Howbert & Mays was established by Anthea Howbert & Tig Mays in 2002.
Both are trained horticulturists and experienced garden designers. Anthea, originally from Detroit, trained as a Professional Gardener in Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, following her degree in History from Ann Arbor, University of Michigan. Tig, from Dublin, qualified in horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, following his degree in Art History from Trinity College, Dublin.
In 2006, Tig became a full member of the G.L.D.A. (Garden and Landscepe Designers Association), Ireland's association of qualified, experienced garden designers. We offer a garden design and consultation service in the Dublin area which you can read about here.
In 2008, while designing gardens around Dublin and Wicklow, we started an online garden centre called 'Delivering Your Garden' (dyg.ie). In 2012 we opened our 'bricks and mortar' shop in Monkstown. In 2017 we opened garden centres in Airfield Estate, Dundrum, and in Avoca, Dunboyne, Co Meath, both of which we closed in 2021. We fell in love with the iconic building, formerly Greene's bookshop on Clare Street, Dublin 2, and opened our shop at 16 Clare Street shop in December 2020 - right in the middle of the pandemic. This shop mixes our love of plants with our love of home.
We reflect our environmental and social concerns through what we do. We have never supplied chemical products or synthetic fertilisers in our shops. Our outdoor plants are predominantly Irish-grown, will thrive in the Irish climate and are chosen for what they can offer to gardens and to the environment. 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. Most of our furniture, as well as our Biohort sheds, comes from Europe.
Assisted by a team of garden experts and horticulturists, we can be your first port of call for plant-related questions. All our staff can offer useful advice if needed. If you are looking for a diverse, well-chosen selection of plants, pots, furniture or homewhares, please do visit.