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Local designer Andrew Christopher Dunne, pictured in the Sustainable Seafood Garden, Gold Medal Winner and Overall Show Garden Winner at Bord Bia's Bloom in 2018. Photo: Johnny Bambury / Fennell Photography.

Local designer Andrew Christopher Dunne, pictured in the Sustainable Seafood Garden, Gold Medal Winner and Overall Show Garden Winner at Bord Bia's Bloom in 2018. Photo: Johnny Bambury / Fennell Photography.

Tullyallen entrepreneurs Conor Grimes and Jayne Gavin of Spoonful Botanicals will display at Bloom this year.

Tullyallen entrepreneurs Conor Grimes and Jayne Gavin of Spoonful Botanicals will display at Bloom this year.

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Local designer Andrew Christopher Dunne, pictured in the Sustainable Seafood Garden, Gold Medal Winner and Overall Show Garden Winner at Bord Bia's Bloom in 2018. Photo: Johnny Bambury / Fennell Photography.

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Five exhibitors spanning showgarden designers, plant nurseries to food and drinks will be flying the flag for Co Louth as Bord Bia Bloom returns for a bumper year.

Former winner Andrew Christopher Dunne from Clogherhead is back with a stunning new garden design, while in the food village, East Coast Bakehouse from Drogheda returns with its range of baked biscuits, Oriel Sea Salt also from Clogherhead, will be there with the only sea salt globally that is harvested through a sealed pressurised system which retains its quality and flavour and Spoonful Botanical from Tullyallen Village is a producer of a delicious fermented fruit and spices condiment.

North Louth is also in the mix with Fleur Studio from Dundalk offering local sustainable flowers and will feature in this year’s Nursery Village.

Bloom is Ireland’s largest floral, food and family festival and will be held on Bank Holiday Weekend Thursday June 2nd to Monday June 6th.

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 The celebrated outdoor festival, now in its sixteenth year, will be held in-person following two successful virtual #BloomAtHome events.

This year 19 stunning show gardens will form the centrepiece of Bord Bia Bloom, and  Clogherhead’s own Andrew Dunne- who has won the Overall Gardne award on numerous occasions, will be back with ‘Hit Pause’, sponsored by Caragh Nurseries.

‘Hit Pause’ is inspired by an appreciation for our gardens and outdoor spaces, which many of us discovered during the past two difficult years.,” explains Andrew. “As we were forced to hit pause on our lives, it awakened a creativity within us and a passion for all things outdoors. This garden hopes to encourage this new-found enthusiasm by demonstrating some of the key principles of good design which can be employed to enhance any space. It showcases principles such as simplicity of palette, repetition, and the use of colour, form, and texture”.

Bord Bia has created a new outdoor Nursery Village where visitors can meet, seek advice and buy plants from some of the very best plant nurseries in Ireland. As always, the Food Village is set to be a hive of activity with more than 80 food and drink producers showcasing the best of Irish produce; from chocolate to smoked salmon, cheese to beetroot juice, artisan sausages, fresh vegetables and meats, coffee and jams – it will be a feast for the senses!

“Bord Bia is delighted to return to the Phoenix Park for our annual showcase of the best of Irish gardening, horticulture, food and drink,” said Tara McCarthy, Bord Bia CEO. “It’s great to once again bring together the many talented people who are a part of Bord Bia Bloom, from garden designers and growers; to food producers, conservationists, chefs, musicians and artists”.

Bord Bia is advising people planning to attend to book tickets in advance to avoid potential disappointment on the day, as ticket numbers are being capped for this year’s festival. This new measure is one of several in place this year to ensure a relaxed, safe environment for entrants following on from Covid-19 restrictions. This year, two children under 16 go free with every adult ticket purchased. Visit bordbiabloom.com to book tickets today. 

 To stay up to date with #BordBiaBloom2022 news, sign up to the Bloom Ezine at bordbiabloom.com and follow us on social media – @BordBiaBloom on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 


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