Tuesday 6 December 2016

Super Garden: Which designer deserves the spot at Bloom on tomorrow night’s final?

Published 01/06/2016 | 15:13

Alexandra Hollingsworth's ‘Victorian meets Morocco’ garden
Hazel’s design ‘Gairdín Tuathúil’ (Rustic Garden) aimed to reflect Croagh Patrick one of Ireland’s most important pilgrimage sites.
Gerry McDonald's garden designed for the Egan family on RTE's Super Garden
Glenn Keelan's 'Creative Coastal' Garden
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

It’s been an incredible set of transformations on this series Super Garden but which designer is deserving of the much coveted spot at Bloom in the Park?

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Will it be Hazel Morahan’s Westport garden inspired by a rugged Mayo hill that will claim the crown? Or perhaps it will be Alexandra Hollingsworth’s family-friendly oasis in Glasnevin that will steal the judges’ hearts and acclaim the prized spot in Phoenix Park.

The winner of the RTE series will be announced tomorrow during a live episode of Super Garden broadcast from Dublin’s Phoenix Park at 8.45PM. Viewers can also cast their vote in this series of the show.

The Contenders

Designer: Hazel Morahan

Location: Westport, Mayo

Brief: To make the exposed garden more private from the public walkway that was recently commissioned by the Local Council. Homeowner Joanne was also keen for the space to be child-friendly for her daughter Lily Rose (7).

Result: Hazel’s design ‘Gairdín Tuathúil’ (Rustic Garden) aimed to reflect Croagh Patrick one of Ireland’s most important pilgrimage sites.

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Hazel Morahan's design in Westport

 

Designer: Gerry McDonagh

Location: Mullingar, Westmeath

Brief: To create a family-friendly garden for widower Sarah and her children, who was struggling with the up-keep and maintenance since her husband Ronan passed away three years ago.

Result: Gerry’s design ‘Recreation’ took elements from the garden Ronan minded with care and aimed to instil new influences that honoured his memory. The garden included an entertainment/patio area, relaxation space, a walled seated area and low maintenance plants.

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

 

Designer: Rachel Gerrard

Location: Tyrellstown, Dublin

Brief: To create a family friendly space to entertain friends and to share happy family moments.

Result: Rachel’s design ‘Culinary Chic’ aimed to be classic but also contemporary, using some edible but all non-toxic planting for the safety of the children of the house.

Rachel believed the strong lines of the patio, lawn and beds gave structure which was softened by the planting and lifted with colour.

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Rachel Gerrard's 'Culinary Chic' garden

 

Designer: Alexandra Hollingsworth

Location: Glasnevin, Dublin

Brief: To create a family friendly garden, taking into account the North facing aspect. The period home in Glasnevin had a unique history with ‘ferns’ and Alex was charged with honouring the built heritage of St. David’s Terrace.

Result: Alex’s ‘Victorian meets Morocco’ design faced with unique challenges, in particular the problem of restricted access to the garden which called for all building materials to be passed through the front door.

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Alexandra Hollingsworth's ‘Victorian meets Morocco’ garden

 

Designer: Glenn Keelan

Location: Rush, Dublin

Brief: To create a family friendly garden with room to entertain and a space for the homeowner’s daughter, Caitlin (2).

Result: Glenn’s ‘Creative Coastal’ design aimed to blend urban and seaside inspirations and included mixed planting schemes offering both colour and texture.

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Glenn Keelan's 'Creative Coastal' Garden

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