GLDA 9 Designer 9 Peter O’Brien

Designer Profile:

Peter O'Brien, FGLDA


Co Dublin


086 221 5468

GLDA Member since:


Work Area:

Leinster, Connaught, Munster, Ulster


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

Specialist Design Themes:

Traditional, Contemporary, Formal, Informal, Cottage, Low Maintenance

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As an innovative landscape designer with a keen eye for proportion, aesthetics and detailing, Peter O’Brien founded Plan Eden in 1994. An accomplished garden designer and craftsman, his background in construction and carpentry give him a unique understanding of the complexities of garden detailing.

Over the years, he has developed the company into a mature and forward thinking practice, dealing with both private gardens and commercial developments. He sees his design style as being architectural rather than horticultural, with an emphasis on strong, bold lines, using planting to enhance this style and to clothe and soften the design.

Water features strongly in his designs. “I see it as an almost essential element in any garden, providing movement and sound, while drawing on its reflective qualities to bring light to even the most shaded courtyard”. Peter favours architectural plants, and selects those providing maximum impact and seasonal interest. He looks for good form, texture, movement and colour in his planting schemes, but with that essential sense of calmness found in the best of garden design.

He regularly undertake projects ranging from small courtyards to large country gardens and estates. Among its many projects, Peter has been involved in the design of a two acre tropical garden in the Caribbean.

Working throughout Ireland and internationally, and operating to the highest professional standards, he can cater for any garden design taste or style, from classic through to contemporary.











Design Qualifications


2018 – Bloom in the Park: Silver-Gilt Medal and Best in Category Small Garden



Peter O’Brien is a very interesting and visionary garden designer. He’s an artist. He took the very challenging shape, dimensions and aspect (north-facing) of my garden and delivered a design that was way beyond anything I could have imagined in my wildest fantasies. It is utterly beautiful, aesthetically perfect and low-maintenance.

Marion Keyes

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