Monday 25 September 2017

A feast for the senses at botanical bonanza Bloom

Nicola Anderson and Tara Cunningham

IT was a botanical bonanza and a riot for the senses, with fragrant blossoms and artisan foods.

Kind weather conditions made for a pleasant day for visitors as Bloom opened its gates for the second day of this year's festival at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

Hoards of spectators flocked around the winning entry of the Supergarden competition – Lisa McKnight's Scent and Sensibility garden.

The Galway mother of three recently moved to private garden design after a career in commercial landscaping.

Elsewhere, The Wizard of Oz Sanctuary Garden was a hive of activity and a large crowd gathered to admire a particularly special garden.

Eileen Nolan, gardener at Our Lady's Hospice in Harold's Cross and Blackrock Hospice, had designed Journey On Earth – with trickling water, scented plants and wheelchair-accessible paths.

After the festival, the garden will be replanted at the hospice in Harold's Cross.

Tickets for Bloom range from €12 to €20, with children free.

Irish Independent

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