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Garden News: Bloom 2014 – Overview

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This is a pretty long article so ye might wanna grab a cuppa andor scroll through the headlines to the category you want. Either or, it is every bit of information you’ll need abouth the big gig and a bit of detail to go with.

From the behind the scenes to food, to childrens entertainment. And from garden related talks and featured stands to pretty much anything else including ticket prices.

Of note: The Sodshow has 5 pairs of tickets to give away over the next few days so keep your eye on the sodshow facebook and twitter page and we will also have Gary Graham on Irelands Best Podcast this Friday and next in a two part special.

Listen to The SodShow:

Buy tickets and further info: Bloom In The Park 2014

Background to Bloom
Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for amenity horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby.  Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays at its core which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design and ultimately to drive the sales of Irish-grown plants. OPW’s support and provision of 70 acres at the heart of the Phoenix Park has assisted Bord Bia in developing a show with a greater diversity of content than traditional garden shows. Bord Bia’s wider remit across food, drink and edible horticulture has enabled the development a consumer show that engages the public with artisan and Bord Bia Quality Assured food, meeting and learning from Ireland’s top chefs and cooks, tasting indigenous brewing and distilling, learning more about and experiencing Irish fruit, vegetables and potato production.

Overview of show gardens
Bloom will be taking place over a five day period from Thursday, 29th May until Monday, 2nd June. The show opens daily from 9am to 6pm. Although the gardening season has been well and truly underway since Easter, the timing provides an increased possibility of favourable weather conditions and will attract more fair weather and novice gardeners to the event.

The show garden area is extending every year, with an extra space for concept gardens and post card gardens, designed by the country’s most talented designers. Experienced designers such as Tim Austen, Paul Doyle, Elma Fenton and Fiann O Nualláin, will be joined by some new Bloom designers, our first sculpture garden and an extended area for Postcard Gardens. Organisations such as Barrettstown, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, The Samaritans, Jack & Jill Foundation, Limerick City of Culture, Dublin City Council and Fingal Council have teamed up with garden designers to create gardens with powerful messages around social and cultural issues.

Bloom 2014 will showcase 30 exquisite show gardens from the very best of Irish landscape gardeners and designers. Amongst the large, medium, small gardens and concept gardens will be an assortment of design styles and budget points. There will be examples of what can be achieved with a limited budget and gardens which reflect some of the issues facing gardeners today and the new approach to horticulture, ecology and sustainability in garden design.

For the second time, Bloom will host a number of Postcard gardens designed and constructed by passionate amateur gardeners. These provide an opportunity for garden clubs and societies to demonstrate their abilities and to inspire other non-professional gardeners to experience the joys and benefits of gardening

Bloom Facts and Figures
This year’s show will incorporate 30 show gardens, over 100 Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, more than 25 cookery demonstrations and almost 200 retailers, all within a 70 acre site.
· Trackway – 3.6 Kilometres
· Walkway – 1 Kilometre
· Marquees Covered space – 12,697Sq. Metres, 3.12 Acres
· Numbers of people involved in building the show? 600/700 (incl. exhibitors)
· Days worked on site in preparation – 31 days from start of Build up to Show
· Fencing – 1,700 metres 1.7Km
· 4 Bridges
· 4 Stages
· 675 crowd control barriers

Food & Drink at Bloom

Food at Bloom
There will be a wide range of food available at Bloom from dining in Bistro Bloom’s restaurant, café or seafood bar to our new Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour to enjoying a variety of offers in the picnic/outdoor entertainment area, numerous pit stops for coffee and tasty treats dotted throughout the event to selecting from the best of Irish artisan food and handcrafted beers and spirits in the Food Village.

New Restaurant – The Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour
The Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour is a new addition to Bloom this year and is a unique restaurant which we are very proud to present. In an informal and relaxed atmosphere, it will offer freshly prepared dishes using ingredients grown at Donnelly’s Farms including deli salads, handmade dressings, roasted vegetables.
Showcasing superb locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, and salads, in delicious meals to tempt every taste, the Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour is sure to delight and excite every visitor. Open all day the new restaurant will offer freshly prepared dishes using the finest ingredients grown with care by us at our Farms in Lusk, North County Dublin, as well from our network of superior Irish and International growers.

