Fiann Ó Nualláin
Fiann Ó Nualláin is an author and award winning garden designer – through his books, articles, talks and garden creations he explores the benefits of gardening and GIY-ing to mental and physical health and the power of healing plants and functional foods to fight back against disease and attain well-being. A regular contributor to gardening shows on RTE and TG4 and to various gardening and health magazines. Fiann blogs under the holistic gardener and his holistic gardener series is available through Mercier press and all good bookstores.
Ruth Kenny and Ciara O’Donovan of Rosebud
Inspired by the Japanese fairy-tale animation ‘Princess Mononoke’, the installation will centre around a decorated tree, festooned with flower ropes, ivy and Spanish Moss. Exotic stuffed animals will prowl through real grass while fresh and paper wild flowers will complete the scene. Visitors will be invited to move around the meadow and children will be encouraged to sit in the specially-made toadstool seating areas. Capturing the magic of a landscape at twilight, through the clever use of drapery and lighting, and accompanied by a specially commissioned birdsong soundtrack, the meadow scene will form a beautiful and memorable focal point for this year’s fairy-tale themed festival.
The Grow Dome Project
The Grow Dome Project is a community based initiative launched in September 2014. It has two main objectives: first, to examine the feasibility of using brownfield urban sites for intensive ‘smart’ food production & small-scale job creation, and to demonstrate the potential for sustainable technologies in food production & energy conservation. Second, to produce a low cost demonstration project that could be used in schools to illustrate the potential use of evolving technologies in food production, water management & energy conservation.
Enter & experience this beautiful garden with a difference. Lynn Haughton from The Upcycle Movement has created a garden made entirely from old clothing materials. From buttons to ties to t-shirts and woolly jumpers – Haughtons material garden explores alternative uses for unwanted textiles in a world of imagination. The inspiration for the garden comes from the magic of fairy tales, and from the creative imagination of child drawings – taking the disproportion, rough lines and excessive colours to create a truly fun and wonderful garden to explore. Wander through and you may discover a friendly garden creature or two. Materials are sourced from Midlands Simon Community Charity shops.
The Daisy Throne
Catherine Green is an artist who has exhibited through out Ireland at the RHA and Eigse, Sligo amongst others. She currently has pieces on tour with the Craft Council of Ireland. She bases all her work on the healing properties of creativity, ” when we are in a creative flow , the mind becomes still and a meditative place emerges”. “The Daisy Throne”, is based on the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale “The Daisy”, in which the common garden daisy shows gratitude, compassion and kindness, towards each day and the lark. When the lark dies it is buried with royal honours and the daisy thrown away. This installation honours not only the heart-felt qualities of this tale but the wider meaning of the flower; innocence, purity, patience and simplicity. “The first flower all children will recognise”
The Irish Countrywomen’s Association is the largest membership organisation of women in Ireland. Their local Guilds are at the heart of community life, keeping traditions and heritage alive and relevant while offering support, friendship, personal development and life-long learning to their members. The floral artistry of ICA members is in constant demand and we are delighted that a team are going to be exhibiting in Christ Church Cathedral during the Dublin Garden Festival.
The Mothers’ Union
The Mothers’ Union is an international charity with over four million members working in 83 countries worldwide to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children. Many of their members (who are not necessarily mothers or even women) are talented flower arrangers and the group based in Christ Church Cathedral are no exception. The group will be adorning our very own Mothers’ Union Chapel in the South Transept using their considerable creative flair.
Admission to Cathedral and Crypt
Concessions: €4.50 (OAP/Student)
Children: €2 (under 16)
Groups: €4.20 (pre-booked groups of 10 or more)
Tickets are also available on the door
Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly rail station, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the Cathedral
Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street
Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station