Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish landscaper wows on Super Garden with design for young widow who tragically lost her husband

Published 03/05/2016 | 21:00

Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden
Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden
Before Gerry McDonald designed a garden for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden
Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden

There was not a dry eye in the house after this week’s episode of Super Garden as a designer went above and beyond to create a space for a woman who tragically lost her husband three years ago.

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Garden Designer Gerry McDonald was given the important task of creating a garden for Mullingar woman Sarah Egan, whose husband Ronan passed away awaiting a transplant leaving behind two children Clara (17) and Eoghan (10).

Ahead of the project, Sarah admitted that her late husband had been the green-fingers in her family, and she struggled to keep up with the garden in the years after his death.

"He did the garden," said Sarah.

Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden
Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden

"I tried to keep up with the maintenance but I struggled," she said.

As part of the RTE series, which sees the winning designer debut their garden at Bloom 2016, Gerry executed an enviable contemporary space in memory of the man so deeply missed by his loving family.

The Dublin designer found great help in the local community, who helped him keep on top of the time pressures set out by the programme.

Judges were impressed by the garden’s focal point, a walled seating area and Gerry’s successful colour scheme which managed to bring the garden together.

Sarah Egan and her daughter Clara on Super Garden
Sarah Egan and her daughter Clara on Super Garden
Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden

Catch Super Garden on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One

Gerry McDonald (far left) pictured with the other competitors on this year's Super Garden
Gerry McDonald (far left) pictured with the other competitors on this year's Super Garden

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