Diarmuid Gavin’s creation of three new gardens around The Bishop’s Palace on The Mall has been hailed as a spectacular urban innovation by Waterford City Council.
An 18th century garden, featuring raised beds, sculpted bushes and fountains, is to be established running parallel to The Mall, directly in front of the Bishop’s Palace.
The Spanish Civil War Memorial, currently in front of the Palace is to be relocated and given a garden of its own above the city wall opposite the Theatre Royal.
But the undisputed highlight of the project is the creation of a contemporary garden on a site flanking Colbeck Street and Christ Church Cathedral, which is currently used as a car park for City Council officials
The garden will feature undulating grassy mounds, a ‘river of lavender’ along with decorative oversized flower features, which Gavin has developed in association with former Waterford Crystal chief designer Martin Croke.
Speaking exclusively to The Munster Express, Diarmuid Gavin spoke of his delight at creating a new garden in a city centre setting.
“Usually, we do jobs that would be located for example in the courtyard of a hospital or maybe attached to a hotel, so the location of this particular garden does set it apart in terms of recent Irish projects, no question,” he said.
“The brief was direct – it was very, very strong – the Council knew exactly what way they wanted to go with it and that, for any designer, is the basis for everything.
“So I knew the parameters and was very nervous but also very excited about combining an 18th century garden with something right next door that’s very contemporary, which could have been a little bit dicey.
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