Programme 3

Designer: Lisa McKnight

Lisa McKnight is a busy self employed mother of two from Bunratty...

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The Mentor: Tim Austen

Tim Austen is a multi award-winning garden designer and the owner of Austen Associates. His work and gardens have been featured in Image Interiors magazine, Gardens Illustrated and the GLDA Compass magazine. Tim's design approach has resulted in high profile awards. These include a Gold medal and Peoples' Favourite Garden at Bloom 2008, a Gold medal and Best in Large Gardens Category award at Bloom 2009 and a Silver-Gilt medal for his 2011 large garden.

Tim is an accredited designer with the Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) and is a member and former Treasurer of the Irish Landscape Institute. Tim has appeared as a judge on Supergarden in 2010 and 2011 but this year he will return to Supergarden 2013 in a new capacity as mentor to designer Lisa McKnight.

The Clients

Lisa will be creating her Supergarden in the back garden of Alison Cregan and Alan Byrnes in Co.Limerick. The couple are looking for a garden that's low maintenance, contemporary and classical, so designer Lisa McKnight plans to impress with an architecturally impressive combination of garden rooms, complete with romantic planting and original designer furnishings such as a love seat and garden pavilion.

The Garden

A Romantic Senses Garden (Limerick) In episode 2 of Supergarden, Galway based designer Nathan Nokes wants to create a sea side garden in a small semi-detached back garden in Loughrea. With some fishy murals and some colourful plans for his beach huts, his mentor Jane McCorkell has some concerns. But will Nathan's beach theme bag him a place in Bloom?

The Challenge

Lisa McKnight has a long established career in landscape architecture. These high budget projects have included hotel and hospital grounds, playgrounds and public spaces, and have required large teams of contractors to complete them. Lisa's challenge on Super Garden is very different indeed. She has never done a show garden, and with only 4 weeks and a budget of 5,000 euro, will Lisa be able to finish the perfect 'romantic senses' garden in time to impress the judges?

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