Bloom, Ireland's premier gardening showcase, hosted by Bord Bia and running over the June Bank Holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park, today announced the results of the Garden Designers Choice Award. Bloom Garden designers took time out from their own gardens to vote for their favourite garden.
Bernadette and Eamon Doran from Wexford topped the polls and scooped the coveted title with their stunning creation "A Taste of Memory".
The designers based the theme of the winning garden on a unique and romantic ideal with special emphasis on the idea of a "grandmother's garden", one where memories are fondly reminisced upon.
Bloom is a timely event with the horticulture sector growing by 71% in the past four years, reflecting Irish consumers' spending habits, their move outdoors and investment in all associated aspects of gardening.
Bloom is the largest showcase of its kind in Ireland, with over 300 people involved in the logistics of running the show it is not only the largest but also the highest quality gardening event in the country on par with similar shows internationally. The onsite build of Bloom began thirty six days ago and despite the stunning setting of the Phoenix Park, in order to transform the 70 acres of parkland into a premier gardening experience, plenty of work and materials were shipped to Dublin's most famous park.
These included 22 tonnes of bark mulch, over 72,000 litres of water, 300 running metres of car park track and 300 metres of walkway, 120 temporary toilets, 10 power generators, a temporary mobile phone mast, 5 lighting towers, creation of 3,000 carpark spaces and even 2 bridges from World War II were shipped in so visitors could drive over a moat to gain access to the car parks at different points.
Orla Woods from Kilmurry Nursery and coordinator of the Nursery and Floral Pavilion also commented on the huge crowds arriving on a daily basis "many of the exhibitors here travelled through the night, to the four corners of the country in order to collect more stock to keep up with the demand from Bloom visitors. They all want to take home a piece of Bloom. We are absolutely delighted with the vast numbers of people purchasing plants"
Bloom has also been the stage for a few horticultural newcomers, including a lavender on display at Paul Martin's "A Tuscan Paradise" garden that has never been seen before in this country, Oliver and Liat Schurmann's "Infinity" garden used a one of a kind grass and Paul and Orla Woods in the Floral Pavilion have included the Camanula-Blue Bloomers, grown only by Kilmurry Nurseries.
Along with the stunning show gardens and the Nursery and Floral Pavilion there is a huge variety of exhibits to entertain and inform including cookery demonstrations by Ireland's top chefs, Bord Bia's "Horticulture for Life" exhibit outlining the importance of horticulture and how it impacts on our daily life and the economy, Pfizer are offering health checks, outdoor living is in vogue with Tesco, Fáilte Ireland will highlight the gardens of Ireland and the Keelings display garden will appeal to anyone who is mad about flowers.
The Bloom showcase also includes daily entertainment; creative workshops, exquisite sculpture displays; outdoor food markets; a variety of specialty garden retail exhibits; a family 'fun learning zone', live bee demonstrations, a 25m2 maze and Ireland's largest ever nursery and floral display.