To this day at Donnelly we have stayed true to what is important to us and to what our name stands for… tasty fresh fruit, vegetables, and salads, every day. Our passion for sourcing fresh in-season produce goes right back to when Anthony Donnelly started the business in 1979. We select only the finest quality produce and ingredients, and this year the Donnelly Fresh Food Parlour will provide visitors to Bloom the space to relax and enjoy our creations and taste some of our great tasting deli salads with our own handmade dressings, unusual grains, roasted veggies, and toasted nuts and seeds, all in a comfortable setting.

See more at www.donnelly.ie, and join the conversation on Twitter @DonnellyFandVeg and Facebook.com/DonnellyFreshFoods. Watch out for the daily specials.

Bistro Bloom
The Bistro contains 3 distinct catering choices:
· The Café at Bistro Bloom offers self service family friendly catering throughout the day from early morning breakfast offers through lunchtime specials to afternoon tea.
· The Restaurant offers more formal, though relaxed, daytime dining with a water service bistro environment. The menu will feature classic dishes characterised by the finest ingredients. To ensure your table pre-bookings can be made at 01 2602632.
· The Seafood Bar features platters of the best of Irish seafood.

Artisan Catering
Artisan Catering at Bloom has an exciting menu for Bloom visitors this year.  There’s something for everyone.  Perfect at any time of the day, the delights include roast suckling pork from Adare Farm, marinated Hereford beef on ciabatta with carmelised onions, leaves and dressing from Country Choice on Tour, pork terrine and black pudding rolls, smoked corned beef sandwiches and slow cooked pork ribs from ‘Three Men in a Trailer’ and desserts, cheesecakes, and lemonade from Glenilen Farm, and strawberries and cream and fruit smoothies from Greenhill Fruit Farm.  We also have crepes using artisan ingredients from Crepes in the City. Enjoy a coffee from our specialist coffee brewers and sample the range of drinks from artisan micro breweries and distilleries in the Bloom Inn. This is Artisan Street Food at its best!  The Artisan Catering area is in the Food Village with lots of seating for Bloom visitors to sit and enjoy.

1. Greenhill Fruit Farm
2. Three Men in a Trailer
3. Crepes in the City
4. Glenilen Farm
5. Adare Farm
6. Country Choice on Tour
7. Clanwood Organic Farm

Outdoor Catering
There will be a variety of catering in the open areas throughout the venue featuring regular favourites located close to all the main features at Bloom. In the Picnic lawn/outdoor stage area visitors can choose from, Wood Fired Pizzas, The Real Irish Burger Co and fish and vegetarian dishes as well as hot and cold drinks, ice creams, strawberries and cream. In the show garden area there will again be a range of options available.

Quality Kitchen Stage
The Quality Kitchen stage is a major attraction in the Food Village on which there will be a number of cookery demonstrations each day by a host of well-known Chefs including Neven Maguire and Catherine Fulvio who will demonstrate a range of new recipes made from Bord Bia Quality Assured products and the best of local ingredients. Well know TV personality Ella McSweeney will act as MC on the stage and introduce the visitors to some of our top producers who will explain how the best of Irish ingredients are produced on the farm and provide the basis for our well-deserved food reputation at both home and abroad. There will be daily competitions at the chefs stage – call by early each day to be in with a chance to win. There will be five/six demonstrations each day – we have included an extra slot on Friday 30th May to include Kevin Dundon. The first demonstration each day will being at 10.30am and the last at 4.15pm. Chefs taking part include:
· Edward Hayden, TV Chef and Food Writer
· Neven Maguire
· Maire Dufficy, Bord Bia Food Advisor
· Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia Food Advisor
· Vanessa Greenwood, Cooks Academy
· Hazel McFadden, The Kitchen at the Castle Cookery School
· Donal Skehan
· Kevin Dundon
· Lynda Booth, Lynda Booth’s Dublin Cookery School
· Catherine Fulvio
· Fiona Uyema, Japanese Cookery Teacher and Food Blogger
· Brian McDermott, The Community Chef, Donegal

