Gerry Dooley was born in Ballymahon, County Longford, to a farming family where his love for horticulture was developed.
He went on to study horticulture and graduated from the Botanic Gardens. His first job was with the Dublin County Parks department where he worked for 10 years developing parklands. In 1983, he bought The Orchard and it officially opened in 1987 as a garden nursery business.
The Orchard evolved into a Five- Star Gold home and garden lifestyle destination comprising the garden centre, home interior department, outdoor living, 200-seat cafe and pet department.
This year, The Orchard won the ultimate award Garden Centre of the Year 2013 at Bord Bia Quality Awards.