Jim Reynolds: Bordering on the sublime

Jim Reynolds: Bordering on the sublime View Gallery
The picturesque surrounds of Ballyfin, Co Laois

Restoring the overgrown grounds of a former boarding school was quite a task for garden designer Reynolds

Jim Reynolds, the renowned garden designer and owner of Butterstream Gardens in Trim, Co Meath, closed up shop and disappeared more than a decade ago. Well not quite, but that may be how it seemed to some. He had in fact become deeply involved in one of the most ambitious restorations of a house and garden the country has ever seen – the magnificent Ballyfin, in Co Laois.

Butterstream, which he began in 1970, was carved...

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