What’s the buzz for Bloom 2019?
Join Bord Bia this ‘Bloom’ Bank Holiday Weekend for Ireland’s biggest floral, food and family festival
Thursday 30th May – Monday June 3rd 2019
Dublin’s Phoenix Park is buzzing in anticipation of Bord Bia’s Bloom festival which will return for its thirteenth year from 30th May – 3rd June 2019.
The celebrated floral, food and family festival, which attracted 120,000 visitors last year, will feature 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 25 plant nurseries, 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best known chefs and some 100 retailers, all within a 70 acre site.
From bee-friendly gardens to Ireland’s first gin garden; water conservation to human rights issues; and health and wellness to the damage of plastics pollution in our oceans, Bloom by Bord Bia once again highlights its cultural relevance and the importance of horticulture in Ireland.
Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia said, “Bord Bia is delighted to announce the details for Bloom 2019 which once again offers a wonderful showcase for horticulture and gardening in Ireland. This year, it is really encouraging to see issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, water conservation and mental and physical health being addressed in an accessible way through floral displays, talks and family-friendly exhibits. With something for everyone, from gardening, arts and crafts, to music, food and drink as well as talks, workshops and live cookery demonstrations, we can look forward to five fun-filled days in the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday weekend.”
At the heart of Bord Bia’s Bloom festival will be 22 stunning show gardens which will celebrate the skill and creativity of Ireland’s garden designers, landscapers and horticulturalists. These magnificent spaces have also become an important platform to communicate many of the cultural, economic and social issues of the day.
Gardens with an important call to environmental action include ‘Bee Positive’, a pollinator-friendly concept garden designed by Fingal County Council & Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB); ‘Aqua Marine’ an under-water garden featuring marine flora and fauna sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and the E3 (Environment, Engineering and Emerging technologies) garden by TrinityHaus Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering which will incorporate the treatment of waste water to be re-used for gardening, food production and farming.
The role that plants can play in improving both physical and mental health is explored in several gardens. The Lidl Healthy Mind Healthy Planet garden will demonstrate how mental wellbeing can be improved by stepping into nature no matter how big or small the green space; while the Grounded in association with Janssen, Aware and See Change garden incorporates ideas that came about through a series of hands-on workshops contributed to by those living with or affected by mental illness. The Healthy Way Garden, jointly sponsored by the HSE’s Healthy Ireland initiative and The Food Dudes programme, explores the steps you can take to achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, while issues of accessibility and inclusion will be highlighted by The Great Outdoors garden from the Irish Wheelchair Association and by Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden.
Bloom 2019 will also once again highlight important charitable work carried out by Irish organisations including Stolen Land: A Garden for Trócaire which highlights the ongoing issue of land rights in Guatemala; A Chothú agus a Chosaint (to nurture and protect) by GOAL will tell the story of the 68.5 million people who were forcibly displayed from their homes in 2018; and the Marie Keating Foundation Breath of Life Garden which tells the story of Lung Cancer, Ireland’s biggest cancer killer.
Alongside the spectacular show gardens, Bloom is also a hub for practical gardening tips and advice. A new feature this year is The Irish Garden magazine Bloom Plant Clinic which will offer the collective horticultural brains of more than 20 trained, experienced horticulturists and gardeners to deal with gardening queries. Visitors can also purchase plants and seek advice from more than 25 of the very best plant nurseries in Ireland in the Floral & Nursery Pavilion and be wowed by the artistry on display at the AOIFA Floral Art Stage and Botanical & Floral Art Exhibition. Amateur gardening displays will also be celebrated in the 14 postcard gardens which are small, but perfectly formed, gardening showcases from community groups around the country.
