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Bloom, Ireland’s Largest Gardening, Food & Family Event

Bord Bia’s Bloom is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June. Bloom 2014 will showcase 30 exquisite show gardens, from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers.

Visitors planning to attend this year’s show can also expect a host of other features, including the Floral & Nursery Pavilion, which will house over 50 exhibits from some of the top floral artists, the AOIFA Floral Art Stage will offer advice and demonstrations on the techniques required to achieve a perfect floral display at home, a fantastic new Plant Village, The Weekend Style Stage at Bloom showcasing the best floral inspired fashion trends, live entertainment at the Picnic Area and an Irish Craft Village.

Below we take a look at the large show gardens at this year’s event:

”Wellbeing Wetlands” from Gardens Now and inspired by Ocean Spray

The garden will represent the heritage of the North American cranberry farm with a key emphasis on vitality. There will be a large bog wetland in the center of the garden. Above the bog there will be a cranberry farm setting in a New England / New Hampshire style. The main entertaining area will be complete with deck, porch swing and seating. Large trees and dense planting will be used to create the backdrop. The borders and under planting will be lush with bright colours.

Crumlin Children’s Hospital Garden in association with Kildare Growers



The garden is a contemporary garden incorporating the concept of a refuge / a sunken bolt–hole or retreat to escape the often difficult daily grind that patients face. The delicacy and fragility of life and the coming together to support is the essence of the concept. This desire to embrace and support resonates with and is subliminally embedded in people of all ages, and is the inspiration for the sunken, embracing nature of the Crumlin Children’s Hospital garden.



Limerick Culture Garden

Limerick’s rich medieval heritage includes King John’s Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Hunt Museum’s medieval collections. Our garden design in based on the medieval herber or small enclosed garden. The jeweled garden takes its inspiration from medieval illustrated manuscripts, depicting images of the madonna seated on a carpet bejewelled with flowers. Features typical of this part of the garden include the tunnel arbour to provide shade and scent, flowery meads, depicted in the millefleurs backgrounds of tapestries, a fountain symbolising life and wisdom. The herb garden is set out with turf seats, raised beds, gravel paths and ornamental borders which contain herbs, edible and medicinal flowers. Hazel and willow were used to make wattle fences, screens and arbours. We are using these ancient skills to create an authentic medieval hand crafted garden. The garden will be lovingly rebuilt in City Hall, overlooking the majestic Shannon river, in the heart of medieval Limerick.

Renault ZOE: City Life Garden

Renault ZOE: City Life Garden – Inspired by the environment. A different slant on outdoor living in a new green city life garden. The theme of the garden relates to cities and the benefit that plants have on peoples lives. The green energy from the cutting edge Renault ZOE is not only fun but contributes to greener cities. Graffiti walls and steel elements contrast against a natural planting scheme. This is a city dwellers lifestyle garden: driving an electric car and living within a garden that has planted roofs, a planted wall and a contemporary chill out area. Bespoke large white concrete slabs will lead you through the garden. Firstly by the fantastic 100% electric “ZOE” nestled under a green roof structure. While the urban art theme stimulates the eye it also reminds us that we are in the heart of a city but separated from it by trees and plants. The steel sculptures will add to the edgy city theme and the steel still water ponds add a sense of reflective calm to the space. The seating area will have bright walls resembling indoor living to make the visitor feel at home.

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