Svaja is an award-winning garden designer living and working in Dublin. She graduated as a Landscape Designer from the Senior College of Dun Laoghaire in 2010. Passionate about plants and eco-gardening, she focuses on sustainable planting design. She does this through a number of methods, including creating borders for pollinators, encouraging clients to choose more naturalistic planting schemes, and working to improve the ecology of the soil in her clients gardens. With a background in art and textile design, Svaja uses gardens as her canvas and plants as her paint, playing with colour and texture to create outdoor spaces that are in harmony with nature. She is also a passionate tango dancer, which inspirers her to recreate the natural dance between flora and fauna.
In 2013 Dancing Gardens were born. It has been an incredible journey of learning, creating, meeting new people, participating in garden shows and most importantly keeping the core values of working with nature. And it all started from few plants in a balcony, many years ago. Svaja turned her curiosity into her career. Dreams do come true. She has gained a lot of experience and is ready to design your dream garden to a high standard and detail.
What sets her and her company apart from others is the focus on creating gardens that are in harmony with nature and each client's land. Dancing Gardens' mission is to create sustainable, eco-friendly, chemical free and pollinator friendly garden spaces.
''By listening carefully and allowing the land to become an extention of ourselves, we can interpret its energy and enable it to emerge through a creative, colloborative process. Its growth becomes a synchronistic dance that pulls you more deeply each day into healing embrace with the Earth. ''
What People Say
Svaja was recommended to me by a family member in 2015. The brief was to change the garden from a soccer pitch to a garden ! The narrow and long dimensions meant that Svaja had to break up the open space with interesting sections. She added a new bedding area with some lovely standard roses , box and lavender. Also delightful Gaura at the base of the standard roses. It has been a hive of activity for the bees especially in summer. My favorite part of the garden is where she planted a Rubus lineatus overhanging a bench that catches the evening sunshine.
Mary Mac Gabhann
Svaja does a great job.
She puts a lot of thought into her work thereby bringing creativity and new ideas.
She listens carefully to her clients, taking on board but also questioning their requirements.
Her work is neat and tidy
She is punctual and has never let me down.
She is also proactive with her advice.
I love my garden and this is thanks to Svaja, she created a space to match the image I had in my mind.
Siobhan Kirwan – Keane
“I engaged Svaja to redesign our gardens, front and rear. At all stages of the process, Svaja was involved and worked to a very high, professional standard. She consulted with me as to the plants I like and the look I wanted to achieve while at the same time she brought her considerable knowledge and experience to the planning process.
Svaja is an easy person to work with and completed her work with the minimum of fuss.
Evidence of the success of her work, is that a number of neighbours were impressed with and have admired the gardens.”