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Garden designer Leonie Cornelius sees her work as a form of alchemy Pic: James Connolly

Garden designer Leonie Cornelius is the creative brains behind some of Ireland’s most extraordinary private gardens. Here, she explains how best to jazz up your outdoor living space

One of my all-time favourite quotes about design comes from a book I read many moons ago. In The Alchemist, author Paulo Coelho observes: “What else is design but a method of alchemy . . . to transform the ordinary . . . into something beautiful, something rare, something usable.”

Having read this famous book in my teens, the statement has stayed with me over the years, and when I studied architecture and garden design it often popped into my head....

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