“A Spring Gathering Garden” is a 2,600 square foot garden inspired by Ireland’s landscape, history, people and culture – and it was designed to bring Ireland to life at Canada Blooms on March 17th and it did just that.
The inspiration for A Spring Gathering Garden came following a visit by Anna van Maris, president of Parklane Nurseries and lead designer, to the Emerald Isle in late 2012.
“The theme of the Canada Blooms Show 2013, “The Magic of Spring” fits perfectly with the design for the show this year,” says van Maris. “There is something very mysterious, mystical and magical about Ireland.” The garden has incorporated archaeological, cultural and geological features of the Irish landscape such as the Newgrange Passage Tombs, The Giants Causeway, Peatlands in Offaly, Gardens at Blarney Castle, Standing Stones,
Dolmens and Dublin’s famous Cobble Streets.
The Gathering Garden was created with an amazing 200 shamrock plants with approx. 100 – 200 leaves in each pot. That’s about 20,000 Shamrocks. There are 30 Newgrange triscale swirls carved into rocks and standing stones weighing up to 3700 lbs each. The limestone cliff wall weighs in at 40 tonnes and the granite totals approximately 20 tonnes.
All in all there will be a total of approx. 100 tons of material brought in to create this amazing garden.
The “Win a trip to Ireland Contest”, sponsored by Parklane Nurseries and Royal Irish Tours offers Canadians the chance to win the trip of a lifetime, an exciting driving holiday for two to Ireland.
It’s never too late to discover the gardens of Ireland, plus Ireland’s landscape, beauty, culture and history on this unforgettable vacation which includes return flights; two nights’ accommodation in Dublin city followed a self-drive exploration of the stunning Irish countryside staying at 3* & 4* hotels and B&B’s; and it’s all finished off in style with a night at Ireland’s luxurious five star Ashford Castle estate!
Details on how to enter can be found in A Spring Gathering Garden at Canada Blooms until March 24th.
Editor, Dawn Boshcoff