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June 8, 2012

Changing Perspectives – Show Garden Bloom 2012

by Ciaran Burke

Grafitti covered walls, dumped and battered old washing machine and litter strewn ground greet the visitor, not the typical welcome for a visior to a Bloom garden. Between the concrete blocks there are glimpses of a brighter place, a more colourful and welcoming place.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

This was a show garden that took the visitor on a journey, to understand the barriers of disability and the potential of those who are allowed to develop their gifts once such barriers are broken down in our society. The vandalized walls represent untapped talent and expressions of the individuals that could be art work in a different environment. The visitors enter the garden through a vortex emerging into a place of hope, opportunity colour and beauty.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

David Shortall one half of the garden design team works with REHAB, an organisation who for over 60 years, has been supporting people with disabilities and the marginalised to achieve their goals, maximise their potential and participate fully in communities.

The full effect of their contrasting effect was nearly ruined by the hard working cleaning staff working in the show gardens area at Bloom. Dedicated workers picked up every bit of his show garden litter, even the tiniest pieces of plastic, luckily the garden designers were able to quickly get their hands on some rubbish to throw around their garden.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

A feature of the garden was a wheelchair accessible tree house which some lucky visitors were able to enjoy and get a high point view of the Bloom show gardens.

A happy visitor to the wheel chair accessible tree house!

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

All the plants in the garden were grown by people on REHAB programmes and garden furniture and sculptures were made from recycled materials like old washing machine drums that made up the stylish garden seating. The garden was a show garden with a different perspective,  demonstrating the challenges faced by people with disabilities, and the need to break down barriers, and demonstrated the important role art, horticulture and gardening can play in developing opportunity and allowing people marganilised by society to find expression. A garden which was about people,  all people.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

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EXPERIENCE THE JOURNEY THROUGH THE VORTEX BY WATCHING THE VIDEO

CHANGING PERRSPECTIVES A SHOW GARDEN AT BLOOM

 Learn about the work of REHAB

http://rehab.ie/

June 2, 2012

Jane Mc Corkell’s My Garden is a garden for everyone -BLOOM 2012

by Ciaran Burke
Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Maybe it’s the economic climate, maybe people are more nostalgic when times are hard and we reminisce with our rose tinted glasses as we look back on the days that were better. Some of my favourite show gardens at Bloom have a touch of the past about them, where the simplistic design relies on a strong selection of plant material and the emphasis on plant composition. The overall large garden category award went to Jane McCorkell for her entry “Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’, a garden with straight borders and a central lawn. Simply a gardeners garden, lots of colourful herbaceous planting, a veg patch, greenhouse and potting area.  I like it a lot!

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

The garden which was designed as a space that can be recreated by visitors in their own homes incorporating a working garden for horticultural enthusiasts while offering an engaging space for all the family.  Jane Mc Corkell has had four previous entries at Bloom and she sets a high standard where nothing less than gold is the result.

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

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http://www.janemccorkelllandscape.ie/

June 6, 2010

Show garden moments

by Ciaran Burke

A few images from my early morning visits to the show gardens at bloom.

It is not all glamour and glitz for garden designers. Top pic; Gold medal winner Jane Mc Corkell is busy watering her garden in the sunshine on Saturday morning, her garden is called “The Rain Garden”. Upper Middle pic; the GIY garden being watered on Saturday, no need to water tomorrow after all the rain today.
Lower Middle pic; Dawn Aston’s shoes in her Engaging Space -“Urban Oasis” her garden allows people to walk around inside- it was awarded a silver gilt medal; view from terrace of Dawn’s Urban Oasis, it was amazing to see throngs of people crowding through her garden in the rain today.

June 5, 2010

The Rain Garden designed by Jane Mc Corkell

by Ciaran Burke

Jane Mc Corkell returns to Bloom this year performing her own style of alchemy, using steel and water to produce gold. Steel structures form dramatic shapes above the patio where a central sculpture rises from the ground. Her brief for Bloom explains the function of the garden. “Water is collected from the roof, and the hard surfaces in the garden, it flows to an underground ‘Rain Water Harvesting Unit’, and can then be used internally and externally in a variety of ways.”

The garden also features stylish planting; pristine white stemmed birch, upright spires of foxgloves and swaying stems Stipa grasses. Ivy clad boundaries feature rusted iron butterflies nestled amongst the verdant backdrop. A garden awash with innovation and style.
http://www.janemccorkelllandscape.ie/

June 5, 2010

Specsavers Garden- Eclipse 2010 by Paul Doyle, Gold Medal

by Ciaran Burke

Paul Doyle returns to Bloom this year, after winning a Gold medal in 2008. This years garden once again demonstrates Paul’s sense of style with a formal garden featuring a sculpture of his own design. Formal lines are enhanced with wonderful details. Upturned wine bottles fill the central aisle, succulent plants carpet the earth and pairs of glasses decorate planters. Truly a great spectacle!

I am delighted to see a clasmate from the Botanic Gardens being so successful.

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