This is Rebecca Thorne. She is building a garden in Bloom in the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday weekend.
Rebecca emailed me some weeks ago. Words of wisdom [hmmm?] were requested. A pot of tea, some apple tart and a drive to Ballyboughal later…
Today I went to The war Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge. On my way back I stopped by the coffee shop in The Phoenix Park… and I spot what I believed to be Rebecca’s garden… it was.
From here it is difficult. Not to speak ‘not’ politically correct of [so to speak]. Show gardening as I know only to well is not real garden building. It is more than just one person. And it soaked 3 years from my life… easily. From the planning and preparation, to the building and the financial… but! I have been doing this all my life. I have resources, friends, suppliers – a team, the back up and who are all so used to the pressures that come with.
The Trouble… Rebecca in her own words thought… ‘well, I’d like to do that’. Trouble is it’s not that easy. Her plants were ordered from Holland… the wrong sizes arrived. She has a full time job – [not horticulture related] she can only work the evenings and weekends on this project. She has enlisted the help of family and friends [Hi Eamonn!!]. I saw new wellingtons for the first time since I went to college. She has a budget of €1,800… And of course there’s that rain thing…
The Reality…That said…. she is doing it. She will do it. It has to be done. It is Bloom 2009 and the opening date cannot be changed. It is that simple.
What Can You Do… in short, she needs hands. Even if just for an hour or a day. You might say you’d be no help… but you will even if its only using a brush… If you ever fanced a look behind the scenes of the realities of show gardening this is your chance. Don’t leave it until tomorrow…. do it today!! Now!! The lady has about 10 days………… go!!!!!!!