Winning Super Garden would be like winning the lotto for Anthony Faulkner, a 40-year-old landscaper from Carrick-On-Suir, Tipperary.
Having worked in gardens since the age of 20, Anthony has long dreamed of getting a 'super garden' to Bloom - Ireland's annual gardening festival.
Having recently set up his own landscaping company, the Tipperary man is hoping to create a woodland refuge to relax the Hartnett family but excite the judges. However, he may have bitten off more than he can chew...
With four autistic children to take care of, Niall and his wife Natalie Hartnett have their hands full and are looking for a garden that will provide a refuge from the stresses of their day to day lives.
The family live with their four children; Jade (11), Gavin (10), Alex (8), and Charlie (6) in a cosy family home in Hospital, Co. Limerick. As all four children have autism, Natalie and Niall have had to leave work to become full-time carers to meet their children’s various needs.
Every minute is spent running between medical appointments and every penny is stretched to cover the cost of installing a physiotherapy playroom.
The couple are hoping that a garden designer can provide them with a place to unwind while still being able to keep an eye on the children.
Although the Hartnett family love Anthony’s 'Tranquility Garden' design and his big personality, it soon becomes clear that his lack of preparation means that this garden could create more stress than a refuge for the couple.
Natalie’s father Billy happens to be an experienced builder but tempers get frayed when it’s clear the landscaper's failure to schedule enough workers means his daughter will have to help wheel in barrows of wet cement for foundations.
Anthony admits he’s been out of his depth and expresses his deep gratitude to the Hartnett's who he says should share in the prize if the garden does end up going to Bloom.