Customers of Kee’s of Laghey garden store are in for a treat this Saturday when RTÉ supergarden show winner James McConnell visits. James will speak to customers at 2pm and it promises to be an entertaining and informative presentation.
James has real pedigree in the gardening world, his tv win backed up by a superb silver medal in Bloom Garden Festival for his beautiful show garden Urban Idyll - a garden with a real resonance for Donegal poetry lovers as it was dubbed ‘the Allingham garden’ thanks to the four ducks the garden accommodated!
For Bloom James recreated his Supergarden design which has now gone on to be one of the most iconic show gardens in the history of garden festivals. The garden James recreated had a ravishing decorative vegetable plot, that accommodated four ducks in a miniature canal, nurtured rhubarb under terracotta forcers and illustrated companion- planting by mixing marigolds and lavender with leeks and cabbage. The public response to this elegant, atmospheric potager was phenomenally enthusiastic.
‘Gardens with Atmosphere’ is an illustrated talk on garden design. Presented on PowerPoint, which features a wide range of international, Irish and local gardens. James McConnell discusses and analyses these beautiful and timeless gardens, bringing his experience as a gardener, garden designer, RTE Supergarden winner, and Bloom Silver Medallist 2010 to bear on the joys and challenges of creating practical, structured and atmospheric gardens. The talk, which is both informative and entertaining, is co-presented with John Curran.
James strongly believes that his double success in winning The RTE Supergarden competition and the silver medal for his show garden in Bloom is partly due to the inclusion of the Donegal poet William Allingham’s poem “Four Ducks on a Pond” in the design of the garden. James says the moment he decided to use the poem the garden took on an otherwordly feeling. Visitors were charmed by the poem at Bloom and the garden has since been referred to as the Allingham garden.
James will be appearing in Kee’s Garden Centre, Laghey this Saturday May 19th, at 2pm, to present Gardens With Atmosphere
At Kees this Saturday James who co-presents with John Curran, will put a strong emphasis on gardening in Donegal, with its particular needs and conditions, and will provide very focussed suggestions for garden structure and planting that is north-west friendly and appropriate.
As always in ‘Gardens with Atmosphere’ James McConnell shares the sources of his inspiration and his refreshing view-point in a down to earth way that has charmed audiences of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The presentation is a rare chance to meet Supergarden winner James McConnell and to hear his unique views. Refreshements will be served. For more information contact Kees on 0749721805.
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