'Rainbow's End' is a Postcard Garden which will be exhibited at Bord Bía's 12th Bloom by Bord Bía™ Festival 2018 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin in June. Designed by 12-year-old Aliçia Kavanagh from Navan in Co. Meath, the concept is 'a reflection of the grieving process through the eyes of a child'. Aliçia has chosen to use colour and nature, as a way to spark conversation about the importance of allowing children to experience, own and share ALL of their feelings, in life's many situations, both positive and negative.
Through her own experience of dealing with death, Aliçia became aware of the '7 Stages of Grief' process and feels it has made it easier to deal with difficult times in life. Her inspiring garden design 'Rainbow's End' takes us through this 7 Stage process using form, variety, colour and flow to show just how powerful dealing with grief can be and also demonstrating the importance of the child's voice, in the process.
Postcard Gardens are usually exhibited by gardening groups and community projects. As Aliçia is affiliated to neither she has chosen to highlight and support the work of Meath Springboard Family Support Services CLG (MSFSS), who are a locally based organisation, providing vital support for familiies and children dealing with grief, in addition to other life situations. She hopes her project will bring attention to the issue of children's positive emotional development and mental health.
We anticipate it will cost in the region of €5k to bring 'Rainbow's End' to Bloom by Bord Bía™ 2018. This will include the construction of the garden offsite, transport of the garden to and from Bloom and all the other associated costs such as planting, structures, accessories, printing, hospitality etc. Through Fund it we are hoping to add to the support we are receiving from our generous investors and so have a Fund it target of €2k+. Bear in mind for every euro you pledge, not only will it help fulfil the dream of a 12-year-old child but will ensure the entire garden will have a permanent home with MSFSS at their new premises in Navan, Co. Meath, to be enjoyed by their clients after Bloom. Any unused funds will go directly to MSFSS for their counselling service costs.
We must reach and/or surpass our target of €2,000 to receive any pledges, so please help us get there. If you love nature, understand the importance of children having their voice and recognise the necessity for adults to assist children during their formative years, then the message this garden evokes will strike a chord.
We hope you will enjoy sharing Aliçia's adventure to Bloom and look forward to engaging you with photos, conversations and information along the way. We would like to thank everyone supporting this campaign and project. It is very much a labour of love - the love of my daughter Aliçia for nature and all it holds and my love for her and my wish to help her achieve her dream.