The Sustainable Seafood Show Garden
Products Supplied: Licenced Karst Limestone
With over 20 years experience designing luxurious gardens, Andrew Christopher Dunne, a leading Irish garden designer picked up another well deserved Gold Medal and 'Best in Category' accolade at Bloom 2018.
Inspired by his own community in Clogherhead, a small fishing village on the east coast of Co.Louth, Andrew created 'The Sustainable Seafood Garden' which tells the story of Irish seafood, from tide to table. Supported by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the garden illustrates how the fishing industry has been modernised over the years to support improved ecological and sustainable practises which in turn has protected livelihoods and preserved the marine environment in coastal communities throughout Ireland.
With sustainability at the forefront, the design features native flowers, ferns and grasses that are rich in flora, mirroring the beauty of our rugged Irish coastlines. The inclusion of two piers, one completed using traditional reclaimed materials and the other with modern polished concrete represents the industry's transition from old to new techniques. The recycled fishing boat was converted to a small kitchen to enable professional chefs from all over Ireland to give demonstations featuring sustainably sourced seafood. The stainless-steel fish represented organic farmed salmon, just one of the seafoods that is sustainably produced off Irish coasts and one of the fastest growing sources of extra food on our planet. McMonagle Stone was delighted to supply the Karst limestone rock formations that were also draped in a floral meadow typical of the west of Ireland coastline.
Imagery by Conor McEneaney Photography