Local horticulturist bags famous garden internship Stateside

by Rebecca Ryan

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A local horticulturist has returned home after being picked for an internship at a famous garden abroad.

Head gardener at Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Colm O’Driscoll, spent three weeks at Chanticleer Gardens in the USA, bringing home a great deal of knowledge to Dublin.

Within 30 minutes of Philadelphia, Chanticleer dates from the early 20th century and has been hailed as “planted to perfection” and “America’s most inspiring garden.”

Colm (34) told Dublin Gazette he visited Chanticleer a number of years ago and he was delighted to get accepted on an internship.

“I would have visited Chanticleer about four years ago when I was on horticultural scholarship with another organisation. I was really impressed by it. In my eyes it’s one of the best craft gardens out there.

“You get an opportunity to work alongside them and learn. I spent three weeks there volunteering.”

Colm was impressed that there are several horticulturists in charge of different parts of the gardens which gives people the freedom to be creative.

“They have a head gardener, but they also have individual senior horticulturists who are responsible for an area of the estate. That helps breed creativity, and the overall role of the head gardener is to tie all that together.”

Colm is excited to take home what he has learnt. He added: “The estate there is around 38 acres which is around the same size as Airfield. There’s lots of different takeaways, from practical skills to plant combinations. It’s always been a constant source of inspiration for me. Sometimes when you go to a place like that, you learn a lot but then you see you’re also doing things the same which can be really reassuring!

“Seeing the garden is like meeting your hero!” said Colm.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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