Speaking at the event today Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia commented "Bloom 2014 has been an outstanding success and feedback from those trading onsite has been extremely positive. Bloom is now firmly established in the parklands setting of the Phoenix Park and is regarded as the most important event in the Irish horticulture calendar. Bord Bia is privileged to provide this public showcase of Ireland’s world-class food and horticulture sectors, both of which significantly contribute to Ireland’s economy.”
Earlier this week Bloom Patron the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins described the event as “a beautiful festival of scents, colours and flavours that announces the delights of summer.” Addressing a large crowd of Bloom visitors, President Higgins added “Over the last seven years Bloom has become an important and beloved rendez-vous, not just for professional horticulturists and landscape designers, but also for amateur gardeners and all those who wish to enjoy, discover or simply admire Ireland’s wide variety of flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, and food and drink products.”
BLOOM 2014 IN NUMBERS
The judging panel awarded a total of 22 medals to show garden designers including; 7 Gold, 6 Silver Gilt, 7 Silver and 2 Bronze. The overall category winners were:
Floral & Nursery Marquee
A total of 44 medals were awarded to exhibitors within the Floral & Nursery Marquee with 11 gold medals; 8 silver-gilt; 11 silver and 13 bronze. W.S Warmenhoven’s display of allium and amaryllis won ‘Best in Show’.
Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA)
The AOIFA Awards saw 20 medals awarded this year across four individual categories. Marta O’Kelly from Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow won ‘Best in Show’ for her entry within the Spellbound category.
According to Bord Bia, the focus has already shifted to planning for Bloom 2015 which will take place from Thursday 28th May – Monday June 1st 2015.