10 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The show gardens of two local men flourished at last week’s Bloom 2016 festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with both entrants receiving prestigious awards for their work.

Bailieborough based designer, Barry Kavanagh, was awarded a Gold Medal in the Large Show Garden category for his garden, ‘Across Boundaries’. This garden focused on the social aspects of farming and demonstrated how farming and working with the farmer can be used to help people with mental health issues and depression. The project was sponsored by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) Fund, The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), the National Dairy Council (NDC) and Leitrim Development Company.

In addition to his Gold Medal, Barry’s garden design took two other coveted awards at Bloom, The Designer’s Choice Award which he told The Northern Standard was “very important as it was from his peers” and also The People’s Choice Award, that his garden had won “overwhelmingly”.

This was Barry’s first year in the Large Show Garden category although he has had entries in the Small Garden category in previous years. As well as his landscape design work, he is a “social farmer” on a small drumlin farm in Bailieborough and also teaches ….

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