Diarmuid Gavin is Ireland's best known gardener and his TV shows have attracted huge audiences and made him a household name in the UK and Ireland. He has won several medals at the Chelsea Flower Show, including a gold in 2011 for his 'Irish Sky Garden'. In July 2016 the National Trust in the UK announced that they had commissioned Diarmuid to plan a contemporary garden at the Gibside estate in Newcastle, their first contemporary garden commission. Gibside was the home of the Bowes-Lyon family and it was the current queen's mother who presented the keys of the estate to the National Trust. His previous books include Design Your Garden, Outer Spaces, Diarmuid Gavin's Big Ideas and an autobiography published in 2010.