Quality Kitchen at Bloom

Thursday, 29th May 2014
10.30-11.15 Edward Hayden, TV Chef and Food Writer
11.45-12.45 Neven Maguire, MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
1.15-2.15 Maire Dufficy, Bord Bia Food Advisor
2.45-3.45 Vanessa Greenwood, Cooks Academy Cookery School, Dublin 2
4.15-5.00 Maire Dufficy, Bord Bia Food Advisor
Friday, 30th May 2014
10.30-11.15 Hazel McFadden, The Kitchen at the Castle, Howth, Co. Dublin
11.45-12.30 Maire Dufficy, Bord Bia Food Advisor
1.00-1.45 Neven Maguire, MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
2.15-3.00 Donal Skehan, Food Writer and TV Presenter
3.30-4.15 Kevin Dundon, Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Co. Wexford
4.45-5.30 Maire Dufficy, Bord Bia Food Advisor
Saturday, 31st May 2014
10.30-11.15 Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia Food Advisor
11.45-12.45 Neven Maguire, MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
1.15-2.15 Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia Food Advisor
2.45-3.45 Donal Skehan, Food Writer and TV Presenter
4.15-5.00 Lynda Booth, Lynda Booth’s Dublin Cookery School, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Sunday, 1st June 2014
10.30-11.15 Catherine Fulvio, Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow
11.45-12.45 Neven Maguire, MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
1.15-2.15 The Great Lamb Cookoff with Neven Maguire and Catherine Fulvio
2.45-3.45 Catherine Fulvio, Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, Glenealy, Co. Wicklow
4.15-5.00 Fiona Uyema, Japanese Cookery Teacher and Food Blogger
Monday, 2nd June 2014
10.30-11.15 Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia Food Advisor
11.45-12.45 Neven Maguire, MacNean House and Restaurant, Blacklion, Co. Cavan
1.15-2.15 Brian McDermott, The Community Chef, Donegal
2.45-3.45 Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia Food Advisor
4.15-5.00 Brian McDermott, The Community Chef, Donegal
Irish Cheese Awards
The Irish Cheese Awards 2014 will take place at Bloom this year. The Irish Cheese Awards are now in their fifth year and is the only competition dedicated entirely to Irish cheese.  The awards have 17 classes – new this year is an individual class, cheese for children.

The Irish Cheese Awards will have a dedicated enclosed space within the Food Village at Bloom which will feature competition judging, a display area for the cheese award entries, and a CAIS stand. Judging will take place at the show on Thursday, 29th May with the presentation of awards on Friday afternoon at 2pm.  As with last year, the Sheila Broderick Memorial National Farmhouse Cheese Competition, will be part of Irish cheese Awards and presented as Supreme Champion.

Artisan Market – Overview
The Artisan Food Market is an established feature at Bloom and with 60 producers onsite, it is a true showcase for the finest artisan foods Ireland has to offer. The market stalls are run by the producers themselves which provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand about the products on offer and how best to prepare them. Finally the Meat & Fish Market will display and retail a range of top quality locally produced meat and fish products

Meat, Poultry and Fish Market
The Meat, Poultry and Fish Market will display and retail a range of top quality locally produced meat and fish products. These will include Bord Bia Quality Assured beef, lamb, pork, poultry as well as fish products. Visitors will be able to engage with the local producers and learn how the food is produced and prepared to get the best results.

Bloom Inn
The Bloom Inn has always proven to be a popular pitstop within the Food Village! Visitors should call by to meet individual brewers and sample a wide range of local craft beers, ales and stouts.  You will also have the opportunity to taste and purchase a range of Irish beverages and cocktails that will compliment products on sale in the nearby food markets.

Participants include:
· Trouble Brewing
· Stonewell Cider
· Dingle Brewing Company
· White Gypsy Brewery
· Dungarvan Brewing Company
· Metalman Brewing
· Coomara Irish Spirits
· Teeling Whiskey Company
· Brú Brewery
· Rye River Brewing Company
· Kinnegar Brewing
· Carlow Brewing Company
· Eight Degrees Brewing
· Porterhouse Brewing Company

Love Irish Food

Love Irish Food is once again delighted to be associated with Bloom in 2014. In excess of 26,000 people visited, sampled and purchased from an array of food and drink companies at the Love Irish Food marquee last year.  In 2014, we will have a wonderful mix of companies exhibiting, half of which will be new to Bloom this year. Love Irish Food will be there to represent the association’s 30,000 member employees. We look forward to meeting you there in the Food Village, in even greater numbers over the five days 29th May to 2nd June.

