Supergarden

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Episode 2 | Thursday 28st May 2020 | RTÉ ONE AT 8PM

The brand new series of Super Garden returns with 5 new budding designers battling it out to secure a coveted show garden spot at Ireland’s premier garden festival, Bord Bia’s ‘Bloom’ in 2021.

This year a new social housing development in a small village called Rowlestown, North County Dublin is home to the Super Garden Competition.

Our five designers will each be given an identical garden as their blank canvas to create their entry into Super Garden. Competing alongside each other for three weeks they will also help each other finish their garden designs.

This weeks Designer, city girl Tara Linnane, married a mushroom farmer and swapped fast paced city life in Dublin for a mushroom farm in Cavan. She’s passionate about the environment, sustainable gardening and permaculture. With her Super Garden design, the ‘Gourmet Garden’ Tara aims to educate and showcase sustainable gardening that can be beautiful as well as functional.

Homeowners Aoife and Youssef, have three young children, sons Adam (11) and Zakariah (6) and a daughter Laila (4). They’ve given Tara a tough brief. Youssef, originally from Morocco, is keen to have a vegetable patch; daughter Laila has a global developmental delay so her parents would love her to have some sensory elements in the garden; the kids all need somewhere to play safely and Aoife just wants to be able to enjoy the sun. Tara has just 3 weeks to prove her ‘Gourmet Garden’ design can educate, feed and provide functional fun for the family.

Can Tara get the balance right or will the Super Garden judges be overwhelmed by education? 

Designer: Tara Linnane (30), Co. Cavan

Occupation: Product Owner (Product Management AIB Mobile App)

Tara, originally from Dublin, is a country girl at heart with a passion for growing vegetables, permaculture and sustainable gardening. Tara discovered her passion for Garden Design and Horticulture at the age of 10, on a trip with her mum to Holland to see the tulip fields. It was no surprise to her family when she decided to study for her BA in Agricultural Science in UCD. Tara planned to move to New York to pursue a career in Rooftop Garden Design but that all changed when she met her future husband, Barry in her protected crops class. Tara went on to study a Masters in Marking at DIT and now works full time as a Product Owner for AIB on the mobile app. She dreams of being a designer.

Tara’s husband Barry comes from a family of mushroom farmers in Cavan, where the couple now live. On the farm they have a polytunnel where they host parties as well as grow fruit, veg and Tara’s prize possession, a banana plant. Tara and Barry have an Instagram account ‘@twopeas_inapolytunnel’ where they like to share their ideas. They also have two Alpacas, Monty and Mo.  

Tara applied for Super Garden this year because she felt the need for a new challenge and is keen to share her passion for sustainable gardening and permaculture. She feels everyone can grow something in their garden or balcony regardless of the size. As a designer Tara is not afraid to push boundaries and take risks. She’s competitive and always wants to be the first to try something new. Going to Bloom 2021 with a show garden has been a goal of Tara’s since the festival first began in 2007. 

Homeowner: Aoife Doyle and Youssef Baotman (39), children Adam (11),  Zakaria (6) and daughter Laila (4)

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Dublin girl Aoife and Youssef, originally from Morocco, met in Spain in 2002. Their holiday romance continued long distance for 5 years until Yousef made the move to Ireland full time, they are now married with three children sons Adam (11),  Zakaria (6) and daughter Laila (4). The family had been on the housing list for the last 12 years living in 8 different rentals. The insecurity of renting was tough for the family of 5 especially when youngest child Laila was diagnosed with a Global Developmental Delay. She suffers from epilepsy with some seizures causing her to be hospitalised although, thankfully she hasn’t had one in over a year. Laila is non-verbal so the family are learning lámh sign language to help her communicate. She also attends an occupation, play and physical therapist.

Aoife and Youssef moved to Rowlestown in September 2019 and love living in such a small community with friendly neighbours and plenty of kids for Adam, Zakaria and Laila to play with. After 12 years of renting they finally have a garden and tonnes of ideas but with the expense of the move any garden plans have been put on the back burner. Adam, Zakaria and Laila are very active children and love being outside. Youssef is a keen gardener and would love to be able to grow his own veg and herbs. Aoife just wants a place to sit in the summer.

Design: The ‘Gourmet Garden’

Tara’s design is called ‘The Gourmet Garden’. Inspired by permaculture and edible forests, she is looking to introduce sustainable gardening into an urban setting where everything has a purpose. Tara’s garden will have a hydroponic vertical grow wall for herbs and vegetables, rainwater collection for watering plants and an aquaponics system using fish to grow herbs! A patio area with built in seating and a cocktail table as a centre piece, will house the aquaponics system. A breeze block feature wall will bring some all year colour to the garden, using a colour palette of blues and dark pinks inspired by Homeowner, Youssef’s Moroccan heritage. A small potting shed has also been incorporated into the design.

The family brief asked for sensory elements in the garden for youngest child Laila so Tara has designed a play pod inspired by the Japanese pod hotels with plenty to keep her interested. The planting scheme will also have a sensory element throughout the garden, with fragrant and edible plants and shrubs as well as tall grasses and fruit trees. A separate area for the kids is connected to the patio area by a pathway under planted with camomile lawn. In the kids area Tara has designed a pergola with swinging chair under which she plans to plant tall grass and a camomile lawn for low maintenance.

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