Bloom 2016 will run for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, 2nd to Monday 6th. The show continues to grow each year and is now widely regarded as Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors last year.
Speaking at the launch today Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s Bloom Manager said, “Bord Bia is delighted to mark Bloom’s 10th anniversary this year and we are proud of how the event has evolved over the years. We are working hard to ensure that visitors are in for a real treat in this our special celebratory year. Once again, the Bloom audience can expect to see breath taking show gardens, sample some of Ireland’s finest food and enjoy wonderful entertainment, shopping and plenty of lively debate.”
“While gardens from Chicago and the Chinese city of Yangzhou will add an exciting international dimension this year, we will also be celebrating our tenth birthday with a number of new and exciting features” added Mr. Graham.
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.
This year’s bespoke garden creations will include; UCD Evolution of Land Plants Garden which will allow visitors to walk with plants through a half billion years of evolutionary history; Bullets and Boiled Sweets is a 1916 garden installation designed to commemorate the centenary, while the contemporary Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden boasts Latin American influences, inspired by the designers recent visit to Chile. Meanwhile, the “Face to Face” garden will aim to reconnect us with our environment in the age of 24/7 “always on” social media, the GOAL Syria Garden symbolises the loss, devastation and displacement to which countless families in Syria have been subjected through five years of civil war and the Marie Keating Foundation garden is designed to offer hope to people affected by breast cancer.Liat and Oliver Schurmann, owners of Mount Venus Nursery, Dublin, will design a garden to support the launch of the new Tarzan movie, while other show gardens themes include the importance of social farming, mindfulness and mental health.
Bloom 2016 – Highlights
Pictured were Doireann McNally (5) and Eva Casey (5) with Bord Bia’s Gary Graham at the launch of Bloom.