Our Team

Powerscourt Garden Pavilion was founded in 2000 and is located in the beautiful 1,000 acre Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. With our background as one of Ireland’s great historic gardens and experienced horticulturalists on the Powerscourt Garden Pavilion team, we have great advice to offer you on your garden. Our wonderful Powerscourt Garden Pavilion team includes horticulturalists Claire, Monica, Justin and Mary and team members Stephanie, Penny, Tomek and John. We are open 7 days a week and look forward to welcoming you here soon.

Claire Hayes

Role: General Manager
General Manager Claire Hayes from County Clare studied BSC in Horticulture in ITB, County Dublin and has 14 years’ experience working in wholesale and retail sectors across Germany and Ireland. Claire’s own garden is planted with native and non-native ornamental species of trees and hedging, which frame a large lawn and herbaceous border. Claire’s pride and joy are her pots and baskets which she uses for seasonal colour and cooking. Her advice is to plant imaginatively and enjoy your outdoor space.

Justin Smyth

Role: Horticulturalist
Glencree local Justin Smyth is a graduate of Warrenstown Agricultural College in County Meath where he studied Horticulture. A local of nearby town Glencree in Wicklow, Justin has worked at Powerscourt for over 15 years. Justin’s expertise is in outdoor plants including perennials, annuals and shrubs. Justin will happily order in any plant you could wish for where it is available. His garden at home is an informal country style garden, filled with herbaceous plants such as Agapanthus and Hemerocallis. His vegetable garden keeps his home well stocked with potatoes, leeks and carrots among others and he can give invaluable advice on starting your own vegetable and fruit plots. Justin enjoys sharing his knowledge, enthusiasm and love of plants with Powerscourt Garden Pavilion customers!

Monica Schmidt

Role: Horticulturalist
South African native Monica Schmidt has worked at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion since 2007. Monica trained in horticulture at the University of Tzwane in South Africa and spent 15 years working there in the wholesale and retail sectors. For the past seven years, Monica has been using her knowledge and creativity to create eye-catching houseplant displays for Garden Pavilion customers, and offering her invaluable advice on growing and care. Her favourite plant is an Orchid as they are beautiful, flower for a long time and are good value for money. Monica adopts a low-maintenance approach to her garden at home and enjoys creating colourful borders and beds. Her advice is to stamp your own personality into your garden and that there are no rules when it comes to colour!