas for extending the season" - The English Garden

"Grounded in the Garden is remarkably and wonderfully far removed from being another dry, technical 'how-to' book, for the heart and soul of an artist beats through it and the sections dealing with the use of colour in the garden are especially good." - Paddy Tobin An Irish Gardener

"If you want a masterclass on how to create a garden (this) is an essential read.  I would buy it for the photographs alone" - Irish Country Magazine

"Beautifully illustrated.  Like its' author, it is thought-provoking and reflective" - The Irish Garden

"Grounded in the Garden offers a compelling read for both the seasoned gardeners and those discovering the joy of cultivating their own unique outdoor sanctuary." - The Journal RHSI Magazine

GROUNDED in the GARDEN explores the practical considerations that come into play when creating a beautiful garden which also respects nature.  
 

Patthana is home to TJ Maher and Simon Kirby, in Kiltegan, County Wicklow.  

The garden comprises of a lower cobbled courtyard with its Potting shed and a sunken meditation room leading to the main courtyard with a small wildlife pond. Both these areas house an extensive collection of plants from the hardy to the tender and exotic. Circular granite steps lead to the Inner garden with its borders of herbaceous perennials, tender plants and annuals and unusual shrubs and trees.  Patthana is gardened organically with many plants chosen for their attraction to wildlife.  In 2020, the garden was expanded following the purchase of adjoining land and a new exciting garden called the 'Torc' garden was created and opened to the public in 2021.

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Clive Nichols at Patthana garden
Sunrise in Autumn

Upcoming Events

  • Retreat - Celebration of the Self - Saturday the 22nd of June
    Retreat - Celebration of the Self - Saturday the 22nd of June
    Sat, 22 Jun
    Patthana Garden
    22 Jun 2024, 09:30 – 17:00
    Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, Ireland
    This is a day to explore and celebrate our own individuality and uniqueness. Through guided mediations, connecting to nature meditations, and a fire ceremony we reclaim our passion for life. More info in Buy Tickets.....
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  • Photography Masterclass with Clive Nichols
    Photography Masterclass with Clive Nichols
    Sat, 20 Jul
    Patthana Garden
    20 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 16:00
    Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    Join Clive Nichols, photographer extraordinaire, at Patthana Garden to learn how to get the most from your camera when photographing flowers, gardens, nature and landscapes. More info in Buy Tickets.....
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  • Retreat - Embracing Change - Thursday the 22nd of August
    Retreat - Embracing Change - Thursday the 22nd of August
    Thu, 22 Aug
    Patthana Garden
    22 Aug 2024, 09:30 – 17:00
    Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, Ireland
    This is a day to explore how embracing change in our lives releases us from old patterns and ways of being, allowing us to greet the future with openness and confidence. More info in Buy Tickets.....
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  • Full Bloom Celebration 24-Aug
    Full Bloom Celebration 24-Aug
    Sat, 24 Aug
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    24 Aug 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    August in Patthana Garden is bustling with wildlife and bursting with colour. Join TJ for an exclusive tour of the garden looking at his top performing and favourite plants in late summer. He will share how to grow these and how to get the most out of your late summer garden.
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  • Full Bloom Celebration 28-Aug
    Full Bloom Celebration 28-Aug
    Wed, 28 Aug
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    28 Aug 2024, 19:00 – 21:00
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    August in Patthana Garden is bustling with wildlife and bursting with colour. Join TJ for an exclusive tour of the garden looking at his top performing and favourite plants in late summer. He will share how to grow these and how to get the most out of your late summer garden.
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  • Full Bloom Celebration 31-Aug
    Full Bloom Celebration 31-Aug
    Sat, 31 Aug
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    31 Aug 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    August in Patthana Garden is bustling with wildlife and bursting with colour. Join TJ for an exclusive tour of the garden looking at his top performing and favourite plants in late summer. He will share how to grow these and how to get the most out of your late summer garden.
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  • Retreat - Connecting to the Heart - Wednesday the 18th of September
    Retreat - Connecting to the Heart - Wednesday the 18th of September
    Wed, 18 Sept
    Patthana Garden
    18 Sept 2024, 09:30 – 17:00
    Patthana Garden, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, Ireland
    This is a day to dissolve our busy minds and settle into our hearts, reminding ourselves to nurture and appreciate our individuality, giving ourselves the courage to live the life we choose includes fire ceremony, breathwork and guided meditations. More info in Buy Tickets.....
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  • Grounded in the Garden Presentation 21st September
    Grounded in the Garden Presentation 21st September
    Sat, 21 Sept
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    21 Sept 2024, 11:00 – 15:00
    Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, GPS: 52.9048235.606162199999972, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, 6, Ireland
    Join TJ for an exclusive illustrated presentation of 'Grounded in the Garden' with 130 beautiful slides as he explores topics from his book. This will be followed by lunch. And a guided tour of the garden looking at the Autumn jobs as we prepare the garden for winter. More info in Buy Tickets...
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Patthana Garden on
BBC Gardeners' World

(Winter Special 2021)


In the summer of 2021 BBC Gardeners' World came to Patthana Garden and here is our segment on the programme, which was aired on December 17th 2021.

