Jane McCorkell's rain-conserving garden wins award at Bloom garden festival in Dublin

Jane McCorkell Image: HW
Jane McCorkell Image: HW

The 'Best in Category' award for large gardens has been won by Jane McCorkell's Rain Garden for the SAP group at the Bloom 2010 show in Dublin.

Judges Andrew Wilson and Mark Gregory chose McCorkell's rain-conserving court yard garden from an "increasingly competitive field".

McCorkell said:  "This is the third large garden we have done here so obviously it's great to have got it.  There are a lot of great gardens here this year and the show is really starting to get the public engaging with gardens a little bit more and it's getting people more interested and understanding that design is not out of their reach.

McCorkell's was one of four gardens awarded gold medals by the judges who said the standard had consistently improved each year over the show's four year history.

Andrew Wilson said:  "I think the show is progressing really well.  The economy has taken a real hit over the last 18 months so a show like this is always a worry but the designers here have really pulled it off."

Mark Gregory said:  "This time last year when things were grim economically there was a fear over whether the show would happen but actually the show is better this year; we have never seen it like this on day one."

Sustainability and locality were key themes across nearly all the gardens with designers actively encouraged by the judging criteria to incorporate Irish plants and materials in their designs.

Gold medal winners Colin Doyle for Gin and Tonic and Anne Hamilton for Islands both said they had concentrated on using locally grown plants to help boost Irish businesses, promote sustainability and benefit biodiversity.

Show organisers Bord Bia - the Irish food board - said early ticket sales were up considerably on previous years to 8,000 and predicted overall numbers would comfortably break the record 58,000 who attended in 2009.

Bord Bia marketing executive and Bloom project manager Gary Graham said:  "We are very happy with the investment we have made in the show because we get a huge return on it.  We monitor every aspect of the show from plant sales to media coverage and every indicator is extremely positive."

Garden winners:


Doylescapes, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 - ‘Gin and Tonic' Jane McCorkell for SAP Group, Kilsallghan, Co. Meath - The Rain Garden Anne Hamilton, Enniskeane, Co. Cork - Islands Paul Doyle, Dublin - The Specsavers Garden:  Eclipse 2010


3Design in collaboration with Roisin de Buitlear, Dublin - Beauty & The Bees Niall Maxwell, Oldtown, Co. Dublin - Victus Ortus Ronnie Nevin, Dublin - Patterns of Change...A Window on the Future Carol Duffy, IPPA, Dublin - IPPA Nature's Playground of Possibilities Dawn Aston and Crawford Leitch -Urban Oasis


Garry Hanaphy and Colm Quinn, Dublin - Be Stylish, Your Way Peter O'Brien & Sons Lanscaping, Malahide, Co. Dublin - The Green Igloo Frazer McDonogh, Wicklow Town - The Travel Department China Garden Fiann o Nuallain, Dublin - The GIY Edible Garden Fiann o Nuallain, Dublin - Behold I Bear Gifts Anu Green, Coach Street, Cork - The Upper End Tim Austen - The VSO Dollar-a-day Garden Russel Shekleton for KHS Landscpaing - The Californian Couryard James McConnel - Urban Idyll


Sinead Finn, Dublin - Kilsaran Lifestyle Garden

For full coverage see HW 11 June.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next



These heralds of spring are highly suited to being planted in tree circles, grass and rock gardens, says Miranda Kimberley.

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Sargent's solutions - tips on how to optimise your application for a gardening job

Making your job application stand out can be key to landing a senior or head gardener position, Alan Sargent explains.



These versatile, evergreen shrubs can flower from October right through to the end of May, Miranda Kimberley finds.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Are you a landscape supplier?

Horticulture Week Landscape Project Leads

If so, you should be receiving our new service for Horticulture Week subscribers delivering landscape project leads from live, approved, planning applications across the UK.

Industry Data

An exclusive report for HW subscribers revealing the key development trends, clients and locations for 2017.


Free to subscribers, the essential guide for professional plant buyers

Download your copy

Products & Kit Resources