Jane McCorkell Landscape Architect
Gardens are for life. They grow and change outside our windows, and with our own lives– they are with us forever, that’s what award winning Landscape Architect Jane McCorkell believes. They are not just for a few years or for an event. They become a part of the town or the city, the family or the business that they surround– that’s why Jane picks her projects carefully, as any brief or client that she takes on becomes a blossoming piece of her very own
From a child who loved to play in the dirt and help her parents garden, to a young woman who studied Landscape Horticulture at Writtle University, Essex, U.K. and graduated with a master degree in Landscape Architecture from U.C.D.- Jane has always followed her dream and that has led her to numerous accomplishments in the landscaping world.
Just look at Bloom Festival– since 2007, Jane has won seven gold medals from the highly acclaimed festival. Now, she mentors on the behalf of Bord Bia each year and shares her wealth of horticultural knowledge with the sectors finest craftsmen.
Awards are not why she does it though- there is a far simpler reason as to why Jane commits her time to bettering and embellishing her clients’ lives with the intricacies of nature- she loves it! She looks forward to meeting clients, old and new, and discussing their visions for the organic world outside their homes and businesses.
It’s why she returns to each site, if her clients need her to, to ensure the trees and flowers have been growing as they had planned and hoped for. It’s why she is honest with her clients when she tells them to be honest with her about what they want, their budget and their expectations- as Jane can cultivate any design, once the weather is the only changing element.
“It doesn’t all need to be done at once- but the planning needs to be realistic,” Landscape Architect, Jane McCorkell explained. “The first thing that I say to my clients is: what do you want? You don’t need to have the most expensive tiles or flower pots. You just have to have a clear idea and the right shape- then it will all fall into place.”
So the first thing that Jane does is to make sure that she gets involved as soon as she can on a project. Even if it is just to do a tree survey- to feel the soil and the atmosphere- she wants to collect as much information on the aesthetic and biological make up of each site that she works on. And it is not always a garden that Jane is working on.
The spaces and the environments that she develops range from urban, rural to residential and commercial. Highlighting the fact that horticulture can exist wherever we want it to, once we are committed to it- Jane has succeeded in bringing nature to life, in her own aesthetic way.
“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” Jane said. “We are trying to make a site the best that it can be- so that the house or the business blends into it, and so that together, they create a beautiful harmony. I don’t just arrive, design something and then leave- I keep working with each of my clients to achieve this balance- their dream. I wouldn’t just walk away.”
Her top tip for prospective clients is: write a brief, put it all down in words and bring it to her- that way there is no confusion between the two, as to achieve a bespoke garden, you must not only invest your money, but your time. So whether it’s rain or sunshine, you can rely on Jane McCorkell to be there on site, with a smile. You can trust that any landscape in her sights, is in the right hands.
Bramley Cottage, The Rath, Kilsallaghan, Co.Meath
Contact Jane McCorkell: 01 835 3181 / 087 683 9520