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Bloom 2016 Kicks Off In Phoenix Park

Bord Bia’s 10th annual Bloom festival has been officially opened by President Michael D. Higgins at Dublin’s Phoenix Park today (2 June).

The five-day event is set to celebrate Irish food, horticulture and gardening by offering plant lovers, gastronomes, farmers and families more to smell, see, touch and taste than ever before.

This year’s show features 23 show gardens, more than 100 Irish food and drink producers, 200 retailers and 50 of Ireland’s top nurseries, all providing gardening tips, food, drinks, and much more to the more than 100,000 visitors expected.

Speaking ahead of opening day, Bloom manager, Gary Graham, said, “As Bord Bia’s flagship horticulture and food event, Bloom provides us with the ultimate platform to showcase some of Ireland’s most talented garden designers, horticulturists and food and drink producers.

"There is no other event in the country that you will find all these incredibly talented people on the one site for five days and so readily accessible to the public."

Bloom 2016’s medal winners have also been announced today, with Overall Large Garden category award going to Alan Rudden from Westmanstown, Co. Dublin for his Chilean-inspired 'Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden'.

James Purdy from Belfast won both the Overall Medium Garden category and Best Plant Design Award for his ‘Podscape Garden’, while Oliver and Liat Schurmann won the Overall Small Garden category for ‘The Designer’s Back Yard’.

© 2016 - Checkout Magazine by Jenny Whelan.

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