Five expert Ambassadors have been appointed as the face and voice of GroMór 2017. Kevin Dennis, Jane McCorkell, Ciaran Burke, Marie Staunton and Peter Dowdall will each host demonstrations across the country throughout the season at 40 GroMór events.
Jane McCorkell is one of Ireland’s leading garden designers and recipient of numerous gold medals at Bloom. Jane studied a Degree in Landscape Horticulture at Writtle College, Essex, and a one year gardening apprentice with the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley, Surrey, and went on to complete a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture at UCD. On graduating Jane lectured at the Salesian College of Horticulture and Blanchardstown Institute of Technology. Today Jane practices as a Garden & Landscape Architect and Landscape Horticultural Consultant. Jane has received recognition for her work with ALCI Landscape Awards 2015 –Joint Winner – Private Gardens and an ALCI Awards 2015 –Award of Merit – Private Gardens, along with seven gold medals at Bloom, including four Best in Show awards. Her work has been widely published by Homes and Garden, The Book of Gardens, Passie Voor Tuinen, The Garden Design Journal, Horticulture Weekly, The Irish Times, and many other Irish Newspapers and Publications.
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Bloom Gold Medalist and Urban Garden Designer
Kevin Dennis, BSc Horticulture, is a garden designer, horticulturist and founder of Cityscape Gardener. Kevin was overall winner of Ireland’s 2014 Bloom Festival with his ‘City Life Garden’. His passion is taking urban areas and transforming them into places of beauty and calm. Kevin feels that even the tiniest space, whether a balcony or a back yard can become a garden, and that city gardens are just as important as public spaces and key spaces for today’s outdoor living habits. He is now following on with his initiative to promote an Urban Greening Theme and is developing his ideas in city garden spaces. Kevin has been featured in the Independent newspaper, the Journal.ie, and has been interviewed on RTE and TV3. Awards ALCI Awards 2015
- A best in category award for his ‘Contemporary Urban Garden’
- Award of merit for ‘City Garden in Dublin 6’.
Bloom 2014 – Gold Medal in the large garden category and ‘Best in show’. Bloom 2013 – Silver Gilt Medal in the medium garden category.
- ALCI Awards – Six awards achieved from 2010 to 2013.
Marie Staunton has become firmly established as a gardening journalist, writer and lecturer, with a change of a highly successful 20 year modelling career following completion of a degree course at the College of Amenity Horticulture, Glasnevin. Marie was the Gardening Correspondent for the Irish Independent for a number of years, with a weekly gardening column, and has hosted a one hour television special for Bloom. Along with giving gardening demonstrations and classes around the country, Marie voluntarily maintains the gardens at St. Michael’s House in Santry.
Photo credit: Ronan Lang
Ciarán Burke started gardening when he was seven. He later graduated from the National Botanic Gardens and for over fifteen years he has been lecturing and training students in horticulture for Royal Horticultural Society Qualifications. Ciarán runs The Garden School at RHSI situated in Marlay Park in Dublin. The Garden School is a social enterprise; in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland offers free horticultural training to unemployed and people with intellectual disabilities through The New Growth Project. Ciarán gives talks to horticultural societies and garden groups; is himself a keen gardener. He writes a blog on Blooms ‘n Food and writes articles for The Irish Garden magazine. Ciarán also makes twig sculptures called Scoodoos that encourage people to engage with nature and raise awareness of the beauty and importance of trees.
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Peter Dowdall is an Irish based Horticultural Consultant and Garden Designer. He trained and worked in the UK and the Channel Islands before returning to Ireland.
Peter is the Gardening Columnist with the Irish Examiner newspaper and is a regular on Irish TV having presented several gardening series on RTE and regularly featuring on TV3. Peter currently presents gardening on the Today programme on RTE 1 television. He has also featured on the BBC and Channel 4 and his last two series of How to Create a Garden were broadcast in New Zealand and South Africa. He also answers gardening queries weekly on Cork Today on C103FM.