Tuesday 14 August 2018

Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree at cancer Bloom garden

Garden designer Peter Cowell in the Marie Keating Foundation garden at Bloom. Photo: Damien Eagers
Garden designer Peter Cowell in the Marie Keating Foundation garden at Bloom. Photo: Damien Eagers

Sorcha O'Connor

A collaboration between 'Hairy Gardeners' Peter Cowell and Monty Richardson and the Marie Keating Foundation at Bloom this week aims to highlight that skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Ireland.

The green-fingered duo from the UK have teamed up with the foundation to design a "journey garden" for their first Bloom show. The garden features calming yellow and purple colours in what designer Peter Cowell calls "a medicinal space for the mind".

"It is about making people more aware. It is a journey garden for people who are dealing with cancer and the journey of treatment and hopefully being clear from it in the end," he told the Irish Independent. "It is not about the losses, it is about beating it."

The main feature of the garden is a 45-year-old oak tree which was designed with Marie Keating ribbons in mind. The public will be able to "tie a yellow ribbon" around a nearby Perspex tree when they visit.

The Hairy Gardeners, who acquired the moniker thanks to their hipster beards, visited Ireland five times ahead of the competition to finalise their designs with the foundation.

'The Greener Way' garden, a joint effort from Fingal County Council and IT Blanchardstown, is a representation of the Fingal Way, a planned future pedestrian and cycling network linking communities.

"What we are trying to do is get people thinking about open spaces, and the multi-purposes of open spaces, not just as recreational spaces but also a space for nature, a space for natural play and playgrounds, with stones and fallen tree trunks for children to play on," said Mark Finnegan of Fingal County Council.

Bloom runs from tomorrow to June 4 in the Phoenix Park.

Irish Independent

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