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.
TJ Maher's first book GROUNDED in the GARDEN - An artist's guide to creating a beautiful garden in harmony with nature will be published by Pimpernel Press in March 2024 and is now available to Pre-order in our shop.
"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
GROUNDED in the GARDEN explores the practical considerations that come into play when creating a beautiful garden which also respects nature.
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 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
OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Garden in Wicklow
The garden is open to the general public from noon to 5 pm every Sunday from the the 24th of April until the 1st Sunday of October. On the 1st Sunday of every month at 2 pm TJ will give a Garden talk on various seasonal topics - No appointments are necessary for the talk and this is included in the entry fee.
Patthana Garden is also open to groups by appointment during the garden season, minimum 5 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.
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 .