Super Garden

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This is the garden in Moycullen, Co Galway, created by Anne for the Bowens family for RTE’s  popular Super Garden programme. “The Lazy Daysie Garden” needed to be child-friendly, encourage wildlife and include somewhere to grow edibles and host friendly gatherings.  A fantastic team of talented volunteers worked flat out to help build the garden in just five weeks and the clients were thrilled with the result.

The finished garden had a relaxed, welcoming feel with three different seating areas, a circular lawn and a little play house in the woodland area under the trees. Raised beds of woven willow contained salad plants, herbs and strawberries. Apple trees were planted in galvanised bins, the lids of which were “recycled” into a bird bath for feathered visitors and an unusual candle holder to illuminate gatherings of the human ones! Sweet peas scrambled up hazel wigwams and roses and clematis up a painted trellis – covered seat. Bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects were catered for with verbena, nepeta, lavender and many other plants, chosen to provide colour and interest throughout the seasons. An unusual “dead hedge”, constructed from attractive birch branches and incorporating the remnants of the old escallonia hedge, provided a habitat for all sorts of tiny creatures.

The garden was a great success and was chosen for the promotional sting on the Super Garden series  the following year.

A year after the programme we went back to visit the Bowens family and see how they were getting on in their Super Garden.  We were delighted to find the garden looking stunning and being enjoyed by the whole family.  It was great to help make their dream garden a reality, with the help of such a  wonderful team!

 

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A chance to relax in the garden –
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In the Super Garden with the
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