Friday 2 December 2016

Five must-see gardens at this year's Bloom in the Park

Published 01/06/2016 | 16:42

Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was 21 year old Sofi Dosa , the youngest ever garden designer at her 'Blurred Lines' Garden.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was 21 year old Sofi Dosa , the youngest ever garden designer at her 'Blurred Lines' Garden. Pic Steve Humphreys

The evolution of plants, the Easter Rising and a Chilean wine paradise are some of the themes among Bloom's 23 show gardens this year.

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Running from June 2-6, the Bord Bia festival at Dublin's Phoenix Park is expected to receive more than 100,000 visitors in its tenth year.

The show gardens include small, medium and large creations by Irish and international designers, with something to suit all ages and tastes.

 

1. Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden, designed by Fiann Ó'Nualláin CONSUMER Bloom.jpg

The Irish Independent and Bord Bia offered readers the chance to help design the 1916 Commemoration Garden to mark the centenary of the Rising at Bloom.

Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Molly Hayes from Milltown and Rachel Woods from Sandymount both aged 10 playing cards in the Sanctuary Synthetics 'Secret Life of Pets' Garden.
Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Molly Hayes from Milltown and Rachel Woods from Sandymount both aged 10 playing cards in the Sanctuary Synthetics 'Secret Life of Pets' Garden. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Peggy Stewart from Chicago at the 'Bridge the Gap' garden project. Pic Steve Humphreys 1st June 2016
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Barry Kavanagh with his 'Across Boundaries' Social Farming Garden. Pic Steve Humphreys
The 'Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden' by Alan Rudden pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June. Pic Steve Humphreys
Breast Cancer Survivor Ashley Coffey from Marino pictured in the Marie Keating Garden 'Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope' by Tunde Szentesi at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June. Pic Steve Humphreys
Breast Cancer Survivor Ashley Coffey from Marino pictured in the Marie Keating Garden 'Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope' by Tunde Szentesi at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June. Pic Steve Humphreys
The 'Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden' by Alan Rudden pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was 'Tarzan' Pavol Ponik from the City Centre in 'The Legend of Tarzan Garden'. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden' at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was designer Fiann Ó Nualláin with Joe O'Connor, Tola Collier, William Brennan, Steve Carey and Alan Battersby all from the Battle of Ashbourne Commemoration Committee. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden' at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Joe O'Connor, Tola Collier, William Brennan, Steve Carey and Alan Battersby all from the Battle of Ashbourne Commemoration Committee. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at the 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets - 1916 Commemoration Garden' at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Joe O'Connor, Tola Collier, William Brennan, Steve Carey and Alan Battersby all from the Battle of Ashbourne Commemoration Committee. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at the 'Sharing the Load' Garden at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was designer Padraic Woods from Blanchardstown. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was the 'Yi Garden (Friendship Garden) by Meng Pan. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was Lorraine Cronin from Kiskean Cork looking through a lens in the wall at the 'The Designer's Back Yard' Garden by Liat and Oliver Schurmann. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was 21 year old Sofi Dosa , the youngest ever garden designer at her 'Blurred Lines' Garden. Pic Steve Humphreys
Pictured at Bloom in the Phoenix Park which runs until Monday 6th June was 'Tarzan' Pavol Ponik from the City Centre in 'The Legend of Tarzan Garden'. Pic Steve Humphreys

Teacher Jacinta Sullivan's winning concept 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets' has been brought to life by previous Bloom gold medalist Fiann Ó'Nualláin, who runs The Holistic Gardener company.

The colourful garden incorporates the Proclamation along with the mixture of sweets and bullets strewn across the cobbles to demonstrate the poignancy of the stories of children who lived through Easter 1916.

This garden invites visitors to ask if the promise of the Proclamation to "cherish all the children of the nation equally" has been fulfilled.

 

Re-enactors from the Ashbourne re-enactment group in the Bullets and Boiled sweets 1916 garden at the Bloom garden festival in Phoenix park in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Re-enactors from the Ashbourne re-enactment group in the Bullets and Boiled sweets 1916 garden at the Bloom garden festival in Phoenix park in Dublin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday June 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

2. Across Boundaries, designed by Barry Kavanagh

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This vast garden represents how the concept of social farming can have a key role in the therapy of participants within the healthcare system.

The square garden section, with the phrase 'Every exit should be an entrance to something better', represents conventional forms of therapy with a figure facing an open barrier.

When the figure crosses the barrier, they enter the other part of the garden, going from conventional therapy to a naturalistic farm-based therapy.

Farm animals made using chicken wire are dotted around this side.

After its showing at Bloom, the garden will be integrated into an existing social farm.

 

3. UCD Evolution of Land Plants Garden, designed by Dr Caroline Elliot-Kingston and Nicola Haines Gardens1.jpg

Sponsored by UCD, this garden traces half a billion years of evolutionary history in one garden.

It tells the story of the importance of plants in creating habitats for animals through its movement from water on to land.

The garden is divided into five sections, beginning with Empty Earth and progressing to the key innovations in plant evolution - The Development of Plant Cuticle, Vascular System, Seeds and Flowers.

After the festival, the garden will be reconstructed as a permanent outdoor classroom in the grounds of UCD. There it will be used to teach plant evolution and the diversity of plant life on Earth.

 

4. Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope, designed by Tünde Szentesi

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The symbolic garden brought by the Marie Keating Foundation and Roche aims to offer hope to people affected by breast cancer with a colour scheme to trace the journey of breast cancer survivors.

The purple and red planting represents the emotions felt by people when first diagnosed with the illness. The foliage gradually brightens and the flowers bloom to a pink shade to signify compassion, nurturing and love.

Finally the white reflects new beginnings, protection and encouragement.

The must-see aspect of this garden is a hammock made from bras do add by breast cancer survivors, designed by students of the Rediscover Centre in Ballymun and the National College of Art and Design.

 

5. Santa Rita Living La Vida 120 Garden, designed by Alan Rudden

A flavour of Chile has been brought to Bloom this year, inspired by the designer's visit to South America and the Casa Real Estate, the home of the Santa Rita wine.

The designer noticed how the Chileans love to enjoy wine and food al fresco, which motivated him to create a space where visitors could be entertained and relaxed.

The plants and material finishes were influenced by those seen in Chile, with a harmonious mix of the old and the new.

This contrast represents the journey from the history of the tradition of wine production in the country through to Santa Rita's reputation as the most popular South American wine brand in Ireland.

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