GLDA 9 Designer 9 David Ryan

Designer Profile:

David Ryan


40 Warren Avenue
Dublin 15


086 8603946

GLDA Member since:


Work Area:



Small Garden Design, Large Garden Design, Planting Design, Consultancy Advice, Landscape Contractor, Project Management, Garden Maintenance

Specialist Design Themes:

Traditional, Contemporary, Formal, Cottage, Low Maintenance

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David Ryan is an award winning garden designer who has completed high specification gardens throughout Dublin and the surrounding counties. He has a passion for landscape design and oversees all projects from start to finish. As well the design aspect he will ensure that all garden construction and maintenance are completed to the highest possible standards.

Based out of Castleknock, Dublin, he founded Gardens Forever, a turn-key Landscape Design and Construction Company. He provides creative 2-D and 3-D landscape design solutions for gardens and driveways of all sizes with consideration given to the garden’s requirements based on the clients’ own personal preferences. In the design package, he includes the design as well as an itemised quotation so clients can estimate a budget for the construction of the tailored design. The construction team has a reputation for impeccable quality workmanship using state-of-the-art equipment while taking care of the garden during the whole process.

Gardens Forever operates in the private residential sector covering all aspects of landscape construction ranging from paving, retaining walls, earthworks and irrigation to fencing, pergolas and planting. David has designed, constructed and maintained a broad range of landscape projects and is confident that he can tailor any proposed job to specific requirements and aims to exceed expectations.











Design Qualifications

  • Diploma in Horticulture, Warrenstown Horticultural College (in conjunction with the National Botanic Gardens)
  • Degree in Horticulture Business Management (by ITB)
  • Certified in Tree Surgery (from Coillte)


  • Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland – 8 Awards
  • Bloom Medal – 4 Awards


Back Garden Landscape Design & Construction

A small-sized garden that needed attention to the outdoor seating area. A balance of greenery as well as hardscape had been proposed in this project. Extra considerations were made so that the garden is enjoyed all year round with provision for a retractable pergola roof under patio for both openness and privacy. The plants were chosen according to the overall theme.

Landscape Design & Construction for Back Garden

A turn-key design and construction project which emphasised on the creation of an outdoor area that functions essentially as an extension of the indoor environment. Effort has been made for a holistic garden design consisting of a play area for kids as well as an enclosed outdoor patio. The planting scheme has been developed around the seating and lawn areas with interesting and elegant companion plants.

Back Garden Landscape Design & Construction

Another turn-key project. The focus was on the selection of materials for the design and construction since the main house is cladded with exposed brick which is a statement in itself. Hence the overall hardscape and softscape were designed to match the exterior. Interesting outdoor spaces at suitable locations to bring out the overall character of the garden. A well thought out planting scheme added to the flavours.


Dave, Conor, and the team did a full re-design and build of our garden which is on an awkward hill and they were totally up to the challenge. They listened to what we wanted and challenged us when they knew better, which is exactly what we needed. Professional service, headache-free build, managed our expectations well with lead times and got it done way before we thought possible. Really knowledgeable when it comes to recommending plants. Thank you!

Niamh Daly Ferris
Raheny, Co Dublin

I looked high and low to find landscapers that could tackle my back garden (which needed a full design and construction job) without bankrupting me and Gardens Forever were the team to do it. From the outset with the design, Dave was excellent. He listened to what I wanted and advised on material type,s etc and came up with an amazing design for my garden. What was previously overgrown and unusable is now a beautiful garden that I love being in. I have no hesitation in recommending these guys. They’re professional, they deliver quality and are absolutely brilliant. I loved working with them.

Linda Goodson
Beaumont, Dublin 9

We are delighted with the job Dave and his team did on our front driveway. Workmanship and finish is excellent and great guidance and direction provided by Dave throughout the process.’

David Power
Castleknock, Dublin 15

Our garden was in dire need of a redesign. From the time we started dealing with Dave to discuss our hopes for the garden to the design stage, the advice we got was always professional, yet practical. All of our ideas were considered to come up with the design. We've been left with a wonderful space and can't wait to spend time relaxing and admiring it. We'd have no hesitation in recommending Gardens Forever. It's been a pleasure. Thanks again.

Gillian McLoughlin
Beaumont, Dublin 9

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