Yeats garden blooms at Bloom for Lorely
Lorely Forrester from Easkey is celebrating a much coveted success - a gold medal for her garden 'Yeats's Secret Garden in Sligo' at the opening of Bloom 2015.
The garden was part of the 2015 celebration of WB Yeats and is based on his well-known poem 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' and Yeats's love of nature through his poetry.
The medals at Bloom are highly coveted and months of planning go into the design and creation of each one of the gardens. The highly experienced and renowned team of international Bloom judges, led by head judge Andrew Wilson, together with award winning garden designers and the curator of the National Botanic Gardens, spent over two days meticulously observing and deliberating before announcing the much anticipated results this morning.
The judging panel awarded a total of 25 medals to show garden designers including; nine Gold, five Silver Gilt, four Silver and seven Bronze.
Gary Graham, Bloom Show Manager, Bord Bia commented: "Each year we are convinced that the standard of gardens that are produced cannot get any higher but once again the designers have surpassed themselves. The creativity, vision and intricate level of design that they have shown is truly outstanding.
"They are an inspiration to both their peers and the amateur gardeners who come to Bloom each year. On behalf of Bord Bia, I would like to thank and congratulate all of the designers on producing such brilliance again this year."
Also taking home a medal was the Western Plant Nursery Ltd from Skreen who won a silver medal for their floral display. Over 50 nurseries exhibited in the Floral and Nursery Pavilion, which showcases the very best of plant nurseries in Ireland.
In addition, Ann Marie Wright from Sligo won a gold medal for her input into the AOIFA Floral Art Exhibition. This year's Bloom festival, the ninth, is the biggest yet with over 25 stunning show gardens, over 40 displays from Ireland's top nurseries, 125 Irish food and drink producers on site, over 200 retailers, 25 cookery demonstrations, 10 fashion shows planned and 6 stages with plenty of gardening talks, music and lively debate to entertain.