Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s Bloom manager, had help from Sophie Bracken and Lauren Keane to launch this year’s festival . Picture: Picture: Colm Mahady/Fennells

WHETHER you’re a gardening guru, a have-a-go horticulturalist or a floral follower, there’s only one place to be this upcoming bank holiday weekend – Bloom 2017.

Organisers have carefully cultivated the seeds of success since Bloom’s humble origins in 2007, with the Bord Bia celebration of all that is good and green (and every other colour under the rainbow) quickly growing to become one of the city’s, and country’s, best-loved festivals.

This year’s event looks set to be the best yet, with a dizzying range of events, showcases, demonstrations, activities – and, of course, a vast range of gorgeous gardens and perfect plants – to take in from Thursday, June 1 to Bank Holiday Monday, June 5.

Visitors at the sprawling festival will certainly have plenty to root out, with many people expected to make a beeline straight over to Bloom’s most popular attraction: the show gardens.

Described as the heart and soul of Bloom, the gardens will once again showcase an inspiring range of gardens from some of the country’s top designers, while up-and-coming students, as well as organisations and charities close to the public’s heart, have also created some superb sights.

While every garden will have its fan, some of the many show garden highlights include a fun Despicable Me 3 garden (by Brid Conroy), which younger visitors will particularly enjoy; the Oxfam Goal Garden (by Niall Maxwell), promoting tolerance in a fractious world; and My Land Your Land – Ireland (by Tunde Szentesi), which tells the story of Irish agriculture and food from farm to fork.

However, away from the show gardens, Bloom has more than enough other attractions for all the family, with several themed zones to explore.

Whether you’re looking for exotic plants, the perfect garden accessories (or even just a nice bunch of flowers to give to The Mammy traipsing around with you) Bloom’s organisers have brought together many of the city and country’s top retailers, specialists and garden centres to meet any need.

And with Bloom aimed at all ages, kids will have plenty to keep themselves busy too, with everything from craft zones to friendly animals to meet.

After taking in everything from the gardens to the stalls to the Victorian walled garden, gardened-out visitors will be more than happy to plant themselves in the Bord Bia food village.

Here, a vast range of produce providers will have enough food and drink to sate any appetite.

Away from this village, foodies will once again be treated to several demonstrations from top chefs, while there will even be live fashion shows twice daily, as well as roaming entertainers and live music, with RTE once again broadcasting from the site.

With so much to see and do, Bloom promises to a pretty tree-mendous festival! For the full list of Bloom’s events, prices and further information, see http://bloominthepark.com.

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