Renowned garden designer and television personality Diarmuid Gavin is being sued for defamation by a longtime associate who built some of his most famous gardens.
Dermot Kellins and his company, Outlook Gardens Ltd, filed a lawsuit against Gavin a week before Christmas, according to records filed in Dublin High Court.
With offices in Dublin, Surrey and Nice, Kelins has built many of Gavin’s acclaimed gardens, including two award-winning projects at the Chelsea Flower Show.
His lawsuit, posted on Gavin’s Instagram social media accounts in October and November, alleges that Kellings is defamatory. The post has since been removed and legal claims are expected to seek damages for the post.
Dublin attorney Simon Carty, representing Mr Kellings, confirmed legal proceedings were being taken against Mr Gavin, but declined to comment further on the matter.
Attempts to reach out to Gavin for comment were unsuccessful. When contacted by phone about legal proceedings last month, his wife Justin Keane said, “We have no comment.”
Dublin law practice Hayes is representing Mr Gavin.
The two gardeners have sued each other in the past.
Gavin took high court proceedings against Kellins four years ago, and in December 2018 issued an injunction over an altercation between the men. Carty is on file with Kellings in a lawsuit last month, according to High Court records.
A native of Kenmare, County Kerry, Kellings met Gavin in 2007 while volunteering for the Niall Mellon Township Trust, a homebuilding charity in South Africa.
In an article published in The Irish Times in 2011, Gavin wrote that he had watched “in awe” of Mr. Kellings’ philanthropic efforts. He also praised the landscaper’s “no-nonsense approach”, his ability to negotiate “tense” working situations, and his “diligence”.
Mr. Kerins worked as Gavin’s project manager at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, winning a gold medal for his ‘Irish Sky Garden’.
The following year, he built Mr. Gavin’s ‘Westland Magical Tower Garden’ at the show, which won gold leaf and the ‘Most Creative at Show’ award at the 2012 show.
Since April, Mr Kerins has been working as Managing Director of The Plant Collector, where in addition to his work at his company Outlook Gardens, he is responsible for sourcing and supplying plants from his base in Celbridge, Co Kildare. specializes in
The company builds gardens in London and south-east England from its offices in Cobham, Surrey, and along the Cote d’Azur in the south of France from its offices in Nice.
In a 2013 interview with The Sunday Times, Kellins said how much she enjoyed working with Gavin on garden projects.
“He’s relaxed and you really work as a team. That’s the beauty of it,” he said.
“He creates a lot of excitement and inspires a lot of commitment. I think it’s because he really gets people involved. They really have input. , we have a very similar vision.”
Gavin has equally admired the work of his former colleagues. He said that without Kellyman, his garden work “would remain a pretty picture on paper.”