Friday 30 September 2016

Peter Pan and WB Yeats inspire Bloom gardens

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

Olivia Treacy in the Specsavers ‘Wonderful Awakening’ show garden ahead of the opening day of the Bloom festival. Photo: Damien Eagers
Olivia Treacy in the Specsavers ‘Wonderful Awakening’ show garden ahead of the opening day of the Bloom festival. Photo: Damien Eagers
Pictured is Catherine O’Leary in the Irish Country Garden created by Garden Designers Fiann ? Nuall?in and Lisa Kelly. The ‘Irish Country Magazine Garden’ was greated for Bloom in the Park 2015 where over 110,000 visitors are expected over the bank holiday.
Pictured at the preview today were Susan McDarby, Alesha McDarby, aged 7 and Anne Klaithira in The GOAL Garden ? What you call a slum, I call a home! designed by Joan Mallon. Credit Gary O' Neill
Pictured at the preview today was designer, Jane McCorkell, in her garden "Our Origin is Green" sponsored by Savills. Credit Gary O' Neill
Pictured at the preview today was Alesha McDarby, aged 7 in The GOAL Garden ? "What you call a slum, I call a home!" designed by Joan Mallon. Credit Gary O' Neill
Pictured is T?nde Szentesi of Tunde Landscapes from Kikliney putting the finishing touches to her garden design at Bloom in the Park 2015 where over 110,000 visitors are expected over the bank holiday.. With the help of Cuprinol Garden Shades, Tunde has created a garden which gives the illusion of being in an aquarium for hydrophobic people where visitors will feel as though they are underwater, or in space.
Pictured at the preview today was Annmarie Bowring in her garden Atlantic Youth Trust, which reflects the Atlantic coast of Ireland while highlighting the work of the Atlantic Youth Trust, their achievements and their future plans in the construction of a Tall Ship. Credit Gary O' Neill
Nuala Carey & Helen Curran, RT? Weather, launch RT? at Bloom 2015
Bloom 2015 Finishing touches are being made in preparation for the opening of this years Bloom in the Park. Pictured were Mateusz Wargala and Luke Rothwell from Collinstown Community College, Clondalkin getting ready Bloom 2015. Picture Nick Bradshaw

Soar above Peter Pan's Neverland or go to WB Yeats's secret garden on the isle of Inisfree.

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The 2015 Bloom Festival is set to be the biggest to date with over 106,000 people expected to make a bee line for the Phoenix Park this bank holiday weekend.

After weeks of pruning, the 25 show gardens will be unveiled today and they are an eclectic mix, to say the least.

Nairobi villages, fashion shoots and Disney films have all inspired the colourful foliage-filled show gardens.

'Footfall', designed by Hugh Ryan, should be a hit with green-fingered garden-istas - it is filled with 144 pairs of stiletto heels.

The husk of a sailing ship breaches the surface of the 'Atlantic Youth Garden' while the 'Pan Garden' encourages visitors to peer over Neverland as Captain Hook's ship floats by in the sky.

But by far the most whimsical and picturesque garden is 'Yeats's Secret Garden in Sligo'.

"I wanted to capture the romance and his imagination," designer Lorely Forrester explained.

Irish Independent

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