GLDA 9 Designer 9 Kathryn Feeley

Designer Profile:

Kathryn Feeley MGLDA


Co. Dublin


087 6691223

GLDA Member since:


Work Area:

Leinster, Connaught, Munster, Ulster


Small Garden Design, Large Garden Design, Commercial/Public Landscape Design, Planting Design, Consultancy Advice, Public Speaking / Teaching

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Kathryn Feeley is a multi-award winning landscape and garden designer with recent medals at Bloom 2022 and 2023 with gold and best in category for the Forest Balcony. She won a prize for the design of an ecologically focused urban pocket park on a difficult site in the centre of Dublin. The design incorporated rain gardens to mitigate water run-off, solar collection, planting to manage air quality and introduce an additional link in the network of green spaces providing habitat for biodiversity in the city. She has designed gardens around Ireland and overseas from tiny urban spaces to large country estates.











Design Qualifications


2023: Gold medal and best in category Bloom 2023
2022: Silver gilt Bloom 2022
2020: GLDA Student and Graduate Design Awards design and planting design awards


Forest Balcony

The balcony is situated in a sheltered shaded position. The brief was to recreate the atmosphere of a lush forest with a rich tapestry of plants. Planted in layers, small trees sit above an understory of ferns and interwoven perennials. To cool the air, rainwater is collected and drips from an overhead framework onto the planting. The walls of the building have been clad in green walls to clean the air. Hidden in the undergrowth, a small pool creates a point for contemplation and draws in insects and birds. Materials are muted and minimal with the planting the main focus.

Contemporary family garden for new build

This is a large family garden in Munster. The house has strong contemporary architecture, requiring a simple design, in proportion with the scale of the house and with lots of planting to provide soft movement and texture. A large levelled lawn provides space for a sunken trampoline, while a generous patio allows space for dining and cooking.

Garden for Victorian house

This old house was being beautifully restored by the clients and needed a smart front garden and a back garden that could hide a carpark space, a large shed, a lawn for play and plenty of edibles – all on a relatively small footprint.


Kathryn was a dream to work with; so calm and knowledgeable. She came up with ideas we’d never have dreamed up ourselves and we are just thrilled with the result. Thank you Kathryn!


We have a small garden and wanted to maximise the space and enjoy it! Kathryn was amazing in terms of her knowledge base of plants and ideas and what would work and grow. She was so thorough and nothing was a problem. We are delighted with the final result!

Pine Valley

Loved the plan. It’s great to get, not only a professional and knowledgeable perspective, but you also seem to really care and consider your clients and spaces so that the whole experience feels really personal and thoughtful. Thank you.


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