Award winning Dundalk garden designer Paul Martin has added yet another win to his long list of achievements as his show-garden won a gold medal and Best Concept Garden at Bloom 2013 which took place over the weekend.
Paul’s garden, which was titled ‘Kerry Group and Concern Worldwide 1000 Days Garden’ was designed to highlight Concern’s GAA supported 1000 Days Campaign.
The project focuses on the sustainable prevention of malnutrition in children under two years and hopes to help families and communities break the cycle of poverty.
Paul, who has been designing gardens for 27 years put together a dramatic Zambian landscape, growing Irish and African foods, which tells the engaging story of 1000 days and underpins the importance of kitchen gardens in feeding women and children.
The programme hopes to realign agriculture to improve nutrition, sustainably transforming the lives of thousands of people in Zambia.
All knowledge gathered from this project will help to influence national and international policies to make sure that everyone knows the importance of nutrition to lifelong health, in Ireland, Zambia and elsewhere.
Having graduated from the National Botanic Gardens in 1986 Paul has gone on to design gardens in Ireland, America and Europe, while specialising in town and city gardens where attention to detail is of the utmost importance, other projects include many hotels, commercial projects and state commissions.
The Dundalk gardener has designed gardens for Bloom before and has won a gold medal and Best in Show in previous years. He has also designed gardens for the Louise Kennedy Garden and Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Also representing Louth were a number of Louth food companies in the Food Village including Derrycamma Farm from Castlebellingham, Aruna Sauces from Ardee and Danucci-Ferdia Chocolates of Ardee were also on display in the Love Irish Food Marquee.