Wednesday 28 September 2016

Super Garden: Designer transforms boring Dublin garden into a back yard oasis but is it worthy of Bloom?

Published 10/05/2016 | 21:00

Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne
Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne
Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin
Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne

An Irish horticulturalist was tasked with the job of transforming a suburban garden into an inspired family space on this week’s episode of RTE’s Super Garden, is it enough to nab a spot at Bloom in the Park?

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Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne along with their baby Sophia on tonight's episode of the hit show.

Throughout the build, Rachel comes under some severe time pressures, but manages to pull it all together on time for the judges’ visit.

The garden was designed with the idea that it would be an extension of the couple’s home and Rachel’s motivation was to create a cottage style garden in the suburban setting of Dublin 15.

Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne
Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne

The cottage style planting includes fruit trees, soft fruit bushes, aromatic scented culinary herbs, shrubs, perennials and specimen trees which will provide colour and year round interest. 

The strong lines of the patio, lawn and beds give structure, softened by the planting and lifted with colour.

Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne
Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne
Before: Rachel Gerrard, garden designer from Dublin, pushed forward with her plans to create a ‘Culinary Chic’ garden for Tyrellstown couple Laura Omer and Tony Byrne

As pretty as the finished product was, Rachel comes up against some stiff competition from last week’s contender Gerry McDonald, whose colourful Mullingar Garden impressed the judges.

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.

Earlier in the series Hazel Moran was tasked with the transformation of a County Mayo Garden, which drew inspiration from the natural land and seascape surrounding it.

The RTE series sponsored by Woodie’s and Cuprinol sees the winning designer rebuild their garden at Bloom in the Park 2016.

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

Catch Super Garden on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on RTÉ One

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