For the 110,000 people who visited Bord Bia Bloom garden festival in the Phoenix Park last week I have a message for you from Bord Bia.
Bloom – A Message from Bord Bia
Now that we’ve had a chance to catch up following a very busy festival, we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU from all at Bord Bia to the 110,000 visitors who made our return to Bloom such a resounding success! After a three year break, we were overjoyed to see you all and celebrate the best of Irish horticulture, food and drink over five fun-filled days at the festival.
Rehoming the Show Gardens
The show gardens are the jewel in the crown at Bord Bia Bloom, with many taking years to plan and weeks to build on site. But what happens to the gardens when the festival closes? In keeping with the spirit of sustainability and waste reduction at Bord Bia Bloom, many elements of the show gardens will be relocated in the coming weeks and months. Here’s a snapshot of where just some of the gardens are going:
- The Enable Ireland Respite Garden (main picture) will be recreated at the charity’s Rathmore House Respite Centre in Arklow, County Wicklow and will be used as a template for other centres.
- The plants and shrubs from Aldi’s Sustainable For-est Garden will go to Barnardos locations around Dublin.
- All planting and hard elements from The Shared Spaces Family Garden and The Nature Enthusiast’s Garden will be donated to the mental health charity Flourish in County Sligo.
- Elements of Peter McVerry Trust’s Pathways to Home Garden will be recreated at one of the charity’s homeless services in Kildare.
- The Sightsavers Gairdin na Gceadfai Sensory Garden will go to the Central Remedial Clinic’s office in Clontarf, Dublin, an organisation dedicated to the achievements, wellbeing and health of people with physical disabilities.
Bord Bia Bloom in Numbers
Over 110,000 visitors attended Bord Bia Bloom 2022, 3,800 people worked on site over the five action-packed days, 78 awards were presented, and 10,000 plants were sold. Click here to read a brief recap of Bloom in numbers.
People’s Choice Award
You had your say and the winner was announced on the final day of Bloom. Congrats to Sean O’Malley and Oisín Griffin whose Pathways to Home show garden for the Peter McVerry Trust won the People’s Choice Award this year. Thanks to all who voted.
Bord Bia Bloom Next Year
While the team are still on site clearing the park this week, planning is now well advanced for Bord Bia Bloom 2023. We’ll be back from Thursday, 1 June – Monday, 5 June and hope to see you there.