Episode 3 Dublin And Meet My Fellow Contestants And Know My Family
So a day or two had passed when I got my time table for RTE super garden. And first up was another trip up to Dublin. And back to VIP for what would be the last time I would go there. So it was a Thursday I made the trip up to Dublin and into visions office. I went up the stairs and into a room where I met the super garden team. First off was Declan Jones then Karen Kennedy and Brittny Heinrich plus I got to meet the other four contestants . On the table were cakes and treats I remember as VIP were filming Operation Transformation at the time. So we were getting stuff that they had filmed for that show. It was either that or they were trying to butter us up for what was to come. So on to the four designers and first off was Darren Joyce from Dublin who is planning to design a Mediterranean garden for a middle eastern family in the foothills of the Dublin mountains . Catriona Hassett and her dreams of bringing Ayers Rock to the heart of Tipperary Catriona was from Limerick and her family the Egan's in Nenagh . Next up was Joanna o Brien from Cork and her design in Cork then we had Eastern Europe coming to West Dublin with Tzvetanka McFadden from Bulgaria who took on the challenge of giving the Byrne family from Harold's Cross a garden tribute to five generations of family . So that was the 2018 RTE Super Garden fab four garden designers I would battle it out with for my chance at winning super garden and going to Bloom in June and then there was me a no body from the small town of Carrick on Suir and where was my garden and who were my family. So I got my email when I was up there with the other four about our families and our gardens and my family were from Limerick. At first I went mad and with talking to the other four and with them telling me how close they were from there gardens and my garden being miles away I was mad believe me I was marching down to the room where we talked to the super garden team and tell them this cant happen. But little did I know the family I had being giving would be the the making of me and the best family I could have being giving. So where was it well let me tell you. Around 20.8km from Tipperary Town pass Emily is Hospital in Co Limerick. This small village situated in the townland of Barrysfarm . The family that did not know who was about to turn up at there door. My family was the Hartnett family Niall and Natalie and there four kids Gavin , Charlie , Alex , and Jade so on a Saturday afternoon I turned up at there house and rang there doorbell. The welcoming I got was just special. I taught first off they seem such a warm kind family and from the first second they welcomed me into there family. I then was asked would I like a tea or a coffee and here is me saying I drink lattes I would say they taught posh twat. But the kind family they were Niall went out and bought a packet of Lattes and that would not be the last box he would get as I went through there fab house to there garden and what was a weird shaped garden but thank god all that was in there garden was swings and and a trampoline that would give me nightmares and this what can only look like sheep's fencing along the path. Plus me thinking would my design work for them. I was giving a brief Natalie wanted a space where she could sit a chill out with a coffee ( glass of wine ) and Niall would love that wildlife area as he was a guy that was big into birds and other wildlife. But the one thing that was clear and would end up down the line being something talked about a lot was there trampoline as Gavin was very big into trampoline gymnastics and from the photos on the wall very talented . So after outstaying my welcome ( only joking ) I headed home and set on working on the design that first off the three Super Garden judges would like and might get me to bloom next up is meeting them the RTE super garden judges but most importantly I need to make my design work for the Hartnett family and there 4 lovely kids and two dogs. After at first not being happy with where my garden was to now be so glad to have listened to the super garden team and mostly Brittny where she told me when I meet my family I will see why I was picked to go here and why it was the right family and she was every bit right this was the start of something special a bond that would end up being a bond for life that the next four weeks would have its ups and downs its moments there would be tears but also smiles . The next four weeks would be a roller-coaster ride that me and the family would not forget and also I get to meet a true legend Billy Higgins and his lovely wife Ber. Let the super garden games begin.