Local groups get ready for a Bloom-ing good show

by Rachel Darcy

Two Dublin city groups are getting their green fingers ready to take part in this year’s Bloom Festival in the Phoenix Park.

Members of the Inchicore College of Further Education and the Cabra Community College Education Service will enter bloom as part of the FBD Insurance Postcard Garden series.

Starting today, May 31, and running until June 4, Bloom has become a highlight in the horticultural calendar year on year, with hundreds taking park in the annual festival.

The Postcard Garden scheme allows garden club members to create a showpiece intended to represent their club, their local area, or even a known character or person from their community. They’re small, but perfectly formed – the plots are just 2m x 3m, but pack a punch. 

Themes of the postcard gardens relate to everything from mental health to education and the environment.

The Cabra Community College Adult Education Service group, headed by Deirdre Prince and Aoife Clavin, have named their postcard garden, Grow Your Own Rainbow. It will feature an assortment of edible flowers and vegetables, designed to represent the colours of the rainbow.

Led by Suzanne Rogers and Lorraine Clarke, the Inchicore College of Further Education garden is entitled, Architectural Heritage.

It’s a joint venture between the horticulture students of the college, and the furniture design students. It’s based on the architecture of Inchicore College, and the design focuses on balconies and planter beds.

Medals will be awarded for the Postcard Gardens on the initial opening day of Bloom, which will be presented by Fiona Muldoon from FBD Insurance.

As well as Postcard the Gardens, there will be another of a number of horticultural delights to indulge in.

One of those is the dementia-friendly garden, created as part of the Dementia: Understand Together campaign in collaboration with TrinityHaus, Newtown Saunders and Sonas. The campaign is funded by the HSE and The Atlantic Philanthropies and began in 2015.

Professor Brian Lawlor, chair of the Dementia: Understand Together campaign, said: “Getting out and about is crucial for our health and well-being.

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“It gives us fresh air and daylight, it combines physical exercise with mental stimulation, it provides exposure to the outside world of nature, and it offers a stimulating space to share experiences with family and friends.

“We would encourage everyone to come along with their loved ones and enjoy our garden at Bloom. Together, we can each play our part to make life better for people with dementia.”

Bloom runs in the Phoenix Park this bank holiday weekend, with tickets available now.

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