Thursday 20 June 2019

Locals set to get in Bloom for festival

Around Fingal

Dublin's Phoenix Park is buzzing in anticipation of Bord Bia's Bloom festival which will celebrate its thirteenth year from 30th May - 3rd June 2019 and there will be plenty of representation from this part of the world.

North Dublin garden designers Maeve O'Neill, and Kevin Dennis, join Fingal County Council, IT Blanchardstown and others in this year's line up.

The Floral & Nursery Pavilion features four North Dublin garden shops and nurseries as well as the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, based in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin; while in the Food Village, eight North Dublin food and drink producers will showcase the best of Irish food and drink.

The celebrated horticulture, food and family festival, which attracted over 120,000 visitors last year, will feature 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 25 plant nurseries, 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland's best-known chefs and some 100 retailers, all within a 70 acre site.

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia 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.

'This year, 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.

'With something for everyone, from gardening, arts and crafts, to music, food and drink as well as talks, workshops and live cookery demonstrations, we can look forward to five fun-filled days in the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday weekend.'

At the heart of Bord Bia's Bloom festival will be 22 stunning show gardens which will celebrate the skill and creativity of Ireland's garden designers, landscapers and horticulturalists.

These magnificent spaces have also become an important platform to communicate many of the cultural, economic and social issues of the day.

Fingal County Council and Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB) will create the 'Bee Positive' garden.

This 'Pollinator Friendly' concept garden is particularly targeted at children to increase their understanding of the importance of pollinators and sustaining a diverse range of pollinator insect species for the future.

Fingal Independent