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MAY-JUN 2019

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M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 | 49 thrive in Irish gardens. "Thanks to a climate tempered by the Gulf Stream, Ireland in general is a fine spot for making gardens—lovely soft climate, good soil, plenty of rain," Arthur says. "But you have to know which plants work where. And you have to get the structure right first—plantings are the icing on the cake." One of Shackleton's most accessible works is the garden behind Butler House hotel in Kilkenny, which doubles as a public park. A circular water feature is ringed by large stone blocks that serve as seats. The stones are inscribed with letters that spell nothing, a code without a key, until you learn they are fragments of Nelson's Pillar, the Dublin monument to English admiral Horatio Nelson, which was toppled by an IRA bomb in 1966. In this serene spot, they stand as distant echoes of Ireland's fraught history. At Fruitlawn, the home in County Laois he shares with his wife, artist Carol Booth, Arthur transformed a derelict farm into a green gem, a 1-acre walled garden with many of his favorite features—large perennial borders; a hornbeam tunnel; a circular pool; huge yew hedges; an extensive vegetable garden; and unusual plants from his father's garden, Beech Park (which, now owned and restored by the local council, will open to the public this summer). After so many decades in the business, Shackleton is not slowing down. His latest project—revamping the grounds of Killua Castle in County Westmeath—may be one of his favorite yet. "It will be the most amazing place when it is complete!" he says. "The main thing at the end of the day is that the clients are happy and get the garden they dreamed of." Roses flank a central path in a garden at Dromoland Castle, visible behind the wall. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Blue agapanthus at Fruitlawn • A hornbeam tunnel, also at Fruitlawn • Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) • Another hornbeam tunnel (a favorite Shackleton design feature) and sweet gum seedpod sculptures at Dromoland

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