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Address: Ballyvoe, Doolin, Ireland
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+353 87 914 7725
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Contemporary garden of designer Matt O’ Connell with hidden sections or...

Contemporary garden of designer Matt O’ Connell with hidden sections or mini gardens, some of which are traditional. The garden surrounds an award winning house which was built in 1995 when the garden started. The variety of over 250 plants for sale in the nursery are propagated from plants in the garden so mature versions can be seen. All plants have been propagated outdoors and are totally hardy. Changes are being made to the garden all the time and due to the demand for shade loving plants a new shade section is in development to devote to these plants. Free admission. Donations to Doolin Rescue Service welcome.

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An extensive collection of outdoors grown plants which therefore have a high chance of survival. The owner most informed and helpful. The nursery is just north of the town in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 June 2016
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

An extensive collection of outdoors grown plants which therefore have a high chance of survival. The owner most informed and helpful. The nursery is just north of the town in Ballyvoe on the coast road. Turn to the right inland at the church.

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hannahmolly2014, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, yes if a plant can survive in the harsh conditions here in Doolin it certainly deserves to be called Hardy! Kind regards, Matt More 

Hungry Horse, Montana
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

What a delightful visit with Matt. His vast knowledge of plants is only surpassed by his sweet demeanor and quiet way. Heading north out of Doolin take a right at the church, look for signs "plants for sale".

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Thank KPQOTW
hannahmolly2014, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

You're making me blush! How lovely of you to say. It was lovely talking plants with you. Please visit any time you may be passing through again, you would be most welcome. Kind regards, Matt More 

Sarasota, Florida, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Matt is the ultimate gardener. His expertise is only surpassed by his love of gardening. I had visited his gardens in 1999 with friends Stan & Stephanie McGowan and was so pleased to return with Stephanie and see the garden had expanded. I love how Matt incorporates the works of Irish sculptors among the plantings. I took many photos and... More 

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hannahmolly2014, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Good evening Sharron, Thank you for the lovely Review. It was great to meet you again after all these years. The garden you saw then was included in a book 'guide to Irish Gardens.,published in 2001.The book is now been re done and my new garden here will be in it .I have a couple getting married here in the... More 

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

While in Doolin we paid a visit to Matts garden, such a beautiful garden filled with lovely plants that you would have difficulty finding in any big garden centre. Matt gave us a tour of the garden, and selected three perennials for a new flower I was creating.i also got a Burren Geranium as a reminder of my trip to... More 

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MattOConnell, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Hi Jerry, Thank you for your review.It was very good of you to take the time to do it . Hope the plants you got from me fit in well in your new border. You could not have got a better souvenere of the Burren than that Geranium sanguineum. Also hope you had a good trip back home .Hope we... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

Ian and I found details of this garden on a tourist leaflet, and thought we'd go and have a look. What a beautiful and peaceful garden! The owner Mr O'Connell was doing a bit of weeding when we arrived. We quickly got chatting about things gardening, and wandered round making our choices from his excellent selection of plants for sale.... More 

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MattOConnell, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Thank you for that lovely review.Its always such a pleasure for me to meet real gardeners and I enjoyed your visit .Glad you found some new plants for your garden .They certainly had good company with the great plants you bought at Tatton Hall on your way here .Happy Gardening and hope we meet again .Regards, Matt. More 

Germantown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015 via mobile

Matt's personal tour was very special and he is clearly an expert gardener! As an amateur gardener myself I enjoyed seeing the new and different plants as well as a few familiar ones. It was a beautiful sunny morning so a real treat for us to get out and enjoy.

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Thank lori m
MattOConnell, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Good Evening. Thank you for the lovely review. It was my pleasure to show you around and so glad you enjoyed it . Have a good Summer. Matt More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

Stumbled on this while out for a walk - beautiful array of plants, and art scattered throughout. Don't miss it!

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MattOConnell, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Good Evening , Thank you for visiting and taking the time to give me a review. Glad you enjoyed your visit and sorry that I was not able to give you much time as I was all over the place and being male I am not the best at multitasking. Hope you had a great Holiday .Matt. More 

doolin
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2014

An amazing number of specimens I'd never seen before -- surely because my Zone 5 in US wouldn't take kindly to most, But did pick up a thank you gift for someone.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2014

If you need a break from the pubs & shops, relieve the stress of driving on the wrong side, or just see something beautiful, this is the place. What's more, the owner, Matt, is a treasure himself. He took nearly an hour of his time to guide our walk, explaining the plants and flowers & the story behind each. He... More 

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hannahmolly2014, Owner at Doolin Garden and Nursery, responded to this review

Well Bob , First of all thank you for visiting the Garden.Secondly thank you for a wonderful review and such a complimentary one at that .You know when you love plants it is just a great pleasure to share them with someone who is clearly interested.So glad your visit was worthwhile for you and I hope at some time you... More 

Elmira, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014 via mobile

We visited Matt's garden after visiting hours, but Matt came out and showed us around his garden (even when we told him right away we weren't able to buy anything). His gardens are absolutely beautiful and the plants and flowers he has are the most interesting I've ever seen. Matt is helpful, informative, interesting, and just amazing to talk to.... More 

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