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MAY-JUN 2019

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with several years spent working in the nursery at Mount Congreve, an estate near Waterford with a renowned garden, now owned by the Irish government and open to the public. He also cut his teeth doing design work for world-class Irish thoroughbred farms, including Coolmore Stud and Kildangan Stud. "These were sprawling, beautiful properties," he says. "I gave them more structure—allées and copses of specimen trees; hedges of hawthorn, beech, holly, and other natives; beds around the buildings—while staying in harmony with the larger landscape." Over time, the young Shackleton gained a knack for attracting posh, strong-willed clients (such as Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ryanair founder Tony Ryan) and winning them over with his ideas. The designer proved adept at reviving and improving gardens that dated to the 18th century and beyond, often with strategic tree plantings and long, lush herbaceous borders. He helped Lady Olda Fitzgerald enhance the 15-acre pleasure grounds of Glin Castle on the Shannon Estuary and helped restore the gardens at Castletown Cox, a fine Palladian manor, for then owners Brian de Breffny, a self-styled baron, and his wife, Ulli. Additional career capstones include his extensive work at the gardens of Dromoland and Ashford Castles, now both luxury hotels. "Arthur is a gardener through and through, possibly with sap, rather than blood, running in his veins," observes Jane Powers, author of The Irish Garden. "He seems to understand the needs of plants in a profound way that comes from decades of intimacy with them. His designs may nod to the Arts and Crafts era—with strong structure and abundant borders—but his plant choices are more modern and dynamic." Plants from subarctic to subtropical 46 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 "Arthur is a rather than blood, Arthur revamped the grounds of Ashford, an 800-year-old castle in Cong County. LEFT, CLOCK WISE FROM FAR LEFT: Eryngium giganteum, a thistle known as Miss Wilmott's ghost • A garden pool at Fruitlawn • The Temple of Mercury at Dromoland, erected in the 1700s by Sir Edward O'Brien atop the grave of a prized racehorse. • Borders of pink penstemon and Mexican feather grass trim hedges at the Grange, a period house located in County Laois.

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