Ashford man John Durston will be flying the Wicklow flag when Bloom opens this week.
Following a degree in Philosophy in 1997, John continued his education in Termonfeckin College of Horticulture.
During the three-year horticulture course, he was chosen as one of six up-and-coming designers to appear on RTE’s Garden Heaven programme. Since graduating, he runs his own landscape design company, John Durston Landscape Design, based in Ballylusk, Ashford.
John’s love for gardening and the outdoors was inspired by his fourth class teacher who delighted in sharing his knowledge and interest in nature with his students. The Karate Kid movies also captivated his interest – but not because of the cool martial arts moves. ‘I was in awe of the bonsai trees, and to this day, I am still an avid bonsai collector.’
Over the past 17 years John has honed his skills as a designer and he now feels ready for the challenge of creating a show garden at Bloom.
Earlier this year, John was approached by Richard King of Ría Organics, a Wicklow-based organic skincare company, to design a Bloom show garden that would complement the launch of its product range.