Howbert & Mays was established by Anthea Howbert & Tig Mays in 2002. Both are trained horticulturists and experienced garden designers. While designing gardens around Dublin and Wicklow, we started an online garden centre called 'Delivering Your Garden' (dyg.ie) in 2008 that sold plants and gardening items, making us one of the first online garden centres in Ireland. This thrived, so we opened a 'bricks and mortar' shop in Monkstown in 2012. We opened our Clare Street shop in December 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic. We fell in love with the iconic building and felt that Dublin city needed a really good plant and interiors shop. This shop mixes our love of plants with our love of art.
We have tried to reflect our interest in the environment in what we stock. Many items are certified fair trade or organic. Tools are well made and designed to last a lifetime. Materials are durable and natural, where possible. Production is by established companies, and most of our furniture is made in Europe. Our Biohort garden sheds are strong and tough and made in Austria to a high standard. There are no chemical products or synthetic fertilisers in our shops. Our outdoor plants are predominantly grown in specialist Irish nurseries, so they have fewer 'road miles' behind them and will thrive in the Irish climate.
Assisted by a great team of garden experts and horticulturists, we should be your first port of call for your plant-related questions. As well as plants, our shops are stocked with many things that you won't find elsewhere: a diverse range of pots and planters, garden tools from many of the best brands in the world, nature-friendly composts and fertilisers, specialist composts, organic feeds and pest controls. To top it off, we stock beautiful woolen blankets, cotton, linen and silk cushions, original artworks from Irish artists, garden furniture from Italy, Spain and Portugal, lights, rugs, greetings cards, garden sheds, bulk landscape materials, household gadgets....