Diarmuid Gavin, award-winning gardener and TV personality, will officially launch his critically acclaimed Chelsea Flower Show Garden at Dundrum Town Centre today after weeks of preparation and months of planning.
With eight previous Chelsea Flower Show displays under his belt, Diarmuid Gavin’s vision for his ‘Garden of Pure Imagination’ design was sparked as he walked through another flower show with a friend, who remarked that one of the elements was ‘Very Heath Robinson’, referencing the English cartoonist and illustrator best known for his drawing of ridiculously complicated machines and contraptions.
Diarmuid Gavin’s inspiration for his Dundrum Town Centre garden design
Taking inspiration from the renowned illustrator, Diarmuid Gavin began to design the Dundrum Town Centre garden with Robinson’s work in mind. As the garden began to take shape, Diarmuid took further inspiration from the surreal fantasy of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and its soundtrack, ‘Pure Imagination’. With seven moving parts, the garden will transform into a whirlwind of mechanical magic every fifteen minutes. Flowerbeds will rise from the ground, trees will twirl, a wooden shed will come to life full of cogs and gardening gadgets, and 12 box balls will dance around.
Gavin commented: “It’s always a delight to bring a garden from Ireland to the Chelsea Flower Show but it’s a rare treat to bring one back home. We are beyond excited at the prospect of revealing the Dundrum Garden of Pure Imagination, our first ever Chelsea exhibit to be recreated for public enjoyment.”
An army of experts came together to create this garden, including ground works specialists; stone masons; metal fabricators; electrical contractors; electrical engineers; horticulturists; set designers; project managers; and garden designers, putting their skills to task creating the labyrinthine display. In total, the garden can be broken down into the following:
· 19 tonnes of steel, motors, cogs, crank shafts and wheels make up the magical display
· 1,200 clay bricks were salvaged to create the quaint walls and steps
· 14 tonnes of sand, two tonnes of cement and 8000 flowering plants make up the more traditional elements of the garden
· Two huge Hornbeam trees weighing five tonnes each were lifted from a field in Belgium, craned onto trucks and driven by road, with two ferry crossings, to Dundrum
· An automated wooden model of the garden, which took 300 hours to create, will also be on display
Diarmuid Gavin’s garden design in Dundrum will be open to the public during the summer, seven days a week in accordance with the centre opening hours. The attraction is free of charge to visitors and suitable for all ages.