BLACROCK woman Lynda Putz had the luck of the draw recently when she won a Garden Design from none other than Award Winning Garden Designer Diarmuid Gavin. The Facebook competition was run by Kilsaran Home, Piercetown, Dunboyne to promote their stylish range of paving by the Irish Designer.
For IT Trainer Lynda the win couldn’t have come at a better time,
“I have recently been researching garden designs and
I entered the competition on Facebook as I will be delivering part of a garden design module next term in National Learning Network, Dundalk. I was going to use my garden as a template plan for practice in class and thought it would be great to win a professional design.
“It was Thursday I received a private message from Laura saying I had won and would I be available Sat morning at 10. I was absolutely delighted and excited to meet Diarmuid. I have always enjoyed watching his shows’.
“I met with Diarmuid in Kilsaran Home, they have a beautiful premises with many miniature gardens to walk through. Diarmuid was very friendly.
“He came down and took us to boardroom. My husband and daughter were with me and he involved all of us. He was very easy to talk to, down to earth and knowledgeable.
“He was in great form and told us a little about where he lives and his plans for next few weeks. He was interested and took on-board everything we had to say.
“He asked us to bring pictures of garden to be designed. He talked to us about what kind of garden and plants we would like and what the aim of our garden was and how it should work for us. He then drew sketch on graph paper.
“He talked about colours to use, which plants, shapes etc. and took time to explain why he choose them. He took notes on his tablet to email me. He really took his time with us and didn't rush.
“We love the design for both front and back garden. The best part is the shapes he has used and explaining to us how to create a secret wildlife garden in such a small area. We had talked a lot about what to do in our garden but never really had a plan to follow.
“Diarmuid has given us a visualisation of a completed garden to aim for. He gave me a copy of his book and he is also emailing me list of plants etc. which we talked about.
“I really enjoyed the experience and meeting Diarmuid was brilliant, a genuinely nice guy. Kilsaran Home provide free garden designs regularly. Just check their Facebook page for details.
“I look forward to receiving the email so I can start calculating how much I need to win to get this project done. Needless to say budgets weren't mentioned”.