Tuesday 16 January 2018

Landscape architect wins fifth gold with engaging concept

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

A GARDEN designed as a space that can be recreated by people in their own homes won gold at the Bloom festival on Wednesday.

The overall large garden category went to Jane McCorkell, from Killsallaghan, Co Meath, for her entry, 'Growise My Garden'. The garden can be recreated by visitors in their own homes.

It is the fifth year the landscape architect has competed in Bloom, and the fifth time she has secured gold.

"The whole point of it is that Bord na Mona wanted to promote a garden space that people would feel enthusiastic about and feel engaged, rather than the whole patio, sitting down, barbecue thing," she said.

"More come out, engage and lose a bit of stress. I think this is something that people could do themselves."

Ms McCorkell was coy about whether she felt she would clinch another win this year. "You don't count your chickens," she said.

"You take a risk with doing a garden like this. There is no gimmicky sales thing with this, there's no 'whoa' factor. It is what it is, a suburban back garden.

Other winners included: 'Super Garden -- Cookie and Creams Reclaimed Sanctuary' by Leonie Cornelius, Sligo and 'Greenhouse' by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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