Local designers head to Bloom
Three garden designers from Wicklow will create stunning show gardens as part of this year's Bord Bia Bloom Festival.
Seven Wicklow-based food and drinks producers will also be exhibiting at Bloom, which takes place from May 30 to June 3.
Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby. It has since become Ireland's largest garden event with the added bonus of food, art and music.
Ruaidhri Bashford from Wicklow town, Robert Moore from Kilmacanogue and Tunde Perry from Calary are among the garden designers adding their talents to this year's show gardens.
Ruaidhrí Bashford is an artist, designer, educator and plantsman. A graduate of the School of Horticulture at National Botanic Gardens, he has designed the garden 'Moving Forward - Building My Best Possible Life' for Cheshire Ireland. This garden aims to inspire people to consider the importance of living in a home of one's own, whether that is in a residential setting or in a clustered setting. Cheshire Ireland supports adults with physical and neurological conditions and its ethos is to allow people to live their best possible lives on their own terms.
Robert Moore is a garden designer from Kilmacanogue. He has designed 'Memories are made of this - Dementia: Understand Together Garden' for the HSE. This garden creates a space where people living with dementia can reminisce in a welcoming and supportive way. The memory shed, used in many gardens for storage, becomes a relaxing place that allows visitors to access memories and share them in a comfortable setting.
Bloom regular Tunde Perry has designed the Marie Keating Foundation 'Breath of Life' Garden. This garden tells the story of lung cancer, Ireland's biggest cancer killer, with 2,600 cases diagnosed each year. However, with increased awareness of symptoms and innovative new treatments, the garden also reflects that there is much to be hopeful about.
Bloom's Food Village will be bursting with more than 100 Irish food and drink exhibitors in the Food Market and Bloom Inn with many new companies and new products set to launch at the event. Representing Wicklow will be Janet's Country Farm, Kilcoole; O'Hanlon Herbs, Glenealy; Miena's Handmade Nougat, Castlesalla; 250Kal Foods; Wicklow Brewery, Redcross; and Wicklow Way Wines from Newtownmountkennedy. Leading chefs such as Catherine Fulvio will feature at the popular Bord Bia Quality kitchen stage.
Tickets are on sale now for the family-friendly festival, which attracted over 120,000 visitors last year.