Construction story at Bloom in the park – Giardino della mostra

Ok, so things just got way too busy at Bloom to give you the rest of the updates on construction.  Apologies!  We obviously finished on time, thanks to huge efforts and ridiculously long hours over many days from all the team involved – I think we broke my previous record for length of time on site at Bloom on any one day with a cracking 17 hours of work put in by 12 people on the Thursday – but it was all worth it as we had a great show with a terrific response to our garden from so many visitors, and a gold medal award to boot from the judges!

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Trees and stones, Giardino della mostra

Looking back over the construction, the photos tell the story.  The guys are smiling in at least some of the pictures, which is great because they were seriously putting in a huge effort, so fair play to them.  Most of us had acquired new aches, pains and muscles by the time the show opened.  

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Placement of the wonderful stone work to the water feature at the head of the garden by Sunny of StoneArt and Alex.

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Stone work partly complete to wall of water feature; Travertine cladding by Mariusz

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Overall view of progress

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Damian, expert troweler and organiser!


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Granite rocks and designer’s hat!

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Paving and edging the paths

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Voluntary work by garden designer and fellow Super garden mentor Marion Keogh 🙂

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Arrival of the big box headed Hornbeam trees under the watchful eye of Andrew King from Gardenworld, Kilquade

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Aligning trees ready for measurement and selection for the garden


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Manoeuvring the trees in to their planting holes


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Plants arrive + social networking by my construction team!

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Super bronze sculpture by designer Eamonn Ceannt (left) and bronze maker David O’Brien of Bronze Art

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Sunny spent a few days perched in this position!

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Installing the mosaic panel in to its supporting frame – light work obviously!


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Expert planting to the front of the garden by Camelia and Dina

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Expert clipping of box hedges by Damian


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Polishing the paving!

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Andrew from Gardenworld expertly pruning the trees and taking time out for a picture!


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Eunan multi-tasking with a bit of pointing and polishing!

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Mick completes planting in the woodland area!


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Planting a show garden – it’s a family affair – thank you Lou (M! x)

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Cleaning up the paving (again!)


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Heads down to the finish!

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Garden finished and ready for viewing!

I hope you like the pictures – the video of the construction is being composed as I write and I will post this soon, I promise.  Also my next post will be about our “show time,” the people and celebrities 🙂 who visited our garden.

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