Gary Graham is the brains behind the Bloom Garden Show, now in its ninth 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 15 years. Ten years ago he recognised the need for Ireland to have its own 'Chelsea Flower Show' and nine years ago Bord Bia took on the role of organising and underwriting the now highly successful event. 106,000 visitors attended the Bloom show in 2014. 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 6 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
Paddy Gleeson - Judge, returns to Super Garden for his 7th year as judge. After receiving a diploma in horticulture with distinction from the National Botanic Gardens, Paddy went on to graduate from UCD with a B.Ag.Sc.Hort honours degree four years later.
He held the position of National Nursery Stock Specialist for over 25 years with Teagasc (The Irish Agricultural & Food Development Authority) during which time he lead the development of the modern Irish nursery stock industry, Paddy was also 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 Super Garden has grown year on year. He is particularly looking forward to see how this year's designers use their creative skills to communicate the culinary, sustainability and up cycling of materials in decorative and ornamental gardens.
Roisin Lafferty, representing Cuprinol, runs Kingston Lafferty Design, a leading Irish Design agency based in Dublin. Her work has been featured in magazines at home and across the world as far as Brazil, including The Sunday Times, Image Interiors and Living, House and Home, Living Etc to name but a few.
Roisin is an Interior Architect and consults regularly with Dulux and particularly with garden paint brand Cuprinol. Their ambition to make the garden the fifth room of the house, blurring the traditional lines of interior and exterior fits perfectly with Roisin's design ethos, and features heavily in Roisin's work to date.
Roisin believes that good design translates between interiors and exteriors. A well designed layout is the most important part of any design and provides the client with an exciting and positive experience.
Roisin has worked across Europe in countries such as Ireland, UK & Switzerland, spanning across the retail, corporate & residential sectors. At Kingston Lafferty Design, design services and solutions are provided for including Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design and Hard Landscaping to Graphics and Brand Design. Kingston Lafferty Design is based in Ranelagh, Dublin.
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 Garden's aspiring designers. After winning the series, Leonie 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.
Leonie's installation for the Dubarry of Ireland brand was judged by RHS judges and won her a Gold medal at the Chelsea in Bloom event in London last year.
Now she returns to Super Garden and is in the ideal position to mentor the 5 new designers through the series in the hope of winning the coveted place at Bloom 2015.
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.
Leonie's weekly column entitled 'Inspired Planting' for the Irish Independent Weekend magazine goes out to over 570,000 people every Saturday.
Kevin Williams â€“ Representing Woodie's is a new face to the Super Garden Team this year. Kevin's role in Super Garden is acting as Woodie's Landscape Mentor. He will be mentoring the 5 designers on aspects of their designs requiring construction and hard landscaping advice.
Kevin will also feature on the Woodie's website with helpful guides and tips of how to overcome some common garden construction problems. Kevin is a very accomplished landscape gardener and has been working in the field for over 15 years. Having completed his Teagasc Advanced Certificate in Horticulture, Kevin proceeded to continue advancing his knowledge and skills through working with landscapers and designers who themselves were Bloom Award winners. He eventually set up his own business and had a display garden in the National Garden Exhibition Centre of Ireland, in Kilquade, Co. Wicklow. During this time he completed several courses in stone-wall building and stonemasonry and has put these skills to use in constructing large natural waterfalls, feature walls and natural stone paving.
Kevin hopes that his involvement in the show this year will help the 5 designers with the practical application of their design. He has a very enthusiastic and energetic personality and hopes to bring some energy and bright smiles to each of the projects.