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Super Garden 2011: Search for Ireland's next Super Gardener


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:07 pm    Post subject: Super Garden 2011: Search for Ireland's next Super Gardener Reply with quote

Got this email today, thought this would be a good place to post it!

NEW SERIES OF 'SUPER GARDEN'
COULD YOU BE A SUPER GARDENER?

Are you passionate about gardening? Is it your ambition to be a garden designer? Do you dream of winning a Gold Medal at Chelsea?

'Super Garden' is seeking 5 amateur garden designers to compete for the title of 'Super Gardener' in the new RTÉ series, to be broadcast in May 2011.

A passion for gardening is a must, as is creative flair, and the ability to design a garden to a budget and deadline.
So if you feel you have what it takes, this is what you need to do!

Email us and tell us briefly why you love garden design, and what your dream design would be. Where possible, please enclose basic plans or drawings.

Email: supergarden@vipmg.tv

Only amateur garden designers are eligible to enter this competition.
Filming will take place during the months of March and April 2011, so applicants must be available for filming during this time.


Contact:

The Super Garden Team
(01) 864 1444
http://www.rte.ie/tv/supergarden/index.html
Watch online:
RTÉ Player http://www.rte.ie/player/#v=1089200

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff...Hopefully there will be loads of interest..There's a lot of talent out there...
Last years programme is running at the moment..

See what you think to last years winning design...Here's the before and after...



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be nice to see for once Supergarden" actually featuring a garden where plants are the primary focu.

The program primarlily features hard landscaping, art pieces, painted walls, barbeques and fences with plants thrown in nearly as an afterthought......
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well said john I was afraid to put my head above the parapet again, getting sensitive to the pot shots. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice to see a dipping pond so near the house
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I no longer watch these types of "gardening" programmes. You cannot do garden "makeovers" as nature takes a little longer than half an hour to perform miracles..... TV seems to want everything to happen "instantly".
I used to feel like crying when Diarmuid Gavin would tear up established gardens and put in horrendous structures that had more to do with his ego than gardening.
Gardening should be about working with nature ( and wildlife ) not subjugating it into a suffocating straitjacket.
So blame him ! He started it all..... !!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's crap. Of the few plants in it, the only ones I like are the fern and the ivy on the wall.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hate those programmes. Give me Gardeners World or Dermot O'Neill anyday!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 7:13 pm    Post subject: hmmm Reply with quote

Excuse me but isn't this 2014?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blame john32c. He resurrected this thread after three plus years!!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whatever about 'Show" (off?) Gardens, here is something really interesting:
There is a research project underway, comparing plant health and resistance to pests, using organic and 'conventional' soil management. It is being run by Scotland's Rural College and Teagasc. Search 'Cabbage root fly' at www.sruc.ac.uk
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't mean to knock show gardens, as at Bloom, Chelsea, etc, only those that do silly stuff just to get noticed.
At Bloom last year I was taken by a semi-wild garden inspired by, I think, the Comeragh mountains. In it there were some examples of well grown, beautiful looking common rushes beside a pond (the kind farmers around here spend a lot of time and money trying to eradicate). It made me realise, once again, that a weed is only a plant in the wrong place.
Guess what I have carefully dug up and transplanted to beside my pond? They will look great when they are grown up.
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