Monday, 17 May 2010
SUPER GARDEN, RTÉ One, From Wednesday 12th of May, 8.00pm
SUPER GARDEN returns for a brand new series in which five amateur garden designers compete to showcase their garden at this year's 2010 Bloom Festival.
This season the series returns with a new mentor Mary Reynolds (Gold Medal winner at Chelsea in 2002 and a judge on the last series) Mary will be on hand to offer our five amateurs advice and guidance as they plot their designs. With only five weeks and a budget of €6,000 to design their garden the amateurs face a difficult challenge.
This year's participants include: Eimear McDonnell, from Howth; Padraig O'Loughlin, an artistic Garda from Wicklow; Fiachra Flannery, a young Kerryman who worked with Diarmuid Gavin on his 2002 award winning Chelsea garden; James McConnell, a sheep farmer from Navan who's passionate about formal garden design and Agata Mocior from Poland now living in Dublin.
Their briefs are all different and are tailored to suit the home-owners' needs. These include:
. A sun garden (Mullingar) - the family want a modern garden which makes the most of most of its sunny position.
. A duck garden (Clontarf) - the owners have 10 ducks so he wants a garden designed to suit their ducks needs.
. A statement garden (Maynooth) - the couple want a garden with the wow factor but which is also dog friendly.
. Cottage garden (Skerries) - owners are looking for a modern take on the traditional Irish cottage garden
. A family garden (Limerick) - home-owners want a low maintenance garden that suits their kids' needs.
On the final day work stops in the garden, and the SUPER GARDEN panel of judges comprising Gary Graham (Project Manager of Bloom), Plantsman Paddy Gleeson and professional landscape architect Tim Austen arrive to inspect the garden and mark each on originality, impact, planting and quality of finish.
The winner of SUPER GARDEN will be announced on the sixth and final episode of the series, when all the designers and judges will meet in the more convivial atmosphere of Powerscourt House and Gardens.
The prize will be awarded to the amateur voted SUPER GARDEN designer 2010, and with it the life-changing opportunity to show their own garden design at this year's Bloom Garden Festival and take their first step into the world of professional garden design.
Mary Reynolds - Garden mentor
Mary Reynolds burst onto the garden design scene when she became the only Irish person to win a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal for a large garden.
As a result of her Chelsea victory in 2002, the British Government commissioned Mary to design a garden for the world-famous Botanical Gardens at Kew in London. The result was Mary's homage to W.B Yeats, her 'Stolen Child' garden.
Since then Mary has done makeovers for the BBC and RTÉ. She's been featured by CNN in a programme about designers with a spiritual dimension; and has co-starred in RTÉ's own Super Garden. Prince Charles has described Mary as his favourite garden designer and she has also been listed on the BBC's website as one of the Top 3 influential designers.
Mary is passionate about sustainable landscape design. She creates landscapes that are sculptural, healing and inspiring. She is equally comfortable with large-scale public commissions or private garden projects.
Tips for your Garden:
. Cover up any grew walls in your garden
. Keep it simple and use the earth to shape your garden
. Use plants that will bring in butterflies and insects into the garden
. Don't use any chemical sprays in the garden, I think using chemicals is a lazy option and we can survive without that.
. Don't bring in too many different plants into the garden - it won't work
. Don't use garden patio's - keep it natural
All garden furniture and accessories were kindly provided by Homebase. www.homebase.co.uk
Large trees supplied by Tullies Nurseries.