Museum in the Garden: Announcing the Competition Winner

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Museum in the Garden: Announcing the Competition Winner

Three finalists and a public consultation later, the judges of the Hunt Museum Garden Design Competition decide on Nicola Haines’s amazing community influenced garden for the Hunt Museum.



The nationwide competition has given us this new exciting design and community groups will work with professionals in its delivery.

Nicola Haines said:  ‘I am delighted to be working on this very exciting project to bring the Hunt Museum into a garden as an open, public space for everyone.’

We hope people will embrace our vision for our Museum in the Garden and congratulate Nicola on a justly deserved win! 

To learn more about Hunt Museum in a Garden or to show your support please visit: or  

The judges were: Jill Cousins, Director & CEO of the Hunt Museum, Helen O’Donnell, Owner of The Hunt Cafe and Team Limerick Clean Up Committee Member, John Moran, Chair of the Hunt Museum Board, Des Kingston, SuperGarden 2017 Winner & Bloom Silver Medalist, Michael Sheehan, LCCC Parks Superintendent and Jim Prior, Coordinator of the Family Resource Centre in Southill.

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 The Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum holds one of Ireland’s greatest private collections of Art and Antiquities from the Neolithic period to the 20th century. Donated by John and Gertrude Hunt to the people of Ireland, this diverse collection is housed in The Custom House, a 18th Century Palladian style building in Limerick.  The Hunt Museum is a centre of learning and civic life that preserves and uses its world class collections to support a greater understanding of our past and to deliver new collaborations and innovation.  Public engagement is key to our approach with a full education programme and wide community participation in all our work.

Nicola Haines

‘Nicola set up Dublin based Tierney Haines Architects with her husband Stephen Tierney in 2004 and has been designing private, public and community gardens for the last 10 years. Having trained and worked in Architectural practice she has a particular interest in linking buildings to their outside spaces and environmental sensitivity is foremost in her schemes. She works closely with her clients to offer bespoke landscape and garden design services. The results are hard-working gardens that maximise the potential of the space and aspect whilst providing for the needs and brief of her clients.

Now, more than ever, we are looking to our outside spaces as a tonic for body and mind. Nicola is passionate about design as a means to connect people to nature and to promote community and togetherness.

She is RHS trained and a full member of the Garden and Landscape Design Association (GLDA).


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