If you’re are looking for something to do this weekend or are in need of some inspiration on how to spruce up you’re garden this summer then why not head along to the Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park. The show, which is on from the 3rd to the 7th of June, is back and bigger than ever this year and will showcase 25 large, medium and small show gardens, which will be complemented by a spectacular floral pavilion featuring 50 displays and the best of Irish plants and flowers! There will be a host of garden celebrities and experts at this years show who will give advice and talks on a range of topics such as horticulture, gardening and floristry – Speakers include… UK TV presenter James Alexander Sinclair; Ireland’s gardening guru Gerry Daly and Shawna Lee Coronado, American author of the critically acclaimed book, Gardening Nude, a guide for living a green lifestyle.
There are a few new items / features to the show this year (and all brought to you by Bord Bia) include
- ‘Sustainable Garden’
- ‘Bring Food to Life’
- ‘Forgotten food skills from Ireland’s past’
If your bring the kids along they’re sure not to be bored any time soon; Imaginosity, the children’s museum based in Sandyford, Co. Dublin, return to this years show with a “Good to Grow”. Daily workshops and classes for children will vary from how to grow your own vegetables to building a bird’s nest. Mini Bloom fans can also enjoy puppet shows, storytelling tents and help create a ‘Scented Garden’. Not only that but Bloom neighbours, Dublin Zoo, will host a number of children’s workshops throughout the weekend and this year visitors will have the opportunity to meet, and feed, a number of farm animals at the mini Bloom farm. As with previous years Bloom is free for children
Whatever you do don’t forgot to pay a visit to the The Food Market which is a key attraction at Bloom. This year there are over 40 artisan food producers who will not only be selling but will also be on hand to provide tastings and give tips on how to prepare tasty dishes using their products. The market will include a huge variety of foods from handmade chocolates, and baked goods to farmhouse cheeses and the finest Irish honey. A host of celebritiy chefs will also be present including; chef Neven Maguire; Darina Allen, Ballymaloe Cookery School; food blogger and author of “Good Mood Food” Donal Skehan and well known TV chef Jenny Bristow.
So, good day all round by all means. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, why not book them online.