Wildflowers ‘Bloom’ for Santa Rita
Irelands top selling Chilean wine producer, Santa Rita, is for the first time to bring a show garden to ‘Bloom-in-the-Park’ Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, held in Dublin from 28th May to 1st June.
After a stringent submission process, the winning design was awarded to Cork based garden designer Ingrid Swan. Last year, Swan launched her own garden design business, IS Design when she undertook her first garden at Bloom. She received a Gold Medal for The Garden of Sculptures in the Concept Garden Category.
The horticultural link goes back to the Santa Rita estate in Alto Jahuel , Chile where our beautiful manor house and 40 hectare park is found. The house, named Casa Real, after which our legendary award winning wine Casa Real is labelled, is surrounded by wonderful ornate gardens and parklands which are regularly opened up to the public, schools and local communities. Both the house and our gardens in Chile are listed as national monuments and whilst Santa Rita is steeped in tradition both in terms of their garden and viticultural history, their contemporary and progressive approach to winemaking is reflected in both the outstanding wines they produce and the modern approach to the ‘Santa Rita’ garden.
Entitled ‘Santa Rita – the moment is yours’, the idea behind the garden is to create an extension to the family living area, an area that appeals to the senses as well as providing a setting for family gatherings, social meet ups or moments of quiet reflection, each of which slot neatly into the ‘Santa Rita Moments’ in which to enjoy a glass of wine. An outdoor garden room complete with cantilevered roof will lead to an outdoor kitchen. Framing the outdoor kitchen is a vivid pink bougainvillea plant echoing the same plant, reputedly the largest in Chile, which features as a centre piece at the Santa Rita Casa Real manor house. The use of bright colours in the gardens represents the vibrancy of Chile as a country, from the pink walls of the garden structures to the green and yellow of the garden furniture. The use of steel juxtaposed against the lush planting and fine finish of the garden is representative of the hard work and strength required to create things of beauty. Just as the beauty of the garden is constructed on a skeleton of strong, utilitarian materials, so Santa Rita wines have been created with hard work and dedication. The planting is inspired by native Chilean plants and these too echo the vibrancy and colour of the buildings in Chile along with the wines produced there.
An integrated promotional campaign, ‘The wine is Santa Rita, the moment is yours’ will be implemented in the run up to the event featuring bus advertising, in-store promotional displays and wine bottle neck collars running competitions to win tickets to Bloom.
Terry Pennington, Commercial Director, Santa Rita Estates Europe commented
‘As the leading Chilean wine producer in Ireland, Santa Rita is delighted to be involved with Ireland’s number one gardening, food and family event: Bord Bia’s Bloom-in-the-Park 2015. Ingrid Swan has designed an exceptional garden creating a compact series of spaces perfect for enjoying that special Santa Rita ‘moment’. We look forward to welcoming people to share a ‘moment’ with us.’
ABOUT SANTA RITA
- Established in 1880, Santa Rita is one of Chile’s oldest and most respected wineries
- Santa Rita is one of the top selling Chilean wine brands in both the off-trade and as Santa Rita Gran Hacienda in the on-trade in the UK and Ireland
- Santa Rita owns over 2,500 hectares of Wines of Chile Certified Sustainable vineyards in the following wine valleys: Limarí, Casablanca, Leyda, Maipo, Colchagua, Apalta, Maule, Rapel and Curico
- Brands under the Santa Rita Label include: 120, Secret Reserve, Reserva, Medalla Real, Floresta, Pehuen, Triple C, the top wine is Casa Real
- Viña Santa Rita was awarded ‘Ethical Company of the Year’ at the drinks business Green Awards 2015.
About the Garden Designer
Ingrid Swan graduated from Writtle College, Essex with a Degree in Landscape in Garden Design. She spend 14 years working with design practices acquiring a broad base of experiences on projects ranging from private gardens, stud farms, Baldoyle Racecourse and Cork University Hospital to a 100 acre wildlife park.
A trip to Japan inspired Ingrid to create gardens that reflect the unique aspects of a country’s landscape within the gardens she creates. Ingrid is passionate about creating outdoor spaces, both public and private, which enhance our experience of our homes and locality.
Ingrid launched her own company and designed and created her first garden at Bloom in 2014. IS Design was awarded a gold medal in the Concept Garden category at the show for the ‘Garden of Sculptures’
|Santa Rita Garden|
|Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’|
|Alstroemeria ‘Little Miss Christina’|
|Anthemis punctata cupiana|
|Astrantia ‘Hadspen’s Blood’|
|Campanula pericaria ‘Alba’|
|Echium russicum ‘Rubrum’|
|Lobelia ‘Monet Moment’|
|Lupinus ‘Gallery Yellow’|
|Miscanthus sinensis ‘Malepartus’|
|Phygelius Croftway Yellow Sovereign|
|Verbascum ‘Helen Johnson’|