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Amateur gardening groups encouraged to showcase at Bord Bia Bloom

Pictured: Rob O’Keeffe of Tirlán CountryLife; Kerrie Gardiner of Bord Bia Bloom; Laura Douglas of Bord Bia and Senan Foley of Tirlán CountryLife

Supported by Tirlán CountryLife, the community gardening groups are invited to share their local stories on a national stage at Bord Bia Bloom



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16 February 2024

Bord Bia is calling out for local gardening groups and enthusiasts to design and deliver postcard gardens at Bord Bia Bloom 2024. The petite garden spaces provide community groups, schools, charitable organisations and garden clubs the chance to tell their stories and showcase creative talents through innovative and vibrant garden design. 

The closing date for applications is 11 March, 2024. 

Visitors to this year’s event can expect a mix of thought-provoking show gardens designed by leading garden designers, expert horticultural talks and advice, a vast collection of rare and quality plants from Irish and International plant nurseries, sustainable living discussions along with delicious local food and interactive entertainment for visitors of all ages. 

Tirlán CountryLife was announced as feature sponsor of this amateur showcase which is one of many gardening features at the June bank holiday weekend event. Bord Bia Bloom will return to Phoenix Park, Dublin for five days from 30 May – 3 June. 

Kerrie Gardiner, Show Gardens and Horticulture content manager, Bord Bia Bloom, said: “While people might best know Bord Bia Bloom for the designer show gardens, regular attendees will be very familiar with the much-cherished smaller Postcard Garden spaces. These 3m x 2m plots capture a rich tapestry of local storytelling that is brought to life through the use of plants and creative garden designs. No two are alike, and we often see themes including mental health, the environment, charitable activities and education represented through these green canvases.” 

Senan Foley, head of retail, Tirlán, said: “With a network of 15 garden centres, all of which operate in local communities throughout the south, east and midlands of Ireland, and a huge amount of horticultural expertise, we will work with Bord Bia Bloom to spread the magic of the Postcard Gardens to an even wider audience.” 

Laura Douglas, head of Bord Bia Bloom and brand partnerships, said: “We have seen a surge in novice gardeners attending in the past few years, and we want to make sure we can continue to deliver a world-class, immersive experience that continues after our five days in the Phoenix Park. By partnering with some of Ireland’s leading brands, such as Tirlán CountryLife, we believe we can really achieve this.” 

For more information on the Postcard Gardens and to download an application form, visit:

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