News / 22nd May 2023
Blossoming Transformation: New Planting Enhances The Linen Quarter
The Linen Quarter district has recently received a ‘blooming’ transformation, with an array of new planting breathing life into its urban spaces. Spearheading the green transformation is Fergal Donnelly, Founder of Green Globe Garden and LQ BID’s Head Gardener. We caught up with Fergal to chat about the botanical wonders installed at Blackstaff Square, Linenhall Street, Thomas Thompson Fountain, and the benefits of the new planting for those who work, live, and visit the Linen Quarter.
Fergal explains that the approach to the new planting showcases a careful selection of greenery, tailored to thrive in an urban setting, while enhancing the district’s aesthetic appeal. He says, “Among the vibrant flora are forsythia, hypericum, and purple heuchera plants. Not only do these splashes of colour harmonise with existing planters across the district and LQ BID brand, but they incorporate hues of pink and yellow that create a visually captivating environment.”
In addition to the brightly coloured flowers, Fergal has also incorporated evergreen plants, including viburnum tinus and phormium ‘bronze baby,’ to ensure year-round greenery. The resilient additions not only provide visual delight but also contribute to the overall ambiance of the district, infusing it with a sense of tranquillity. Fergal adds, “Our aim was to create a diverse range of planting that would be suitable for an urban environment but also improve the area’s aesthetic. By combining vibrant colours with lush greens, we sought to enhance the look and feel of the district for those who work, live, and visit here.”
The introduction of the vibrant planting is expected to yield numerous benefits for the Linen Quarter district. The incorporation of green spaces within cities has been proven to improve wellness, reduce stress, and enhance overall mental health. By infusing nature into urban settings, the district aims to create a more inviting and rejuvenating atmosphere, fostering a greater sense of community and well-being among its residents and visitors. Fergal concludes, “Studies have shown that the presence of plants has a profound effect on our well-being, both physically and mentally. By installing new planting throughout the Linen Quarter, we’re offering respite from the hustle and bustle of city life, whether it’s on their walk into work, lunch break or just enjoying a stroll around the Linen Quarter.”