Sunday 25 February 2018

#HaveYourSay: Which masterpiece is your favourite Bloom 2017 garden?

Take in a selection of the winning Bloom gardens and vote for your favourite horticultural masterpiece

Michell Kelly with kids Hannah Kelly (6),Elsie Kelly (4) and Bella Kelly (1) pictured at Living Oasis Garden at Bloom 2017, Phoenix Park. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins
Michell Kelly with kids Hannah Kelly (6),Elsie Kelly (4) and Bella Kelly (1) pictured at Living Oasis Garden at Bloom 2017, Phoenix Park. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins
Garden designer Alan Rudden pictured with his 'Savills' Urban Retreat' exhibit in the show garden of Bloom 2017. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Niall Maxwell - Garden designer of Oxfam and Goal Garden pictured with assistant Marina Andreeva at Bord Bia Bloom 2017, Phoenix Park. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins
Garden Designer Kevin Dennis in his garden ‘Living Oasis’ by Santa Rita. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Kate (8) and Lucy Maher (5) from Kilkenny at the Despicable Me 3 Garden at Bloom. Picture: Collins
RTÉ’s Joe Duffy with fans at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Doug O’Connor
Ervin Eustace (2) from Phibsboro Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Aoibheann (5) and Eleanor (6) O’Connor with Grace Weldon (6) – all from Swords – at the Fluirse Fingal Designed garden. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with a bee at the opening of Bloom 2017 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 1.6.2017
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with a bee at the opening of Bloom 2017 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Pic:Mark Condren 1.6.2017
President of Ireland Michael D Higgins & his wife Sabina at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin Garden by Kieran Dunne & Anthony Dunne at the opening of Bord Bias 11th Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Suzie Carley with her dog 'Minni' on the 'On Cloud CaNine by the Dog's Trust' designed by Brian Burke at Bloom 2017. Picture; Gerry Mooney
Deric Ó h'Artagáin with Porshe, a rescue dog, at Ireland's first Dog Friendly garden by Dogs Trust at Bloom hosted by Bord Bia. Picture: Fran Veale
Cassie Stokes with Minnie, a rescue dog, at Ireland's first Dog Friendly garden by Dogs Trust at Bloom hosted by Bord Bia. Picture: Fran Veale
Sisters Olivia (6) and Ellen Foley (8) in ‘The Strawberry Bed Garden’. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Maggie Clune. Photo: Mark Condren
In Bloom by Viviane Sassen for Dazed and Confused, 2011
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Designer Bríd Conroy with her ‘Despicable Me 3’ garden at the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Eabha Martin (2) from Sandyford during Bord Bia's 11th Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Rebecca Lumley

Waterfalls, wildlife and even minions; this year’s Bloom in the Park festival has it all.

Running for its eleventh year, Ireland’s biggest gardening festival spans across 70 acres of the Phoenix Park this weekend, showcasing the best of the country’s horticultural scene.

The winners were announced on Thursday morning, with victors crowned in a host of different categories. If you can’t make it along to this year’s festival, hope isn’t lost.

Take in a selection of the winning Bloom gardens here and vote for your favourite horticultural masterpiece at the bottom of the article.

Best large garden

FBD Insurance’s 'Transition' garden

The biggest bloom accolade comes in the form of the best large garden award. This year it was scooped by veteran Bloom duo and married couple, Oliver and Liat Schurmann.

Inspired by the Connemara coast, their garden features a large water feature with a sophisticated pump system. Designed to mimic sea tides, the water rises and falls at intervals throughout the day, revealing mini hidden islands when the water drops.

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Cellist Jenny Dowdall in the FBD Insurance ‘Transition’ garden. Photo: Julien Behal

At the centre of the display is a seating area, half enclosed by glass and half open to the elements. The “smokers’ room”, according to Mr Schurmann.

The garden is tranquil, beautiful and intelligently constructed. But is it your favourite?

 

Best medium garden

The Teagasc 'Garden of Hope'

Boasting a circular structure that encourages relaxation and renewal, the Teagasc garden was deemed to be the best medium-sized garden. Created by Laura Cassin, Louise Jones and Linda Murphy, this garden “aims to evoke serenity and a connection with nature to raise the spirit.”

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Pictured is Laura Cassin working on the 'Garden of Hope' by Teagasc & Pieta House. Photo Chris Bellew/Fennell PHotogrpahy

Mental health plays a central role in the garden’s theme, with a modified version moving to a Pieta House centre once the festival ends.

Did the designers succeed in creating a serene space or would you pass on putting this in your garden?

 

Best concept

Oxfam Ireland and GOAL Garden: 'A World Beyond Walls'

If you thought a garden couldn’t make a political statement, you were wrong. Designed by Niall Maxwell, “A world beyond walls” plays on the increasingly insular policy decisions of certain countries, featuring a back wall that represents the border walls promised by President Donald Trump.

Concrete slabs litter the enclosure, having been removed from the wall as a symbol of protest. The garden aims to promote tolerance and diversity.

It certainly makes a statement, but is it your favourite?

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Niall Maxwell - Garden designer of Oxfam and Goal Garden pictured with assistant Marina Andreeva at Bord Bia Bloom 2017, Phoenix Park. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins

 

Best Planting

'Savill’s Urban Retreat'

Scooping the prize for best planting, this large garden is a feast for the eyes in terms of foliage. Designed by Alan Rudden to mimic the needs of functional residential gardens, it creates the perfect balance of space and privacy.

It features two central entertaining spaces, a simple colour palette and of course, vibrant, luscious planting.

#HaveYourSay: Which masterpiece is your favourite Bloom garden?

Garden Designer Kevin Dennis in his garden ‘Living Oasis’ by Santa Rita. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Take in a selection of the winning Bloom gardens and vote for your favourite horticultural masterpiece

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Garden designer Alan Rudden pictured with his 'Savills' Urban Retreat' exhibit in the show garden of Bloom 2017. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Functionality was the key to this design, but would this suit your home?

 

Gold medal winner

'Living Oasis by Santa Rita: Living La Vida 120'

This garden aims to create an “oasis of calm”, according to its designer Kevin Dennis. Featuring leafy green planting, a luxurious hammock and a glistening water feature, this large garden would look more at home in the Bahamas than Bray.

Does its minimalistic approach float your boat?

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Michell Kelly with kids Hannah Kelly (6),Elsie Kelly (4) and Bella Kelly (1) pictured at Living Oasis Garden at Bloom 2017, Phoenix Park. Pic Stephen Collins/Collins

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