CELEBRITY gardener Diarmuid Gavin has helped volunteers transform wasteland at a Dublin homeless shelter into an oasis.
The TV presenter and award-winning horticulturalist got involved after being inspired by local schoolchildren who started the Garden of Hope project in the capital's north inner city.
And he donated an oriental-style shed, part of his exhibition last year at the Chelsea Flower Show, to the courtyard at the rear of the Simon Community accommodation on Sean MacDermott Street.
"I loved working on the project," he said as the 10-day labour of love was brought to a flowering finale.
"I can think of no better place for an exhibit from the Chelsea Flower Show to be permanently located than on Sean MacDermott Street."
The project was dreamt up by students from Larkin Community College and co-ordinated by Localise, which encourages youths to give back to their community.
The US embassy in Dublin, which works with Localise, persuaded Gavin to come on board, and with the volunteers, they completed the project which would otherwise have cost in the region of €80,000.
Glenda Wright, of the Dublin Simon Community, said: "This garden will have such a wonderful impact on our residents," she said.
The Sean MacDermott street shelter accommodates more than 20 long-term homeless people.