A gardener at Garvan Gardens has taken a huge risk by taking on the job of planting the biggest Irish flower ever in Ireland.
Garvan Garden’s gardener, who is known as Mr Garvan, is a master gardener and is the proud owner of the biggest flower ever grown in the UK, the first ever plant in the country to be named after the country’s patron saint.
Mr Garvin is the gardener of Garvan gardens in Londonderry.
It is his vision that has led to the creation of the most famous flower in Ireland, which is now worth more than €2.5 million (about £1.7 million).
Mr Garvans success story began on his wedding day in 2006 when he and his wife, who had been working as a nursery teacher, received a call from their daughter who had just arrived at school in Dundalk, in County Londons hills.
They told her that the girl was going to join her teacher’s class, and that she had been asked to be the gardette of the garde in the family.
The garde is a nursery term that means a nursery worker who provides for the care of children.
Mr Garfield says that the opportunity to work for a gardener in a school was not something that he had expected to receive, but he was thrilled.
“My daughter is one of the brightest and most creative students I have ever worked with, and she said she wanted to work at Garvins nursery,” Mr Garfield said.
“We were really happy to give her the chance and she is really excited about it.”
Garvan Gardens was formed by Garvan gardener Alan Garvan and his family in 2006.
The garden was started by Mr Garvens grandfather, who died when Garvan was six years old.
Mr Gavins grandfather had the idea to create a nursery in his home and the garden grew into a huge area of beautiful green land with a long history.
“My grandfather was a garder in the late 1920s and early 1930s and I am quite sure he was quite proud of the garden,” Mr Garavan said.
“I believe he used to visit every year from his home in Co Roscommon, County Louth, and he used the garden as a place to collect water from the river.”
Garvan gardens has a long heritage, dating back to the 1600s, and was originally the work of a farmer, John Garvan.
Mr J Gavin, who was a young man when Garvann gardens started, told his wife in the early 1960s that they should start their own nursery, as his grandfather had a great interest in plants and he was keen to collect flowers.
The couple planted the first gardener’s garden at Garvin gardens in Dundal, Co Cork in 1960.
Garvin Gardens was incorporated in 1974 and became the first nursery in the United Kingdom to grow flowers.
It has grown to be a hugely successful and popular garden in Lough Garvagh, County Dublin, with more than 7,000 trees growing on its 15 acres.
Mr Garvan said that he would like to plant the next generation of gardener plants, and is delighted to be able to share his vision with others.
“There are lots of people in Ireland who are interested in growing these flowers, but I feel like we are unique,” Mr Gaver said.
He said that the gardening industry is a great industry, and it is very important that it is seen as a positive thing, and not just as a negative thing.
“It is about the business as a whole, it is about bringing people together, about helping people in a way that they can be productive members of society and be part of something that helps to bring about a better society.”