Bloom Features

Floral & Nursery Pavilion
This year’s Floral and Nursery Marquee will showcase the very best of floral nurseries in Ireland. The marquee will be brimming over with a wonderful selection of floral delights and plants and flowers for sale.  Large displays from over 45 of our top nurseries and florists will delight and inspire you with the scents and delights of summer. The AOIFA Floral Art Stage will again feature at this year’s show, giving visitors advice and demonstrations on the techniques and artistry required to achieve a perfect floral display.  This area will also be home to over 50 exhibits from some of our top floral artists from all around the country.

All your gardening requirements will be fulfilled under one roof. Maybe a change of career is what you are after? Come and talk to our educators who may just have the course for you.  This year’s Floral Marquee offers something for everybody from growing your own to that special plant you have been searching for.

The Garden Expert Stage sponsored by Woodies will provide a comprehensive range of expert advice from leading experts in horticulture, gardening and floristry. Speakers will include Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine, Michael Kelly, GIY and Woodie’s experts .

Woodie’s GARDEN EXPERT STAGE

Thursday, 29th May
PRESENTED BY TITLE
09.30 – 10.00 Rachel Vogan, The Happy Gardener Kiwiana – A Taste of NZ Plant, People and Gardens
10.30 – 11.00 Paddy Gleeson, Woodie’s Horticultural and Gardening Expert The Magic of Perennials in the Garden
11.30 – 12.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
12.30 – 13.00 Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine Gardening Made Better and Easier
13.30 – 14.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
14.30 – 15.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
15.30 – 16.00 Hosted by Michael Kelly from GIY A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Food
Friday, 30th May
PRESENTED BY TITLE
10.30 – 11.00 Hosted by Michael Kelly from GIY A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Food
11.30 – 12.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
12.30 – 13.00 Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine Practical Aspects of Garden Design
13.30 – 14.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
14.30 – 15.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
15.30 – 16.00 Paddy Gleeson, Woodie’s Horticultural and Gardening Expert The Magic of Perennials in the Garden
Saturday, 31st May
PRESENTED BY TITLE
10.30 – 11.00 Woodies Expert Panel with Paddy Gleeson and GIY Special Guest Q & A Session
11.30 – 12.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
12.30 – 13.00 Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine Gardening Made Better and Easier
13.30 – 14.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
14.30 – 15.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
15.30 – 16.00 Paddy Gleeson, Woodie’s Horticultural and Gardening Expert The magic of Perennials in the Garden
16.30 – 17.00 Hosted by Michael Kelly from GIY A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Food
Sunday, 1st June
PRESENTED BY TITLE
10.30 – 11.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
11.30 – 12.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
12.30 – 13.00 Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine Practical Aspects of Garden Design
13.30 – 14.00 Paddy Gleeson, Woodie’s Horticultural and Gardening Expert The magic of Perennials in the Garden
14.30 – 15.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
15.30 – 16.00 Woodies Expert Panel with Paddy Gleeson and GIY Special Guest Q & A Session
16.30 – 17.00 Hosted by Michael Kelly from GIY A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Food
Monday, 2nd June
PRESENTED BY TITLE
10.30 – 11.00 Paddy Gleeson, Woodie’s Horticultural and Gardening Expert The Magic of Perennials in the Garden
11.30 – 12.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
12.30 – 13.00 Gerry Daly, Irish Garden Magazine Gardening Made Better and Easier
13.30 – 14.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
14.30 – 15.00 Mark and Lorraine from Woodie’s Woodie’s DIY & Gardening Demos
15.30 – 16.00 Hosted by Michael Kelly from GIY A Beginners Guide to Growing Your Own Food
NB: The above schedule & times are correct at time of print but maybe subject to change
New Plant Village
New for Bloom 2014, the Plant Village has been designed to inspire visitors to use plants to their best advantage.  Each of the 5 participating exhibitors has designed a horticultural plant vignette which is professionally judged by our top experts. Their display sits alongside their retail area and it used to showcase new and/or beautiful plants in an aesthetically pleasing fashion.  Plants form the basis of good garden design and Bord Bia’s primary role with regard to ornamental horticulture is to stimulate the sales of Irish-grown plants. The Plant Village should assist visitors to Bloom to “create the look” in their own gardens using ideas and inspiration from our creative horticulturists.

