Arthur Shackleton is a nationally-renowned garden designer and consultant in Ireland. He is known for his traditional yet informal approach to garden design and for his extensive knowledge and profound understanding of plants and their relation to a space and it's atmosphere.
Shackleton received his degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied Math and Physics, after an extensive education from his father David Shackleton, one of Ireland's most brilliant and passionate recreational gardeners. He has since trained with a variety of gardeners, most notably at Mount Congreve in Waterford.
He has contributed to the design and maintenance of a wide variety of Irish gardens, large and small including Ashford, Dromoland and Glin Castles, Lyons Demesne, Coolmore Stud and all of Sheik Mahomed's Irish studfarms, Airfield House in Dundrum and Butler House in Kilkenny.
In 1999, Arthur transformed two derelict farm buildings and their accompanying land outside Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, into his own prized garden, Fruitlawn. The garden is open to the public by appointment. The garden, which includes plants from his father's garden at Beech Park in Clonsilla, was called "enchanting" for its "billowing borders and quiet corners" by The Irish Garden Magazine, and has received visitors from around the world.