Garden Design finalist Ryan is ‘blooming’ great!

Ryan McGee. INBM16-14
Ryan McGee. INBM16-14

Garden Show Ireland has revealed that Ryan McGee from Garden Design and Build in Ballycastle is one of the four finalists for UTV’s The Magazine Show Garden Designer Competition who will now bring his design to life in time for the 2014 Garden Show Ireland event which runs from Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May at Antrim Castle Gardens.

In addition, it has been announced that FREE garden design consultations will be available for visitors throughout the whole weekend in association with the Garden and Landscape Designers Association (GLDA) at the brand new GLDA Design Pavilion.

An example of Ryan's previous work. INBM16-14

An example of Ryan's previous work. INBM16-14

The UTV Garden Designer Competition tasked existing and budding garden designers to present a small garden which was fun, useful and easy to maintain.

The initial designs were judged by a panel comprising of Ireland’s world renowned plantswoman Helen Dillon, gardening guru Geoff Stebbings and Reg Maxwell - former Head of Botanic Gardens and winner of Best in Show at the first Garden Show Ireland event 10 years ago.

Hailing from all over Ireland the four finalists are; Ryan McGee from Garden Design and Build in Ballycastle with a Family focussed garden, Micheal O’Reilly from the Garden Design Shop in Belfast in partnership with Maurice Maxwell from Omagh with his “Room for All Seasons” design, James Sheridan from Golden Homes Landscapes in Carnmoney with a “Garden Bath-Thyme’ concept and Chris Kinghan from Ballyhoe Nursery Gardens in Monaghan with a “Bizzy Bee Gardening and Nature Schools Garden”.

The winning garden will be announced on Friday 9th May at Garden Show Ireland when it will become the centre piece for filming for UTV’s The Magazine which airs that evening.

Sarah Travers, The Magazine host said: “We have seen a fantastic response to the Gardening Designer Competition with a variety of promising designers stepping up to the mark with their garden proposals.

“ I would like to wish the four finalists the very best of luck and I cannot wait to see the end result featured on The Magazine in May.”

Ryan McGee can be contacted via The Garden Design Compa ny at or by telephoning 07764 225 303.