Observing cowslips growing amongst the hedgerow on a country walk inspires Mark Grehan’s approach to floristry and landscaping. Mark, a Connemara native from a family of keen gardeners, knew he wanted his own shop after working at a nursery that also had a retail unit. He loved the interaction between growing and making, and meeting the customers. After studying horticulture and landscape design he spent seven years working in different positions at a garden center and then established his own landscaping company in 2006. Exploring additional opportunities during the recession Mark set up a flower stall in Coppinger Row. People loved his style; flowers in buckets and wooden boxes, hand tied bunches wrapped in kraft paper and string. Operating on a small budget all the props were borrowed from his garden, but he knew he had a successful formula when customers, besides buying his flowers, inquired to where he had purchased his table and pink chair. Mark drew up a business plan and pitched his concept to Powerscourt Townhouse to transform the foyer into a flower shop; loving the idea Mark was able to open The Garden in 2010. Working out of the entrance of a listed building had some challenges and Mark realized that to accommodate his growing business he would need four walls so in October 2014 he opened a second location in Cows Lane which doubles as a studio. There is a team of six people, two who work on landscaping and four in the shops. The Garden does floristry for events and weddings, and Mark also runs workshops in the Cows Lane location. He is honored to have won a Silver-Gilt medal at Bloom, and Irish Times ‘Best Shop Window’ 2014. Mark divides his time between shops and landscaping. He loves the balance of his roles, meeting his customers in the shops and outside working in gardens, which he finds very therapeutic.
Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
Cows Lane, Old City, Dublin 8