Thanks to Leitrim Development Company, it’s all systems go for talented young garden designer, Leonie Cornelius from Fivemilebourne, Co. Leitrim. Her show garden for the prestigious national gardening show Bloom In The Park, has just received Leader funding to ensure it goes ahead.
“It’s busy busy busy for me now”, says Leonie, “My building team and myself are working against the clock now to ensure everything is perfect for the judges when Bloom 2013 begins on Wednesday 29th May”.
Leonie is a qualified garden designer and interior architect who runs Blume Design House (www.blume.ie). In 2012 she came to national attention, winning the RTE SuperGarden competition for designing a family garden. This was followed by a prestigious gold medal and Best in Category award at Bloom In the Park, Dublin. This year she was the garden design expert on RTE television show ‘Today’ with Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane. Her regular fortnightly slot featured her own designs and plantings based on wild nature and beautiful architecture.
Leonie’s show garden for Bloom next month has a gorgeous title - “A Love Letter to the West” based on the beauty and spirit of the West. It is modern yet stylishly natural, with a dramatic scorched timber garden hut and beautiful natural planting. After Bloom, “A Love Letter to the West” will be moving back to Leitrim so everyone will get a chance to see it and enjoy its beauty.
Tom Lavin, CEO of Leitrim Development Company is very supportive of the project, saying, “Leitrim Development Company (LDC) is delighted to support Leonie Cornelius of Blume Garden Design with the development and expansion of her business. Leonie came to us with a strong proposal to grow her business and client base over the next five years. Leonie has a unique style, approach and talent and this is evident in her success to date.
“When assessing projects for approval the Board of LDC takes into consideration a number of factors including innovation; sustainability; value for money; job creation and the social and economic impacts for the local area. The Company feels that Leonie’s project represents all of those factors in abundance.
“Leonie’s garden design for Bloom 2013 takes inspiration from Leitrim’s sloping meadows as well as the county’s unique heritage and style. This is a unique way of promoting Leitrim’s beautiful landscape to a wider audience.” This project received grant aid from the Leitrim Development Company Rural Development Programme (LEADER).
Leonie is effusive in her thanks to LDC, contractor Paul Taylor from Gorteen, her building team and her other supporters, including Horkans who are supplying her with the enormous number of plants needed for a successful show garden.