Programme 4

Designer: Declan McKenna

Third time is definitely a charm for our Monaghan designer Declan McKenna (22)....

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The Mentor: Marion Keogh

Meet Marion Keogh - Declan McKenna's Mentor! Each mentor is one of Irelands top garden designer and has won gold at Bloom. Their challenge, to help their emerging designer make it to Bloom.

Marion has won three Bloom medals as part of the collaborative group 3design. Marion, Bernie Torpey and Una Thomas of 3design won a Bronze Medal in 2009 for the CFE garden ‘5x5 In The City’ at Bloom 2009. They collaborated with glass artist Róisín de Buitléar for Bloom 2010 with the ‘Beauty and the Bees’ garden. They were awarded a Silver Gilt medal, Best in Category (Small Gardens) and the Designer’s Choice. 3design were invited to install the Bee Garden in the National Garden Exhibition Centre, Kilquade, Co Wicklow where it is on permanent display. Marion and the 3design team won gold in Bloom in 2012. These days Marion’s solo design business takes her all over the country.

Marion will be mentoring Monaghan designer Declan McKenna. Marion’s advice and tips on working in collaborations will come in handy for Declan who has many friends and family involved in the build of his Supergarden.

The Clients

In episode 4 of Super Garden, Declan McKenna from Monaghan embarks on huge transformation, as he turns a simple green grass garden into a contemporary Chinese oasis.

The Garden

A Contemporary Chinese Garden (Monaghan) – The client wants a ‘Low’ maintenance garden that she can impress her friends and family with, so designer Declan McKenna plans to build a Chinese themed space complete with rivers, tea house and moon gate.

The Challenge

In episode 4 of Super Garden, Declan McKenna from Monaghan embarks on huge transformation, as he turns a simple green grass garden into a contemporary Chinese oasis. Third time is definitely a charm for our Monaghan designer Declan McKenna (22) as he finally makes it onto Supergarden after three years applying. Despite his age he has a lot of knowledge and experience in horticulture. Declan plans to build his contemporary Chinese themed zen garden complete with path of life, pond, waterfall and river, a Chinese bridge and tea house and a moon gate.



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Contact Declan:

Email: declansilverhillfoods@hotmail.com
Mobile: 086 2699993