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Lord Mayor congratulates Diarmuid Gavin on Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal

On Thursday May 26th the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Michael O’Connell, congratulated Diarmuid Gavin on winning a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower show with the Cork Sky Garden. The winning entry forms part of a larger garden commissioned by Cork City Council and Fáilte Ireland for the Mardyke in Cork which is due to be unveiled in the summer of 2012. 

The Lord Mayor said:

“We were extremely excited about bringing this garden to Cork but the Gold Medal is a wonderful bonus and hugely deserved. Diarmuid has been knocking on the door for some time having won a number of silver gilts at Chelsea and I’m delighted that his extraordinary talent has now been recognised by Chelsea with their highest award.” 

The garden has generated enormous interest at this year's show. The centrepiece of the Irish Sky Garden is a bright pink garden pod which is raised and lowered into the air by a crane - offering a unique perspective on the garden below.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth, who visited the show, stopped off to chat to Gavin about his garden. He told of his conversation with the Queen saying "I said to the Queen, 'thank you for coming to Ireland and as a reward I brought my garden over'. She said, 'I had a brilliant time'."

The Sky Garden is the largest garden ever created for the Chelsea show and was inspired by the floating islands of Pandora in the movie 'Avatar'.

When the show concludes the Garden will be dismantled and shipped to Cork where work will begin on its permanent home.

It is intended that the Sky Garden will form part of a horticultural tourism trail throughout the city and is expected to be a huge draw to gardening enthusiasts from all over Europe.

The City Council is delighted to add this attraction to Cork’s tourism product and considers it a wonderful enhancement to the work of the new TEAM Unit. Work has already commenced on preparations to put the garden in situ and to market it at home and abroad.

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