Programme 2

Designer: Des Kingston, Ballyneety, Limerick


The new series of Super Garden returns with 5 new budding designers battling it out to secure a coveted show garden spot at Bloom 2017, Ireland's premier garden festival.

Our first Designer Ashling Harrison from Rathgar is helping 20 year old Oran Grainger surprise his mum Anna with the Super Garden of her dreams. It isn't just the homeowners Ashling needs to impress, she is hoping her Scanadanavian inspired Hygee Design will go all the way to Bloom. With just 5 weeks to transform the garden, Ashling will need to pull out all the stops to impress the Super Garden judges.


Designer: Designer: Des Kingston, Ballyneety, Limerick
Occupation: Graphic Designer

Tipperary born Des Kingston met his art teacher wife Kathleen while studying graphic design in Limerick. The lovebirds have four children together, Simon (32), Jessie (26), Susan (19) and Adam (13) and have spent the last 27 years converting a derelict church and graveyard into their dream family home and garden. Des was incredibly proud when eldest son Simon got married in 2015 and chose the formal garden he had created as the backdrop to the wedding. Des set up a sign design company after leaving college but it was hit hard during the recession. He is now eager for a new challenge and feels garden design allows his creativity to flourish. Showcasing his Super Garden design at Bloom would mean the world to Des.


Homeowners: Rachel Mescall and Pat Fitzpatrick, Annacotty, Limerick

Rachel, Pat and their two sons Nathan (8) and Mason (6) moved from a terrace house with no garden in Limerick city to their new dream home in Annacotty five months ago. It was a long and emotional journey but the goal to have a beautiful garden for their growing boys to play in kept their dream alive. Rachel loved gardening as a child and as a nutritional advisor, would love their Super Garden to have a space to grow vegetables.


Design: Rustica Hibernia

Entitled Rustica Hibernia or Rural Ireland, the garden delicately blends industrial, agricultural and local historic influences in a contemporary urban setting. The grass slope is transformed into a 3 tier paved and gravel area with formal planting starkly contrasting the repurposed woodwork. A family photo of the Fitzpatrick's ancestors forms a personalised backdrop to the garden, while a rotating vegetable wheel completes the old world industrial feel.

Des's Garden Design

Des is hoping to impress with his Rustica Hibernia or Rural Ireland garden, which delicately blends industrial, agricultural and local historic influences in a contemporary setting.