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Diarmuid Gavin takes gold at Chelsea Flower Show

The Irish gardener’s suspended ‘Sky Garden’ is one of 13 gardens to take top prizes at the world-famous gardening show.

AN EXHIBIT BY Irish celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin has taken a top prize at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

The ‘Irish Sky Garden’, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council, is suspended 82 feet in the air and contains 25 pools as well as grasses, photinias and bamboos.

The eye-shaped garden is said to be inspired by Dublin animator Richie Baneham, whose visual affects for James Cameron’s blockbuster 3D movie Avatar were channelled into the design.

The gold medal is Gavin’s fourth award at Chelsea; he won a bronze medal in 1995 and silver-gilt medals in 2004 and 2007.

Gavin told this morning’s Irish Times that he had met Queen Elizabeth during her tour of the show yesterday, and that the monarch had told him she had a “brilliant” time on her four-day trip to Ireland last week.

13 gardens in total were given gold medals, with the Daily Telegraph garden designed by Cleve West named Best in Show of the 600 entries.

Diarmuid Gavin takes gold at Chelsea Flower Show
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  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

  • Chelsea Flower Show 2011 - gold medallists

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