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Diarmuid Gavin ‘Digging into the world of Garden Design and what Service Design can learn from it’

John Carter
October 20, 2020
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Diarmuid Gavin ‘Digging into the world of Garden Design and what Service Design can learn from it’

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In this episode, I speak with Irish garden designer and tv personality – Diarmuid Gavin. He has presented gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show on nine occasions from 1995 to 2016. He has also authored or co-authored at least ten gardening-related books.

For regular listeners, you will be familiar with a recent episode I did with 16-time Grammy award-winning producer, Rafa Sardina – well this episode is continuing on that trend. I am really keen to explore other disciplines to see how they work to solve complex problems and also approach their work. I see gardening and working with nature as a direct parallel to working within organisations and especially important when working within the service design discipline.

Thinking like this, I was excited to speak with Diarmuid to see how he explores designing for the future and chat at length about external factors that could hinder the designer’s vision. 

To be explicit on how I see things, I see people within organisations as ‘plants’ – they come in all shapes and sizes, and can only develop and grow when the environment is right. Thinking like this, it’s really important to consider factors like the soil type, and all the external factors such as orientation, light, and of course – pests etc.

Diarmuid was a great guest – and wanted to give a big shout out to his wonderful Instagram page where he answers questions regularly through his Live events. So if you are interested and getting started with anything garden related – Diarmuids yer man!

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