Food Glorious Food
Bloom 2019 offers many synergies in the horticulture and food space with two show gardens dedicated to food and drink, namely the UCD History of the Irish Diet in Plants garden which will visually illustrate the changes in the Irish diet over the past 8,000 years and the Blackwater Gin garden which will be Ireland’s first show garden dedicated to gin! In addition, the hugely popular Bord Bia Quality Kitchen stage will feature leading chefs including Neven Maguire, Rory O’Connell and Catherine Fulvio. Bord Bia’s Márie Dufficy will host a new cookery feature with gardening expert Gerry Daly who will demonstrate how to add home-grown herbs into everyday meals. Bord Bia’s Food Village will also be bursting with more than 100 Irish food and drink exhibitors in the Food Market and Bloom Inn with many new companies and new products set to launch at the event.
Many of this year’s show gardens have been designed to capture the imagination of children and families. This includes the Connectivity garden for Woodies which will seek to reconnect children to nature and promote play outside by providing a stimulating, immersive and enjoyable outdoor experience; the Yesterday, ‘What If…’ garden for Universal Pictures to celebrate the release of the new comedy from director Danny Boyle; and the FBD Garden 2019 which will celebrate what it means to be Irish.
At the Keelings Display Tunnel, children will be invited to create seed bombs that include nectar rich wildflower seeds to attract bees and other important pollinators into their garden; the Irish Craft Village presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will host craft workshops, live demonstrations and interactive installations and the Food Dudes Play Zone will host Playstival, alongside a host of other child-centred features and activities.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster, priced €16 for seniors/students, and €20 for adults, plus booking fee. Children under 16 go free. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for €25 adults, €21 students/seniors.
For a full line up of features visit www.bloominthepark.com or follow Bloom on Facebook, on Twitter @bloominthepark and on Instagram @bloomfestival
Returning sponsors for this year’s event include FBD Insurance, Irish Independent and the Office of Public Works.
Notes to Editor:
Bloom 2019 Show Gardens
Bee Positive - designed by Fingal County Council & Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB)
UCD History of the Irish Diet in Plants - designed by Dr. Caroline Elliott-Kingston, Dr. Meriel McClatchie, John McCord, Ciaran Rooney, Hannah Johnston, and Niamh Conlon.
Vina Dona Paula - A Matter of Altitude – designed by Alan Rudden for Santa Rita.
FBD Garden 2019 – designed by Kevin Dennis for FBD
Grounded in association with Janssen, Aware and See Change - Growing conversations around mental illness - designed by Maeve O’Neill for Janssen, the pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson
Crumlin Children's Hospital Garden - designed by Kieran Dunne and Anthony Ryan for Kildare Growers
Aqua Marine - sponsored by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency – designed by Oliver & Liat Schurman
Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden – designed by Linda McKeown for Enable Ireland
Marie Keating Foundation Breath of Life Garden – designed by Tunde Perry for the Marie Keating Foundation
Memories are made of this – Dementia: Understand Together Garden – designed by Robert Moore for the HSE
Stolen Land: a Garden for Trócaire – designed by Barry Kavanagh for Trócaire
Connectivity - designed by Brian Burke for Woodies
The Healthy Way Garden – designed by James Purdy Architects for Healthy Ireland and The Food Dudes programme.
Blackwater Gin Garden – designed by Peter Cowell and Monty Richardson for Blackwater Gin
Super Garden Winner – to be announced on opening day of Bloom 2019
E3 Garden – designed by Dr. Liwen Xiao, Tom Grey & Dr. Dunzhu Li from TrinityHaus/Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
The Yesterday ‘What If….’ Garden - designed by Elma Fenton for Universal Pictures
Moving Forward – Building My Best Possible Life – designed by Ruaidhri Bashford for Cheshire Ireland
The Great Outdoors – designed by Leonie Cornelius for the Irish Wheelchair Association
A Chothú agus a Chosaint - designed by Adrian Eggers for GOAL
Tóg go Bóg é (Take it Easy) – designed by Patricia Tyrell and VTOS Horticulture Cabra Community College students
Lidl Healthy Mind Healthy Planet – designed by Svaja Vaicula for Lidl
Sculpture in the Park Bloom 2019 – designed by Ruth Liddle and Ken Folan, sponsored by The Kildare Gallery at Carton House