Gary Graham is the brains behind the Bloom Garden Show, now in its eight year in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, and will return this year as Judge in Super Garden. He has worked for Bord Bia, developing the Irish horticultural and gardening sector for 14 years. Ten years ago he recognised the need for Ireland to have its own 'Chelsea Flower Show' andeight years ago Bord Bia took on the role of organising and underwriting the now highly successful event. 110,000 visitors attended the Bloom show in 2013. Gary now spends much of his time with Bord Bia ensuring that the Bloom visitor experience gets better every year. He regards both the Bloom Show and Super Garden as perfect communication platforms whereby novice gardeners can see and experience the joys and benefits of a well designed garden space.
Gary trained in horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin before completing an internship in Chicago Botanic Gardens. During his career he has built gardens, worked in interior landscaping, garden centre retailing and the management of horticultural engineering enterprises. He is also trained in marketing, has a post-grad diploma in executive coaching and a Masters Degree in Business. He has judged the Association of Landscape Contractors National Landscape Awards for the last 5 years
He believes that Ireland's professional garden designers are among the best in the world, ranking with other luminaries in creative professions such as musicians, artists, writers, actors and poets. He lives and gardens in Waterford with his wife and three children
Paddy Gleeson - Judge, returns to Supergarden for his 5th year as judge. After receiving a diploma in horticulture with distinction from the National Botanic Gardens, Paddy went on to graduated from UCD with a B.Ag.Sc.Hort honours degree four years later.
He held the position of National Nursery Specialist for over 25 years with Teagasc (The Irish Agricultural & Food Development Authority).During his career in Teagasc Paddy was very much involved with all aspects of the industry providing training to garden centres, landscape contractors as well as the nursery stock sector. During his career he led many group tours from the sector to many countries to promote industry networking opportunities and to educate members. He acted as judge for the ALCI awards for four years, which is the professional body for landscape contractors in Ireland. Now retired he is the Horticultural Consultant to Woodie`s garden centre`s, mainly focusing on training both for store managers and a team of over 40 horticulturalists. Paddy admits the standard of gardens in Supergarden has grown year on year. He is expecting to see this year's designers to push the boundaries with their creative expression as well as taking into account the science of soils, location etc, resulting in the right plant that will grow to a mature size proportionally appropriate for the scale of the home and the planting location.
Roisin Lafferty, representing Cuprinol is a brand new face and welcome addition to the Super Garden Judging panel. Roisin is bringing her wealth of experience to the panel as well as being colour consultant with the internationally recognised Dulux brand. Having graduated first in class in her Masters in Product and Spatial Design from the prestigious Kingston University, London, she set up her own company with her business partner, Kingston Lafferty Design. Whilst in London, she was selected to exhibit her work as part of the world renowned Tent London, during the London Design Festival in 2010. Roisin also holds a degree in Interior and Furniture Design from Dublin Institute of Technology, graduating with first class honours.
Roisin brings a multi-disciplinary design solution approach for everything from Interior Architecture and Hard Landscaping. Many of Roisin's projects have featured in a number of publications in the last few years, including IMAGE Interiors, the Irish Times and the Irish Independent, and were finalists in last year's IDI and Fit Out Awards.
Roisin believes spatial layout is the foundation of any good design project. She will look critically at the Super Garden designers unless a space is fully functional and creates an exciting experience for the client. This is Roisin's overriding principle, be it interior, exterior, commercial or residential design, and of course garden design and landscaping.
Leonie Cornelius is a garden designer and Interior architect based in the North West of Ireland. and is no stranger to Super Garden. In 2012 Leonie was one of Super Gardens aspiring designers. Ater winning the show in 2012 she went on to design two award winning gardens at Bloom in the park-2012-2013 where she won a gold, a silver-gilt and Best in category medals. Now she return to Super Garden and is in the ideal position to mentor our 5 new designers through the sersies in the hope of winning the coveted place at Bloom.
Originally from Germany, Leonie spent her childhood years living in the NW of Germany and Greece before settling in Ireland with her family at the age of 7. After school Leonie gained a higher degree in Interior architecture and Design and subsequently went on to study Garden Design with the prestigious KLC school of Design in Chelsea, London, graduating top of her class in 2011.
Her business Blume design house intends to bring the highest quality of design both inside and out and strives to create extraordinary design for the client. As an Interior Architect and Garden Designer, Leonie Cornelius inspiration both from the natural prairie planting styles as well as clear architectural lines and symmetries resulting in an exciting synthesis of old and new. Nature and Architecture working in perfect harmony.
In 2013 Leonie was invited to be the resident garden design expert on the RTE Today Show with Daithi O Se and Maura Derrane, where she had a fortnightly slot. Leonie writes a monthly column for the Sligo Now and Mature Living Magazines. Aside from taking on private and commercial design jobs she is also working on her first book.