The date has recently been announced for Ireland’s biggest garden festival, The Bloom Flower Show 2010. It will be held in the phoenix park on the June bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 3rd to Monday June 7th.The date has recently been announced for Ireland’s biggest garden festival, The Bloom Flower Show 2010. It will be held in the phoenix park on the June bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 3rd to Monday June 7th.
Organisers promise a spectacular event with a display of 25 large, medium and small show gardens and to go alongside this there will be a floral pavillion featuring 50 displays with the best of Irish plants and flowers. Medals of Gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze will be awarded for the best gardens and floral displays by an international judging panel that includes Chelsea Flower Show adjudicator, Andrew Wilson.
Gary Graham, Bloom Project Manager, Bord Bia said, “Visitors to the show this year will be amazed at the vibrancy and intricacy of the designs. Designers from across the country will produce a selection of some of the most visually impressive show pieces that our rich stocks of garden design professionals have to offer.”
There will also be a food market which will consist of over 40 food producers from all over Ireland who will be on hand to give samples and tips on how to prepare tasty dishes using their products. The market will include a variety of foods from handmade chocolates, and baked goods to farmhouse cheeses and Irish honey. Advice on the nutritional benefits of eating your five a day and what’s best in season and when will also be offered. A craft beer garden will be set up where you can taste Irish beers, spirits and liquors, for everybody over the age of eighteen, and it will be situated near the music stage and picnic area.
Talks and demonstrations are planned beside the food market; forgotten food skills from Ireland’s past will also be shown. Skills such as cheese making, butter churning, apple pressing and fish smoking will also be demonstrated. In addition live cookery demos by celebrity chefs will be held four times daily over the course of the event and these dishes prepared by the chefs will promote local produce and will be available to order each day in Bistro Bloom.
The Irish Preschool Play Association (IPPA) have also put together a garden that is described by organisers as 'imaginative and interactive', it includes hay castles and willow huts, created on a very small budget using natural materials. The IPPA hope to encourage families, playgroups, county councils and crèches to replicate the simple play garden idea to provide young children all over the country with more play areas. Bloom neighbours, Dublin Zoo, will host a number of children’s workshops throughout the weekend and this year visitors will have the opportunity to meet, and feed, a number of farm animals at the mini Bloom farm.
Daily workshops and classes for children will be held by Imaginosity, the children’s museum based in Sandyford, Co. Dublin, on how to grow your own vegetables to building a bird’s nest. The younger children attending the show can enjoy puppet shows, storytelling tents and help create a ‘Scented Garden’.
GIY Ireland, a network of grow-it-yourselfers, have created a totally edible garden.
“The garden is designed as a classic suburban garden to show visitors just how much GIY-ing can be done in that environment and how a productive suburban vegetable patch can also be an attractive garden” commented Michael Kelly, Founder of GIY Ireland.
The Irish fruit and vegetable industry, Bord Bia and educational body Agri Aware challenged school pupils nationwide to not only eat their fruit and vegetables, but to know and grow their own. As part of the “Incredible Edibles” challenge every primary school received a box including everything a class needs to grow their five-a-day. The “Incredible Edible” characters will be at Bloom to show all the younger visitors how to grow and sow fruit and vegetables.
Aidan Cotter, Chief Executive, Bord Bia stated, “the themes for Bloom 2010 reflect current consumer sentiment and the interaction between horticulture, food and the environment. Bloom aims to educate, inspire and inform visitors and with something planned for all ages, we trust visitors will enjoy the wide and expanded range of features and exhibits Bloom 2010 has to offer.”