Programme 5

Designer: Maddie Dineen, Raharney, Westmeath
Occupation: Budding Garden Designer

Overview

Five budding garden designers are battling it out to secure a coveted show garden spot at Ireland's premier garden festival, Bloom 2017. Our final designer, Mum of 3 Maddie Dineen transforms the Roger Family's back garden into a sanctuary. Complete with an outdoor room and laundry lodge, this clever Super Garden provides much needed extra space for the family of 5 to enjoy whatever the weather!

 

Designer: Maddie Dineen, Raharney, Westmeath
Occupation: Budding Garden Designer

Maddie's fondest childhood memories are gardening and growing vegetables with her mother in their countryside garden. She longed for a similar upbringing for her three children so relocated from Dublin city to a small rural village in Westmeath in 2011. After finding the perfect site, Maddie oversaw the build of her dream home, aswell as the transformation of her one acre field into a stunning cottage garden. Quickly realising her love for landscaping, she completed a FETAC course in Horticulture and enrolled with the Garden Design Academy of Ireland. She is in the process of setting up her own garden design company and feels Bloom could be the perfect platform for her new horizons.

 

Homeowner: Evelyn and Martin Rogers, Clonsilla, Dublin
Occupations: Housewife and customs officer in Dublin Port

Evelyn and Martin have been together for almost thirty years and married for twenty. They have three sons Hayden (17), Michael (14), Emmet (9) who are all sports mad. Hayden plays football for Longford Town FC, Michael plays locally with Corduff FC, while the youngest Emmet plays GAA for St. Peregrines. The last few years have been very challenging for the Rogers family. In 2002, Evelyn's sister was diagnosed with breast cancer and sadly passed away after a long battle with the disease. While still reeling from the grief of losing her sister, Evelyn was shocked to be diagnosed with breast cancer herself. Thankfully she has now made a full recovery and the entire family would love to give her the dream garden she has longed for.

 

Design: Sanctuary

Entitled sanctuary, a path through soft textured planting leads to an intimate relaxation space, especially for Evelyn. The garden also meets the family's practical needs with a utility shed, a social area in the garden's suntrap, as well as a covered dining room for making the most of our Irish summers.

Madeleine's Garden Design

Design: Sanctuary