Tuesday 25 July 2017

Young gardeners reap success as Bloom Festival blossoms

Barry Andrews of Goal shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina around the Goal Garden on the first day of the Bloom Festival at the Phoenix Park
Barry Andrews of Goal shows President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina around the Goal Garden on the first day of the Bloom Festival at the Phoenix Park
Ciara Myles (16) from Castleknock, Dublin, carries a wheelbarrow of plants at the festival.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

They say you reap what you sow. And that's certainly the case for the pupils of Our Lady of Good Counsel National School in Drimnagh, Dublin.

The budding gardeners and green-fingered warriors won the nationwide GIY and Innocent Sow and Grow 2015 competition at the annual Bloom Festival, and were delighted all their "mucking about" had finally paid off.

It was a bountiful start to the five-day event with record crowds of 15,000 milling about the Phoenix Park.

President Michael D Higgins spent the morning pottering about with wife Sabina by his side.

President Higgins was presented with a scarlet rose, bred and named in honour of poet WB Yeats. "This year, as in previous years, the show-gardens are the heart and soul of Bloom," President Higgins said.

Jane McCorkell claimed top prize in the large garden category for her garden 'Our Origin is Green'.

Irish Independent

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