A HERCULEAN TASK
The construction of the gardens was an enormous feat, which, to comply with funding conditions, had to be completed in twelve months. Work began clearing the grounds of the former Tramore House Gardens in June 2014. The Official Opening took place on the 27th June 2015. Below is a photographic record of that construction and the amazing team that undertook it.
- The Original concept of the garden was developed by Agnes Aylward
- The main design work was undertaken by Martin Curran Designs, with the architectural support of Morris Conway and his intern team at Waterford Council. Martin Curran, is a horticultural graduate of Warrenstown College who acquired his expertise in Japanese garden design in Shikoku Japan, before returning to Ireland where he set up his business Martin Curran Designs. Martin oversaw the entire construction with the assistance of garden manager Michael Keane and a team of local gardeners under Tramore CE Scheme.
- Tramore-based garden designer, Laura Cassin, provided the layout for the Victorian and American Gardens.
- Japanese gardener Kazuki Kusumi created the Teahouse Garden
- The Garden Structures were designed by Mike Roberts.
CONSTRUCTION TEAM (2013-2015)
Project Manager: Martin Curran
Site Manager: Michael Keane
Members of the Tramore Community Employment Scheme:
Michael Barry, Liam Cannon, Richard Cowman, Yvonne Grace, Mark Keogh, Sean Lenihan, Tomás McGrath, Richard Power, Christopher Rafter and Shane Treanor.
With assistance from: Chris Leslie, Vladimir Tarassov & Simon Power. Kazuki Kusumi: Teahouse Garden. Willie Moore: Machinery Contractor.
The rocks which form the backbone of this garden were donated by the County Waterford farm families of David Halley, Fenor; Brendan Keane, Dunhill; Ned Morrissey, Dunhill; Michael Murphy, Fenor; Eamonn Murphy, Dunhill.
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