Blooming marvellous - Up to 100,000 expected at gardening extravaganza
BLOOM, the gardening extravaganza in Dublin’s Phoneix Park is expected attract close to 100,000 visitors before the festival ends tomorrow
As well as cookery demonstrations, entertainment, a floral marquee and retail area several dozen gardens are on display.
The President Michael D Higgins made the short hop from the Aras to carry out the official opening and the Taoiseach also attended.
President Higgins admitted that while he loved gardens he wasn’t much of a gardener himself.
“Let you be honest with yourself, some of you much prefer to look at them than to actually be hoking away at them in the different seasons. I’m making a public confession on behalf of all so therefore you are now totally absolved,” he said.
Met Éireann is predicting continued sunny spells and high temperatures throughout the weekend.
Organisers are advising visitors to bring plenty of sunscreen and to locate the free water points for water-bottle refills on arrival.
There are also almost three acres of marquee-covered space providing shade. Revised traffic plans have been put in place and additional car parks have been opened to accommodate high volumes of visitors.
Those intending to visit Bloom are also encouraged to avail of public transport and the free shuttle services that are available from the main gates to the Phoenix Park and from Heuston Station.