Peter and Monty find gold in their garden

Peter Cowell and Monty Richardson, designers, The Blackwater Gin Garden Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography 2019

WATERFORD struck gold at Bloom. Top prize for a medium garden at the event in the Pheonix Park went to The Blackwater Gin Garden, a green oasis providing a multifunctional space to relax, reflect and entertain.

It was designed by Peter Cowell and his business partner Monty Richardson who are both passionate about recycling.  Their garden was predominantly built from reclaimed and recycled materials. It featured strong shapes, textures and contrasting materials, softened by lush foliage of semi-shade and shade-loving plants.

The garden reflects the Blackwater Distillery’s location in Waterford, with a water feature symbolising the Blackwater River.

Waterford also won a bronze medal at Bloom for Mike Keep of Shady Plants, Clashmore, and his Nursery and Floral Pavilion entry.

A total of 11 gold medals were presented to show garden designers.

The overall show garden award went to Dublin-based garden and landscape designer, Alan Rudden, for his Argentinian themed Vina Doña Paula – A Matter of Altitude garden.


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