Mix of gardening, food and other fun for Bloom 2018
Bord Bia's Bloom festival takes place this coming May 31 - June 4, and will feature a mix of stunning show gardens, food features and family fun in the world-class surroundings of Dublin's Phoenix Park.
11 May 2018 | 0
Issues including the challenges of urban living, inequality, sustainability and biodiversity will come to life this June bank holiday weekend at the Bloom Festival, which takes place at the Phoenix Park from 31 May – 4 June. The five day event, showcasing the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry will include 20 spectacular show gardens and endless garden and floral features. On top of that, the event will feature arts, crafts, music, food and drink as well as talks, debates, workshops and live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best loved chefs.
The main attractions at Bloom are the show gardens created by leading garden designers worth up to €1 million. For 2018, these veritable works of art will include include ‘Moments in Time: Dementia Understand Together’ a multi-sensory garden for dementia sufferers; ‘A SunSmart Garden’ to raise awareness of skin cancer by the Marie Keating Foundation designed by the UK based ‘Hairy Gardeners’; the ‘Enable Ireland Beyond Boundaries Garden’ which caters for people of varying abilities; the ‘No Limits – GOAL’s Garden For Women’ which highlights the issue of gender inequality in the developing world; and Trocaire’s ‘Peaceful Resistance’ garden will represent the plight of Human Rights and Environmental Defenders.
“This will be the 12th year that Bord Bia has hosted Bloom in the Phoenix Park,” said Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy, “and we are incredibly proud of how the event has developed and evolved over the years.
“It offers a platform for some of Ireland’s most acclaimed garden designers to showcase their skills, creativity and imagination in developing spectacular outdoor spaces which continue to captivate our visitors. It also offers our many hardworking food producers, plant nurseries and food and drinks companies the opportunity to engage directly with the consumers of their products in a relaxed and informal setting.
“And best of all,” McCarthy added, “it offers a great day out with something for everyone!”
To learn more or purchase tickets to Bloom by Bord Bia, visit www.bloominthepark.com o