Cork-based landscaper wins RTÉ's Super Garden

Cork-based landscaper wins RTÉ's Super Garden
Super Garden winner Mark Hoey.

MIDLETON-based Mark Hoey has been announced as the winner of Super Garden 2020, and will have the chance to recreate his reflection themed garden at Bloom 2021.

Mark created 'Reflection' for homeowner Shelly (Michelle) Gaynor (40), who is a wheelchair user and disability and independent living campaigner.

Shelly said: “It is amazing from what it was before, it’s just unrecognisable. I think it is a super-dee-duperdy garden. I really think so.

Mark (32) is originally from Louth, but lives in Cork with his wife Emma and baby daughter Bella and is working full time in a Landscape Gardening company.

The garden created by Mark Hoey.
The garden created by Mark Hoey.

After learning his fate as the winner of Super Garden 2020, Mark said: “I don’t really know what to say. I can’t really believe it to be honest. I didn’t enter Super Garden before because I wasn’t fully confident that I would be good enough.” Mark's garden-themed, Reflections, was inspired by a sudden death in his family. The personal inspiration for the design kept him focused throughout the challenging build.

Mark said: “The inspiration for this was very personal. You never think certain things are going to happen to you and those things can be good or they can be bad, so. I think this garden has been inspired by bad things but it has created a lot of good things. It means a lot that a garden that means so much to me has been recognised by the judges as this year’s Super Garden. It’s amazing."

The flower bed and black pool created by Mark Hoey for the Super Garden TV show.
The flower bed and black pool created by Mark Hoey for the Super Garden TV show.

Speaking about Mark’s progress, former 2015 Super Garden winner, full-time horticulturist, educator and representing Woodies on the judging panel Brian Burke said: “Mark is a worthy winner. The impact is immediate, the drama, everything comes together to bowl you up. Combine that with this workmanship, his attention to detail and the level of quality on the finishes make Mark a worthy winner of Super Garden 2020.” 

For Mark, building his Super Garden was a family affair as he was helped by his father Paddy, a sheep farmer who also works in a garden centre. Father-in-law, Chris, was also signed up to help.

Mark’s dream is to one-day set-up his landscape design and construction business.

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