GLDA 9 Designer 9 Kinta Oakes

Designer Profile:

Kinta Oakes, MGLDA


70 Meath Road,
Co Wicklow


086 804 6626

GLDA Member since:


Work Area:



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

Specialist Design Themes:

Contemporary, Formal, Informal, Asian, Mediterranean, Low Maintenance

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My original career was 13 years in television production in Australia. I took a career break to concentrate on my family. During this period, I studied the RHS Syllabus in Horticulture and then went on to complete a degree in Landscape Architecture, I graduated from UCD with Honours in 2011.

I am Australian who has lived in Ireland for the past 25 years and now lives in Bray Co Wicklow.

My projects include public Landscape Architecture projects and private gardens.  I work with architects planning the landscape along with the building design.

Following my passion for planting and design, creating gardens and a planting plan creates a connection to nature for my clients from small garden projects to larger projects, giving attention to detail at each level from listening to clients’ needs, sketch design, final design and planting. I have a particular interest in designing with plants that have resistance to drought and excessive rainfall. Water conservation is becoming more and more important, particularly where we are experiencing drought/

Lighting adds another whole dimension to the garden, extending the use of garden in the evenings and during winter the season. Lighting creates a mood, shadows that move in the wind.

Accessibility is also very important. If mobility is an issue, I can create designs that the user can access and enjoy with ease.











Design Qualifications

BSc Hons (Arch), Landscape Architecture, UCD (2011)




The clients were a retired professional couple. They were purchasing a new home and wanted to indulge their keen interest in gardening. On the practical front, they wanted a garden space accessible by wheelchair, a shed and an automatic watering system and car parking close to the front door. In terms of aesthetics, in the front garden they wanted a contemporary, formal design, while in the rear garden they specified a preference for naturalistic planting and not wanting to reveal whole garden from the rear windows, which were all across the back of the house, so wanted to use planting to screen areas.

Breffni Terrace

The clients were a professional couple living in the UK who will relocate to Ireland once their children are educated. In the meantime, they intend to rent the house high quality prospective clients.  The house is a protected structure constructed around 1865. A Conservation Architect was restoring the house as nothing has been touched since it was built, including the garden.

The architect has already designed a contemporary raised terrace at first floor level in the rear garden.  The client specified a paved area to sit out in the garden and a lawn area. While not hugely into gardening they do love plants and enjoy spending time in the garden. They also requested an entertainment area with patio and water feature, privacy screens from the  neighbouring houses, lighting and access to the rear parking.

In the front garden, they wanted to retain the lawn, install lighting, create a path to front door and have classic contemporary planting.

Corbawn Drive

The clients were professionals working full time with 2 children. They recently built an extension and the view from the dining room/kitchen is basically the whole garden. Their brief requested a play area for the children to include a lawn and  some planter beds for them to plant bulbs. They also wanted a decking area, pathway and a shed to store bikes, as cycling is a family outing each weekend. With a very limited budget they wanted a low maintenance garden as being busy between children and work, and not being natural gardeners themselves, they recognised they would not have much time for garden upkeep.


Very happy with the garden, love the Amelanchier trees that have a long season of interest. The garden is low maintenance and easy to control. The play area is great for the children. The garden is lovely to look at from the house.

Rachel Daly
Shankill, Co Dublin

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