SILVER MEDAL CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2023 SUPPLIERS “CAVERNOMA ON MY MIND”

The Cavernoma on My Mind Garden: This garden, co-designed with Taina Suonio, was designed to raise awareness of the Cavernoma condition using the massive, combined media engine of the RHS and the BBC. The condition, though rare, is transformative and debilitating, causing crushing pain, brain haemorrhages and strokes. The gardens core structure: a curved glass staircase, leading to a cantilevered glass balcony was designed to describe the road from diagnosis to resolution. The shock of a new diagnosis making life feel fragile and unsafe. The journey up the stairs was to replicate the building of confidence that an understanding of the condition and support systems can bring. The experience ends at the cantilevered glass balcony was to demonstrate that, although the condition is still frightening, you are safe and can appreciate the beauty around you. The balcony faced the Chelsea Flower Show visitors and was intended to show the future, i.e. back in the crowds. The planting was selected to portray the feelings a cavernoma patient feels. For example; dark planting to show the despair, prickly planting to represent shooting pains and grey planting for all the grey days that pass in a blur. The soft colourful planting was to show that, beauty is still there, waiting in the wings.

GOLD MEDAL AND BEST IN CATEGORY BLOOM IN THE PARK 2010 “ISLANDS”

The Southwest Coast of Ireland has hundreds of small islands tucked in around the shore, some habitable, some left to their own devices. We reversed the elements, so that the land components were waved and the water was level and still. The drystone walls supporting the islands were Liscannor, a hard grey stone that is similar to coastal rock formations and has fabulous waved fossil forms that thousands of years old. The mass planting of “Felicia amelloides” was chosen to emulate sea and foam and the “waves” rushed the boardwalk pathway.

SILVER MEDAL BLOOM IN THE PARK 2010 “THE ORB”

This garden was a study in curved voids and spaces, using the shapes to make rooms and paths. We delineated the voids with timber, metal and low hedges. The main structure, a large seating area, was made in a shipyard in West Cork, the larch uprights steamed into perfect curves and joined together with a bench. The structure is currently on display at Oakfield Park, Raphoe Co. Donegal.