Brian Burke is a landscape contractor and award-winning garden designer. He attained his B.Sc. Hons. (Surveying) from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 and has over twenty years experience in the construction and landscaping business in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Brian was the winner of Super Garden, Ireland’s national garden design competition, in 2015 and won the Silver-Gilt Medal for his garden Non Forsit at Bloom in the Park 2015.
At Bloom in the Park 2016 he designed and built GOAL's Damascus Courtyard - War and Peace for which he was awarded the Silver Medal. The Bloom 2016 garden was rebuilt at the Syrian Refugee Reception Centre in Co. Kildare in September 2016.
At Bloom in the Park 2017 he designed and built On Cloud Canine for the dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust. The aim of the garden was to showcase what is possible in a typical suburban sized garden which is to be shared with a dog. The garden was awarded the Silver Medal.
At Bloom in the Park 2018 he designed and built Moving Statues to Marriage Equality for Woodie's. The garden's theme was to convey a sense of the passing of the thirty years and the dramatic social and cultural changes since Woodie's opened its first store in Ireland. The garden was awarded the Silver Medal.
He has a particular interest in pan generational garden design, accessibility in garden design and the therapeutic properties of Horticulture.
Brian writes a weekly gardening and design column for the Leinster Leader and Leinster Express newspapers. He contributed the final chapter "The Green Heart of the Community" to a book on rebooting suburbia and our built environment entitled "Reimagining Your Neighborhood" which was published in the United States in September 2015.
Brian attained his QQI Qualification in Organic Horticulture in 2015 and combines running a busy design and contracting practice with part time tutoring for Laois Offaly Education & Training Board and Kildare Wicklow Education & Training Board.
He lives in Co. Laois with his wife Julia and their five children, donkey, two pigs, four chickens and two dogs . His hobbies include listening to wistful folk music, misidentifying plants, beginning sentences with the words “In my day”, looking for a bit of peace and quiet and running a part time non-profit child chauffeur service.
He can be reached at 086 407 3688 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org