The hugely popular gardening, food and family festival, Bloom is returning this summer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park over the June bank holiday from Thursday, 29th May until Monday, June 2nd.
Green fingered enthusiasts, foodies and those who enjoy a great family day out always look forward to Ireland’s largest garden and food festival. Now in its eighth year, Bloom 2014 will showcase 30 exquisite show gardens, from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers.
This year’s bespoke garden creations will include the Crumlin Children's Hospital Garden, Mrs Brown’s Boys D'Garden which will see the popular TV show come to life through the recreation of the now infamous kitchen set Bloom-style!, a staggering 10ft Mr Tayto will overlook the Tayto Garden - Potato to Packet, which will also include the largest water feature ever to appear at Bloom, the Wellbeing Wetlands which will represent a typical North American cranberry farm, the Barretstown & Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of Magic garden providing a magical, thought provoking and fun-filled place for children and adults to enjoy, and the Samaritans You’ll Talk I'll Listen garden designed to highlight the powerful effects of simply talking about your problems.
A team of expert judges from the world of horticulture will once again preside over this year’s event, including Andrew Wilson (award-winning garden designer, lecturer and writer), Mark Gregory (winner of 55 Chelsea medals), Karen Foley (landscape architect and educator) and Paul Maher (curator of the National Botanic Gardens). They will be joined by guest judge, award-winning landscape architect and garden designer Feargus McGarvey.
The Quality Kitchen stage, a firm favourite with Bloom regulars, is sure to be a major attraction in the Food Village this year. Some of Ireland’s most loved chefs, including Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Donal Skehan and Catherine Fulvio will host a number of daily demonstrations showcasing a range of new recipes made from Bord Bia Quality Assured products and the best of local ingredients.