Entertainment / Picnic Area
The picnic area at Bloom is the perfect space to take some time out, relax and be entertained, in between making your way around the many other attractions at Bloom. This year, entertainment at Bloom will take a stylish turn, with the main stage in the picnic area showcasing a catwalk of the latest fashion trends. Fashion shows will alternate with music at regular intervals throughout the day.  Go to www.bloominthepark.com  for line-up updates.

The Best in Season Fruit & Vegetable Market will display and retail top quality locally grown fruit, vegetables and potatoes. The timing of Bloom coincides with the time of year, when a full range of locally grown produce is just coming ‘into season’ and is increasingly available throughout the country. Bloom allows visitors to engage with local Irish producers and pick up some tips on how to cook and use, the best tasting fresh produce available throughout the Irish fruit, vegetable and potato season.

The ‘Horticulture for Health and Wellness’ exhibit located beside the fruit and vegetable market will demonstrate to the public, how important horticultural produce is, in a very practical way, to health and wellness in our everyday lives. The feature will be an integrated promotion focused around plantings of common vegetables, fruits and potato types; with food preparation demonstrations and information on the fresh produce we consume and enjoy in Ireland, taking place in Association with the Restaurant Association of Ireland.  In 2014, a particular focus will be put on the benefits of mushrooms, herbs and potatoes. Fresh produce will be presented as a nutritionally superior food type in the diet, with huge benefits for human health and wellbeing. The benefits of local sourcing and answers to ‘Grow it Yourself’ questions will be explained by Teagasc advisory and research staff as part of this exhibit.

The Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are sponsoring an Organic School Garden at Bloom, which will be located near a number of other GIY related features that are exhibiting at Bloom. The garden itself is designed and put together by SEED, a federation of centres of organic education, based in many locations around Ireland. Organic experts from around Ireland will be on hand to discuss all aspects of creating an organic school garden with the public and/or the many teachers that visit Bloom.

Organic Farming and Food Promotional Feature
In 2014 a new feature is being sponsored by the Organic Unit of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, which will focus on explaining the broad benefits of organic farming and food to the public. The feature will be located in a ‘yurt’ style marquee adjacent to the organic school garden. This feature will highlight to the public the existence of the EU-wide ‘organic logo’ that is found on all certified organic foods on sale in EU countries. A display of a range of Irish produced organic foods will also be made as part of this feature.

Bloom Farmyard
There will be a display of farm animals within the Food Village at Bloom, which is being organised by Bord Bia in conjunction with Agri Aware. Bloom Farmyard will feature a dairy cow, a beef heifer, calves, sheep, lambs, pigs and chickens. There will be numerous activities taking place throughout the day, including a sheep shearing demonstration, milking the dairy cow and feeding the young animals. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk to Irish farmers. Several producers have agreed to talk about their own farming activities, how quality Irish food is produced, the importance of agriculture to the Irish economy and the environment.

Botanical & Floral Art in Bloom Exhibition
The enthralling and compelling world of Botanical & Floral Art will once again be the focus of this feature at Bloom 2014.   The exhibition will take place from Thursday, 29th May to Monday, 2nd June at the Visitor’s Centre in the Phoenix Park. Between 30 and 50 original pieces using watercolour, gouache, ink, drawing or fine art print will be on display and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a piece of botanical art during the exhibition.  Make sure to drop by to experience this very popular feature during your visit to the show.

Craft Council of Ireland
The Irish Craft Village has been a vibrant element of Bloom since moving to its outdoor location in 2011. Situated at the heart of the show, the Irish Craft Village offers visitors a chance to see an exciting selection of work from some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers.

Craft demonstrations take place throughout the event giving visitors a chance to experience the magic of seeing a skilled craftsperson transform raw materials into a finished object before their eyes.

These demonstrations have proven very popular in the previous years, with huge numbers flocking to see contemporary artisans at work. The Irish Artists Blacksmiths Association has had sparks flying as they forge large and small scale pieces. Members of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild working at their lathes has been a must see for adults and children alike. Few could resist the colourful displays from Feltmakers Ireland and the Irish Patchwork Society.

