#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
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.
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.”
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?
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?
'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.
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?