Irish designed gardens are at the forefront of the exhibits at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Irish gardeners Diarmuid Gavin and Elma Fenton are competing at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Diarmuid Gavin's garden was created with the help of listeners to the RTE 'Marian Finucane Radio Show’. From over 1000 applicants, 15 amateur gardeners were chosen to spend a fortnight digging, watering and labouring at Chelsea. One lucky volunteer says,

Its amazing the actual enthusiasm that this whole thing generates at home.

Diarmuid Gavin’s garden, inspired by the children's television programme ‘Teletubbies’ creates a communal space. It is planted almost exclusively with lavender and box hedging.

After the Chelsea Flower Show the garden will be transported to Dublin, where it will become the permanent garden to an apartment complex on Hanover Quay.

Gardener Elma Fenton of Ellen Landscape Designs in County Kildare is behind the Bord Bia sponsored ‘Moat and Castle Garden’. She has created an environmentally sound garden landscape, with sustainability the key to its design.

Marian Finucane is hugely impressed with the effort that goes into all of the gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show.

When they talk about high standards, they mean it.

Both Diarmuid Gavin and Elma Fenton won silver awards at the Chelsea Flower Show.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 May 2005. The reporter is Brian O’Connell.