CORK will be well represented at this year’s Bloom festival in Dublin.
The evolution of plants, the war in Syria and international gardens from Chicago, China and Chile are just some of the themes and inspirations for this year’s event.
The 10th annual Bloom event will run for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park in Dublin from Thursday June 2nd to Monday 6th. Cork will be represented by twelve businesses at this year’s festival.
This year’s show will include 23 show gardens often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Bord Bia festival. The designers have continued the tradition of repeatedly raising the bar on previous years, to develop beautiful, imaginative and thought provoking designs. Organisations such as Marie Keating Foundation, GOAL, and St John of God Hospital have also teamed up with designers to create gardens with powerful messages around social and cultural issues.
Balincollig’s Ingrid Swan, a landscape and garden designer and head of IS Design, has designed the ‘Sculpture at the Parkland’ garden with Ruth Liddle. The show garden will be a beautiful outdoor sculpture gallery and is truly a must-see for design enthusiasts. Situated away from the other show gardens, visitors will be welcome to walk through this space to experience and interact with the art. Since 2014, Ingrid has won three medals at Bloom.
In addition, Blackwater Floral Accessories will take part in the Floral & Nursery Pavilion showcasing the very best of plant nurseries.
The Food Village will be home to over 100 food stalls, including Bia Ganbreise from Ballingeary, Green Saffron, Joe’s Farm Crisps, Mella’s Fudge, Rebel Chilli, Seymour Fine Foods and West Cork Pies. The Bloom Inn will be home to Kinsale’s Stonewell Cider, Elbow Lane Brewhouse and St Patrick’s Distillery, as well as a wide range of other Irish craft beers and spirits.