About the Garden - Small Show Garden
This garden, created by Bord Bia Bloom’s inaugural Cultivating Talent winner, Joe Eustace, is designed to be as unpredictable as life itself. It features a number of undulating paths and destination points which challenge the user to find the correct step to take next, but the secret is there is no right or wrong way to go.
Throughout the landscape, users encounter obstacles that represent the journey of life. At the garden’s heart, a large steel plunge board is nestled in a valley framed by three Betula pendula ‘Spider Alley’ trees. Painted in a bright, metallic red, a colour synonymous with fear and intimidation, the board balances over a glistening pool of water that evokes a feeling of calm. The juxtaposition of the two elements creates a tension in the design and signifies the leaps of faith we must often take in order to progress in life.