Larne artist and garden designer Dawn Aston has won a bronze medal at a national horticultural show in Dublin.
Dawn scooped the accolade in the Small Garden category at “Bloom”.
Dawn’s creation was based on the theme of a “Flower of Life” in a Roman fresco style and decorated with tiles, shells, pebbles and other natural materials and planted with herbs, fruit and plants such as lavender and rhodanthemums.
The esteemed Bloom judges, including Chelsea Flower Show’s chief judge Andrew Wilson, spent two days examining, observing and deliberating before announcing the winners.
Commenting on this year’s show-gardens, Gary Graham, Bloom show manager, said: “Each year, the variety of styles and the depth of talent showcased at Bloom amazes me. From peaceful and holistic sanctuaries to the new-age and science-fiction, the designers have explored intriguing and thought-provoking themes in both the ‘concept’ and ‘show garden’ categories that are truly impressive.”
Bloom was officially opened by Irish President Michael D Higgins before touring the show gardens and meeting medal-winners, designers and judges.