Last night on RTÉ One, Super Garden returned for a brand new series in which five of Ireland's up and coming garden designers compete to showcase their work at the annual Bloom Festival on the 30th of May.
Once again our five competitors will take on the challenge of transforming five ordinary gardens into show gardens worthy of a spot at the coveted garden show. They have just four weeks and a budget of €15,000 for materials which includes €5,000 for Irish grown planting.
This year, the designers will be judged by design lecturer Monica Alvarez, former Super Garden winner Brian Burke and, representing Bloom by Bord Bia, Gary Graham.
First up is Dermot Davis from Greystones, Co. Wicklow who hopes to wow the judges by showcasing his eclectic style and quirky ideas.
The forty-four-year-old started his own landscaping company in the mid-90s, building a successful business over the years, but in 2009 he had to close his landscaping company in the economic crash. By 2014 he was unable to keep up his mortgage payments and lost his home. He credits his strong family for helping him through a very tough period in his life.
Dermot is now in a much better place and is engaged to his fiancée Martha who he met 4 and a half years ago. Martha, originally from Uganda, has become Dermot’s rock and with things looking up he’s determined to get his life back on track.
If he wants to earn himself a spot at Bloom this year, he'll have to transform a dull and muddy garden into something spectacular.
Alan and Jane
Homeowners Alan and Jane have lived in Greystones for 13 years, with their two children Tom (12) & Sarah-Jane (9) but their garden is in dire need of some TLC. The large plot of grass with accompanying mud border, has no colour, no personality, and no character.
The couple bought their house at the height of the boom and spent all their savings on renovating their home but their 1980’s checkerboard paved patio has ripped open many knees in its time. The family are in desperate need of a Super Garden makeover and they believe Dermot is the man for the job.
Sun and Games
Dermot pitched Alan and Jane a ‘Sun and Games’ design, a contemporary, modern, alfresco style garden that he hopes will be perfect for Bloom 2019. There is a private sun lounge area with a water feature close by.
A sunken room with seating for one will offer escape and a nice quiet space to view the sky or stars. This room will be partially hidden behind a crooked window in front to add privacy. A games area will include a table tennis table which can be used for dining in between games.
Underneath, the surface will feature Dermot’s creative take on a playing pitch with added seating areas for spectators. A white brick fireplace in a Scandinavian alfresco style with a real stove fire for cold nights and a feature wall covered in mosaic tiling. After dark, a curved central lamp will shine through the netting and illuminate the games area.
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