West Cork fans meet their gar­den­ing guru Gavin

Irish Examiner - County - - People -

Gar­den lovers in the greater West Cork area were given a treat by Ban­don Co-op who in­vited pa­trons to join famed de­signer Diar­muid Gavin at its gar­den stores in Ban­don, Kin­sale and En­niskeane.

Even the sun shone on the day and crowds of peo­ple came from all over Co Cork to hear Diar­muid’s in­spi­ra­tional and en­ter­tain­ing gar­den­ing sto­ries from around the globe.

No doubt, the gar­den­ers of West Cork are well and truly in­spired and look­ing for­ward to cre­at­ing unique de­signs in their own gar­dens and plots this sum­mer.

Staff mem­bers and cus­tomers, alike, were thrilled to meet and chat with Diar­muid and have pho­tos taken with the gar­den­ing guru.

Mean­while, in a schools’ gar­den com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Ban­don Co-op, De­sign your Dream Gar­den, Diar­muid pre­sented the prizes to the win­ners.

Over­all, there had been en­tries sub­mit­ted from school­child­ren all over Cork.

A spe­cial men­tion goes to Ban­don Pre­sen­ta­tion Pri­mary who won the over­all prize of a €500 Gar­den Cen­tre voucher for its school gar­den.

It pro­vides the school with a great to start to the gar­den­ing sea­son and to fur­ther im­prove its en­deav­ours in the Green Schools Ini­tia­tive.

The out­right in­di­vid­ual prizewin­ner was Maja Krszyskow, aged 11, from Ti­moleague who at­tends Ban­don Pre­sen­ta­tion Pri­mary. Her sub­mis­sion was se­lected for her beau­ti­ful at­ten­tion to de­tail, per­spec­tive and colour. Sec­ond prize went to Elyse O’Con­nor, aged eight, from In­nis­han­non (Gur­rane Na­tional School). Her sub­mis­sion was cho­sen for the very pre­cise and imag­i­na­tive gar­den lay­out with ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­pla­na­tions and de­scrip­tions.

Fi­nally, the third prize went to Ciarán McCarthy, aged five, from Ross­more (Kilmeen Na­tional School). His en­try was se­lected for the great use of tex­tures in­clud­ing stick­ers and glit­ter and for bring­ing loads of wildlife into his dream gar­den.

The €500 voucher for the win­ning school, Ban­don Pre­sen­ta­tion Pri­mary, was ac­cepted by Su­san Corr, the 5th Class teacher along with pupil Maya Krszyskow, the over­all win­ner.

Diar­muid Gavin visited Ban­don Co-op stores where he handed out the prizes for a ‘De­sign Your Dream Gar­den’ com­pe­ti­tion; above with over­all prize win­ner, 11-year-old Maja Krszyskow from Ti­moleague.

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