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Bloom show gardens to pay floral tribute to global issues

In its 11th year, Bloom 2017 will feature 22 spectacular show gardens created by award winning garden designers.

Citing the rise of 'fake news', dementia, suicide awareness and other issues, Bloom 2017 is hoping to pay tribute to global issues



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10 May 2017

“The global fall-out from the rise of ‘fake news’, the need for a safe-haven for dementia sufferers and making Ireland the best country in the world to be a dog are among the diverse themes and inspiration for the Bloom 2017 show gardens.” according to Bord Bia.

Run by Bord Bia and now in its 11th year, Bloom showcases the best of Ireland’s horticultural and food industry. This year’s event will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin for five days, June 1st – 5th, over the June bank holiday weekend.

According to Bord Bia, Bloom 2017 will feature 22 spectacular show gardens created by award winning garden designers. Organisations such as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin; Enable Ireland; Trocaire; Pieta House and Oxfam/GOAL have collaborated with a number of seasoned and new Bloom designers to create show-gardens capturing a range of societal issues that resonate on a global scale.

These include children’s health, disability, mental health, and the need for a more tolerant and peaceful world.

Other engaging show-gardens will include the Despicable Me 3 garden by Universal Studios; a dog friendly garden in association with Dogs Trust; and gardens exploring Ireland’s farming and food production heritage; Dublin City’s plans to ‘green’ the city; and an innovative tidal water-landscape garden.

“We are really excited about this year’s show gardens which will explore a range of social and cultural issues which are sure to resonate with visitors.

“Bloom continues to celebrate excellence in our horticulture and food industry with a range of medals awarded to garden designers, nurseries, floral artists, botanical artists and exhibitors over the course of the event.

“The festival has developed and grown into something which not only makes for a great day out, but also offers a platform to learn a wide range of practical information on everything from gardening, to growing fruit and vegetables, cooking, culture and politics. We have already started work on site in the Phoenix Park and look forward to welcoming everyone in June.” said Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s Bloom Show Manager

Flowers – Gardening & Horticulture

In addition to the 22 showgardens, the festival also offers a range of floral delights catering for everyone from the avid gardener to those lacking green-fingers.

These include: Some 13 small but perfectly formed (2m x 3m) postcard gardens created by passionate amateur gardeners from all around the country as well as a Sculpture garden, which is an outdoor gallery promoting art and sculptures created by Irish artists.

The Floral & Nursery Pavilion which will be brimming with flowers and plants from more than 30 of the very best plant nurseries in Ireland.

The Garden Expert Stage will feature leading experts in horticulture and gardening while the AOIFA Floral Art Stage will give advice and demonstrations on the techniques and artistry required to achieve a perfect floral display.

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