South Dublin gardeners on show at Bloom

by Rebecca Ryan
Veteran show garden designers Oliver and Liat Schurmann from Rathfarnham

The creative talents of south Dublin gardeners will be on show at Bord Bia’s Bloom on the June Bank Holiday weekend. 

The five-day event returns to the Phoenix Park Dublin from May 31 to June 4 and will showcase the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry.

Veteran show garden designers Oliver and Liat Schurmann from Rathfarnham return to Bloom with a roof garden called A Different Outlook which brings a modern office environment as close to nature as possible.

Ruairi O Dulaing, who is chief of parks at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, and Nicola Haines of Tierney Haines have together created a show garden called DLR Fernhill An Exercise in Sustainability, which highlights the challenge for parks to balance protection of the environment with a human need for outside space.

Other Dubliners at this year’s Bloom include Harold’s Cross based garden designer Cornelia Raftery and Inchicore College students who will have a postcard garden.

As previously reported in Dublin Gazette, a local mum’s gardening group made up of four friends from Blackrock, Foxrock and Cabinteely will also be showcasing their postcard garden On the Verge of Greatness.

Other highlights at Bloom will be the Bord Bia Food Village which includes more than 100 Irish food producers.

The Bord Bia Quality Kitchen Stage which will host cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s best loved chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Paul Flynn, Oliver Dunne, Rory O’Connell, JP McMahon and Roz Purcell, Gary O’Hanlon and Adrian Martin.

There is also plenty on offer for the kids including Margaret’s Fun on the Farm Kids Zone; Paddy’s Plot where children can learn how to grow a sunflower; and ‘Away with the Fairies’ which will demonstrate how to make your own fairy garden.

CEO, Bord Bia, Tara McCarthy, said: “This will be the 12th year that Bord Bia has hosted Bloom in the Phoenix Park and we are incredibly proud of how the event has developed and evolved over the years.

“It offers a great day out with something for everyone!”

Tickets are on sale now on Ticketmaster and can also be purchased on the gate. Ticket prices vary from €16 – €25 and children under 16 go free.

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