In Perspective – Concept Show Garden

Oliver & Liat Schurmann

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This European Commission garden articulates the values of the EU Green Deal which seeks to make Europe the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050.

It is a sculptural pavilion created out of a simple and sustainable latticework structure, which both sits within and encloses a landscape. Evocative of the earliest human settlements, but with a view towards the future, the garden emphasises our need to re-establish our connection with nature.

Featuring an accessible cloistered walkway, framing views of the external garden and a flooded internal courtyard, the centre of the garden comprises three islands and a planted landscape below the waterline. This internal scene gives visitors glimpses of both unspoiled and well-managed natural sites and time to think about our changing climate.

The garden offers visitors an opportunity to see things in perspective and to absorb the beauty of nature while considering the role we can all play in protecting it.

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Oliver & Liat Schurmann

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Liat and Oliver Schurmann trained in a specialist nursery in Germany. In 1999, the couple moved back to Ireland with their children to set up the highly regarded Mount Venus Nursery in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.

Liat and Oliver are passionate about designing show gardens for Bord Bia Bloom and the RHS. They have won numerous medals and awards for their cutting-edge designs which are influenced by the continental approach to functional garden design. This is their 12th show garden at Bord Bia Bloom.

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