This garden highlights the work of Enable Ireland, a charity that provides services to people with disabilities and their families. The theme of the garden is ‘Diversity Values Everyone Equally’ and it seeks to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual while recognising and respecting their differences – be they differing abilities, ethnicities, young and old.
Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden is an accessible space, inclusive to people of all abilities and ages, with an open layout and accessible raised planters. Above all, it is a beautiful garden space to be enjoyed by everyone.
The garden layout fuses curved lines with bold modern materials and contrasts elements of mirror, copper and coloured glass with natural planting and water. A ‘floating’ twisted copper coil canopy introduces height and form and, alongside bespoke sculpture, creates a focal point in the garden.
Linda McKeown is a Belfast-based garden designer and horticulturist.
Designing gardens since 2001, Linda likes to blend dynamic materials with naturalistic planting to create a strong, simple form within a garden space. Based at Woodlawn Garden and Lifestyle in Belfast, she also tutors horticulture at Stranmillis University College.