Friday 24 May 2019

Bloom festival to bring flower power back to Phoenix Park

Adrianna Fayiah (5), Tallaght, Eoghan Fox (7), Blessington and Florence Marlow-Ward (4), Walkinstown
Adrianna Fayiah (5), Tallaght, Eoghan Fox (7), Blessington and Florence Marlow-Ward (4), Walkinstown

Eimear Rabbitt

Dublin's Phoenix Park will be awash with more than 100,000 people over the next bank holiday weekend as crowds flock to another Bloom festival.

The hugely popular annual event will return for its 13th year from Thursday, May 30, to Monday, June 3.

Organisers are pulling out all the stops this year, with 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens and 25 plant nurseries among the offerings on the 70-acre site.

Some 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland's best known chefs and more than 100 Irish food and drink producers will also be on hand to keep crowds happy.

The floral, food and family festival is hoping to impress visitors with its diverse offerings - from bee-friendly gardens to Ireland's first gin garden.

Other gardens on show will include gardens promoting mental well-being and those calling for environmental action.

One of the stand-out events on the summer calendar, last year's festival attracted 120,000 visitors.

Adrianna Fayiah (5), from Tallaght, Eoghan Fox (7), from Blessington, and Florence Marlow-Ward (4), from Walkinstown, yesterday helped announce the return of the festival, organised by Bord Bia.

Bord Bia chief executive Tara McCarthy 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.

"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."

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