 

Patthana Garden July 2019
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Patthana Garden May Tulips
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Patthana Garden in the Media

'The very ornate entrance gate to Patthana Garden, announces that there might be something interesting on the other side of these unassuming walls.  This is a garden that will take your breath away.  Bursting with uplifting, exuberant colour  and literally buzzing with life, it defies categorisation.'  - Clare Foster, House & Garden,  September 2022  

'The garden is a masterclass in garden design and planting.'  - Louise Curley, The English Garden, August 2022

"Patthana Garden - a masterclass in harmony" - Annie Gatti; Gardens Illustrated - April 2023

“Situated in Kiltegan village,  it is the garden of an artist, the painter TJ Maher, and it shows. Standing outside the old granite house, one gets no indication at all of the magical courtyard garden that lies behind the gates. There are so many distractions here. Each time one looks in a certain direction something unnoticed only a little while before becomes apparent. Patthana is a garden I ​wish I had created.” - Shirley Lanigan, The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland 2011

TJ gives presentations and talks to groups both in person and virtually.  Please use the link below to make arrangements with TJ.

Things to Do at Patthana Garden, County Wicklow

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TJ MAHER OWNER OF PATTHANA GARDEN

OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Garden in Wicklow

The garden is open to the general public from noon to 5 pm every Friday and  Sunday from the April until the end of September.  

GROUPS AT OTHER TIMES BY APPOINTMENT

Patthana Garden is also open to groups by appointment during the garden season, minimum 15 person.  TJ will provide a private tour of the garden and groups can avail of tea, coffee and homemade desserts or lunch served on vintage china in the Dining room.

PATTHANA GARDEN COURSE

Garden Course in Wicklow

On this inspirational nine month course running March to November (consisting of one 4 hour class per month), you will join artist and creator of Patthana Garden TJ Maher to learn about topics such as how to use colour creatively in the garden, selecting plants for maximum interest and impact, propagation techniques, garden design, creating borders and fabulous pot displays, attracting wildlife, choosing the right plant for the right place, among numerous other topics.  The Patthana Garden Course offers a unique opportunity to witness Patthana Garden as it changes through the year. 

If you have any questions, would like to arrange for your group to see the garden by private appointment or would like to have TJ to give a presentation to your garden or horticultural group

please feel free to CONTACT ME.

The new 'Torc' Garden      at Patthana Garden

Work in the new Torc garden commenced in 2020 after the purchase of agricultural land adjoining the existing garden. The new garden is designed to take advantage of the view of the nearby church and consists of two huge borders with wraparound pathways that lead the viewer on a journey of colour, exciting plant combinations and a connection to insects in a garden that is both dynamic and engaging.

 

The torc itself is a mound of sculpted earth laid out in the shape of a Torc which is a Celtic neck ornament, open at one end. Once inside the Torc shape the visitor is immersed in an experience of plants and insects, scent and colour, the Torc itself wrapping around the visitor like a hug. It is an area designed to connect with self and nature, the two entwined and one.

 

Like the existing inner garden, the Torc garden has been created without the use of chemicals, carefully respecting nature and the spirit of the land itself. The areas converted to borders and pathways were marked out in situ in the existing pasture, and then with the use of a mini digger carefully turning the topsoil, essentially turning the sod over and burying the existing top layer of grasses and other plants. The months that followed were months of hand picking and hoeing all the little juvenile plants like docks and nettles that were part of the seed bank in the soil waiting for their time to germinate. Over the next few summer months seedlings appeared and were removed. Less and less of these plants germinated and as they did, they were weeded out, and by the autumn the exciting part could commence, the planting.

 

In Late summer 2021 work commenced on creating a meadow at the rear of the Torc, with the intention being of working with what was already there; an area of pasture that had in it a selection of grasses and some wildflowers, even Cardamine pratensis, or Lady’s smock. This new meadow at the time of writing is cut short like a lawn and many plug plants of native and non-native plants have been planted, lots of bulbs and seeds of yellow rattle to help weaken the grass species. that is not a traditional meadow but a reimagined one, a marriage between the creativity of the gardener and the intentions of mother nature.

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TULIPS IN THE TORC GARDEN IN SPRING

GETTING TO PATTHANA GARDEN

Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow, W91 X789, Ireland GPS: 52.9048235 -6.606162199999972

086 194 4547

VOLUNTEER AT PATTHANA GARDEN

The new gardens at Patthana have been created with the assistance of our volunteers who have given their time and dedication to the development of the garden.  Volunteers days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and are an opportunity to gain hands on experience, an insight in the inner workings of the garden and to pick up tips and knowledge from T.J.

 

If you are interested in volunteering please contact TJ for further details .

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