31.05.12 - Bloom 2012
Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, Bloom, is taking place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, from Thursday, May 31st to Monday June 4th.
Bloom offers something for everyone with fun for all the family as some of the activities that visitors can enjoy include cookery and craft demonstrations, Irish food, live entertainment and gardening workshops.
Organised by Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, in association with Love Irish Food, The Office of Public Works, Fáilte Ireland and The Irish Times, children can attend Bloom for free.
Bloom 2012 will see twenty-seven spectacular must-visit Show Gardens showcasing the talents of designers from all corners of Ireland. The gardens range in size from 35 to 200 square metres and will provide a range of inspirational ideas for visitors.
The 5th year of the event was hosted in 2011 and to-date has been the most successful for Bloom, attracting up to 90,000 visitors to the 70 acre site at the Visitor’s Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
The Floral Marquee (sponsored by the 100% Electric Nissan LEAF) will showcase plant and floral nurseries in Ireland. A wonderful selection of plants and flowers will be available for sale in the marquee. Large floral displays from more than forty nurseries and florists will inspire visitors with the scents and colours of summer. The Floral Marquee offers something for everyone with advice ranging from growing a home garden to finding a special plant or flower. There’s no need to worry about carrying plants around all day at Bloom, as there is a complementary Plant Créche available at the event.
The beautiful surroundings of the OPW Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden located in the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, is the centre point of Bloom, while the exterior wall of the OPW Walled Garden will exhibit a colourful, scented tunnel of thirty-five large opulent summer flowering hanging baskets.
The Expert Stage, sponsored by Woodies, will provide advice from specialists in horticulture, gardening and floristry. Guest speakers include Gerry Daly and Les Swarbrigg from Woodies – speaking on Garden DIY and engaging in Q&A sessions. Growise from Bord na Móna will host an interactive area of planting demonstrations while also showcasing their best in class products.
The Tree Council of Ireland will have an information stand in the Walled Kitchen Garden, where visitors can learn more about their work and ask any questions they may have about tree planting or tree care.
Bloom 2012 will host the first recreational tree climbing competition to be held in Dublin’s world famous park. Tree Climbers from all over Ireland and abroad will have their strength tested in this event.
For more information about Bloom, please visit www.bloominthepark.com.