SKY GARDEN MARDYKE GARDENS - FITZGERALD PARK

SKY GARDEN MARDYKE GARDENS FITZGERALD PARK

This was originally Diarmuid Gavin’s Sky Garden which was a major feature at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2011 and it won the top prize.

The ‘Irish Sky Garden’, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland and Cork City Council, was suspended 82 feet in the air and contained 25 pools as well as grasses, photinias and bamboos. The eye-shaped garden was inspired by Dublin animator Richie Baneham, whose visual affects from the movie Avatar were integrated into the design.

Diarmuid Gavin’s controversial Sky Garden was part of a major programme to develop a world-class horticultural tourist trail in Cork city which the local council which was to be in operation by the summer/autumn of 2012.

The Mardyke Gardens encompassing Fitzgerald’s Park now includes a restored historic fountain and pond dating from the Cork Exhibition of 1902.

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