Renowned garden designer and architect

Angela Jupe
Born: February 1st, 1944
Died: May 4th, 2021

The very well-recognized and broadly appreciated backyard designer and architect Angela Jupe has died. Renowned for the lovely gardens that she intended all-around the different households she owned in the course of her existence, Jupe lived for the final quantity of a long time in Bellefield Household, Shinrone, Co Offaly, where by she restored a walled back garden, planted native trees and created a bathroom area managed for biodiversity. In her will, she bequeathed this residence – her past personalized venture – to the Royal Horticultural Society of Eire (RHSI).

Jupe was a extensive-standing member of the board of the RHSI and a founding member and to start with chairman of the Backyard garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA). A visionary thinker who encouraged other folks to acquire challenges and imagine the difficult, she was passionate about Irish gardens and gardening competencies. Her wish was to see Irish gardens promoted as an unbiased vacationer attraction outside of the Irish Region Houses, Castles and Gardens branding. She was also a founder member of Network for Ladies in Enterprise.

A wonderful supporter of young gardeners, Jupe presented realistic coaching in her individual backyard. Horticulturist Paul Smyth, who did a operate placement at Bellefield and went on to operate together with Jupe for 10 yrs, recollects her speaking about how neglected the walled back garden was when she obtained the assets in 2004. “She advised me you had to crawl on your knees via the brambles and willow to get to the very first clearing that she would later change into a non-standard walled backyard garden with her distinctive aptitude,” says Smyth.

The stables and walled garden at Bellefield hadn’t been utilized for extra than 30 years when Jupe moved there from her former restoration task at Fancroft Millhouse in Co Tipperary. The latter residence had been vacant for 12 decades ahead of Jupe obtained and restored it in 1997, when she to start with moved out of Dublin in the late 1990s.

No gardening obstacle was also great for her and her sheds and barns ended up full of all kinds of salvaged supplies. She was a recycling fanatic before sustainability and biodiversity grew to become stylish. Not only did she renovate the properties and restore gardens, she also produced the outbuildings at Fancroft and Bellefield as holiday accommodation for readers.

Snowdrops at Bellefield, the co Offaly backyard garden of Angela Jupe. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Jupe was also an avid plant hunter and picked up specimens on her journeys throughout Ireland, in the United kingdom, France and beyond. Snowdrops were her favorite bouquets and she opened her gardens at Bellefield to the general public each individual spring so guests could enjoy what was a single of the most important collections of snowdrops in Ireland. Her collections of outdated French roses, Nerines, Irises and Peonies have been also spectacular.

Jupe’s very first exceptional and special plant fair at Fancroft was a person of the very first of its variety in Ireland. “Her early plant fairs ended up famous, attracting massive crowds before they grew to become a commonplace fixture in the Irish horticultural calendar which they are right now,” suggests Smyth.

Jupe oversaw the establishment of the annual GLDA seminar, bringing worldwide design and style luminaries these as James van Sweden and Piet Oudolf to Eire. Talking at a single of the 1st GLDA’s once-a-year seminars, Jupe claimed that a single of her fears was that the full sensual satisfaction of gardens was no for a longer period section of the brief for several present-day designers. “Some present day landscape architecture feeds only the eyes and forgets that we have noses for scent and palms for touch. The very low routine maintenance backyard garden has a whole lot to respond to for. Not only is there way too a lot hard landscaping but it leads to plants that develop into a tiny circle necessitating no pruning, care or awareness,” she claimed.

Jupe was an only child and from the age of 5 she experienced her individual yard patch in the grounds of her parents’ property. Her aunt, Ruby, who had a walled garden in Co Tipperary, also nurtured her love of horticulture. Her father, who labored on the railways, died when she was younger and she and her mom, Mary, had to leave the railway cottage that came with his occupation. They moved to Clontarf where she tended the substantial backyard at their residence.

Following university, Jupe received a Dublin Corporation scholarship to analyze architecture at College Higher education Dublin. She graduated in the late 1960s and labored for different Dublin-centered architectural firms. She later worked as head of the style and design staff at the Industrial Advancement Company (IDA) and was the lead architect on the modernist style Braun manufacturing unit in Carlow city. A sideways move noticed her journey broadly for the IDA advertising and marketing the Irish companies marketplace and afterwards providing instruction to creating countries.

In 1984 she set up her individual architectural apply which specialised in time period restoration. In the late 1980s she realised there was a vocation opportunity for her to blend her experienced skills as an architect with her enthusiasm for gardening. She studied at the John Brookes College of Yard Style and design at Denmans in West Sussex. Again residence she established up the Regular Gardening Firm, specialising in backyard design and design.

Jupe also ran a single of the very first professional backyard shops in Ireland. The Backyard garden Furnishing Company stocked every thing from historic statuary to antiques. Extensive-standing residents of Upper Leeson Avenue will keep in mind the outstanding Wisteria mural painted on the façade. And people of Leinster Road, Rathmines will also recall the wonderful yard she made all over the detached home she lived in just before she moved to the midlands.

Jupe suffered from unwell well being all through her lifetime although she in no way let it get in the way of her programs and jobs. She under no circumstances went everywhere devoid of getting her doggy by her aspect and was identified to sneak her canine pal into resort rooms on different events. The RHSI strategy to reopen Bellefield in thanks training course to honour Jupe’s needs for the general public to get pleasure from the gardens and for gardening students to understand the art and craft of gardening.

Angela Jupe is survived by a huge circle of mates in the gardening entire world and cousins.