Bloom will see a selection of over 20 craft and design exhibitors with a wide variety of stunning products for sale – from wall art to ceramics, candles to clothing, and jewellery to leather. Every product on display has been Imagined, Designed and Made in Ireland and selected especially for Bloom 2014.

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland has worked closely with the show organisers craft guilds and the individual craft makers to provide visitors with a craft experience to remember.

For further information on what is happening in craft throughout the country, visit www.craftinireland.com. For more information on the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, visit www.dccoi.ie

The Strawberry Way, Keelings
This year Keelings, the 100% Irish family owned company and experts in fresh produce, will be bringing a 20m growing tunnel to Bloom. Visitors will be given the opportunity to see how fruit is grown on the Keelings Farms, with Keelings growers on hand to offer tips and answer questions on how to grow at home. There’ll be a huge range of Keelings produce on display including strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, currants, lettuce and lilies. Visitors will be treated to free samples of Keelings Irish strawberries and will be given the chance to get their hands dirty in the “Love to Grow” planting section within the tunnel.

Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden (in association with the OPW)
Bloom visitors can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden, located in the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre – the centre point of the Bloom event. This year we will have the Phoenix Park Guides & Gardeners in the Marquee in the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. In recent years there has been significant growth in the Grow Your Own phenomena and increased public interest in kitchen gardens. The ‘walled garden’, as a source of fruit, vegetables and cut flowers, was an essential part of every well run estate. The Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden was originally part of the Under Secretary’s Demesne and later the Papal Nuncios residence, and was used to supply fresh fruit and vegetables to these residences.

Restoration of the walled garden to its original layout has recently been undertaken by the OPW Historic Parks & Gardens staff. The garden contains formal box parterre; lavender hedges; fruit vegetable and cut flower displays and trained fruit trees and colourful summer displays, including sweet pea. A double row herbaceous border runs the entire length of the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden and gives a fabulous display of plant combinations. The garden inspires, and provides an opportunity for the public to learn about the design and layout of a Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden as well as the growing of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Well worth a look!

Calling all Budding Gardeners – on the second Saturday of every month the public are invited to meet the Phoenix Park gardeners at 10.30a.m. for a 2 hour gardening class, in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

Conservation Area
An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland
With 4 to 6 knowledgeable members at it Bloom tippee, An Taisce will convey information on key environmental topics (particularly on climate change, habitats, and biodiversity) through written materials and in conversation with attendees.

Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations
The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations will have a marquee in the Conservation Zone. Beekeepers will be in the marquee to show an observation hive, talk about what bees do for gardens, and describe what beekeeping involves and how you can get started in this wonderful craft. With unpredictable rainfall, as in last winter, it can be difficult to keep gardens at their best – why not at least be sure that they are well pollinated by making bees part of yours?

Irish Wildlife Trust
The Irish Wildlife Trust’s outdoor marquees will be exciting places to visit where you can come face to face with live Newts they are one of our native amphibians, find out about all the different creatures that inhabit ponds. Look at our selection of skulls and antlers and learn about who these creatures once were! You can also have your face painted to look like your favourite animal. How about making a Super Bug, create your own bug that has super powers, let your imagination run wild!

The Native Woodland Trust
Our main marquee will have an Irish butterfly display, taxidermy items such as a badger, woodpecker, jay, fox, bear skull and a wolf skull. We will also have microscopes with interesting items in them. We will have some potted trees and people can take one home. We will tell people about the work we do and how they can become involved as well as offering our memberships at a discount of €20 (normally €35). In the second tent, we will be doing face painting, painting bird houses and art and crafts. This was very popular last year especially the bird.

Every Can Counts
Every Can Counts is our national awareness campaign about can recycling ‘on the go’ – this means anywhere where people are out and about and have cans for recycling. Every Can Counts provides materials and information on how to get your own can recycling programme started at Work, At School or in your Community- see how can recycling can benefit your organisation environmentally and economically. Every Can Counts will provide a workshop onsite on can re-use, providing cans and compost for seed planting as well as providing information on our national ‘on the go’ recycling programme.

BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland.  A registered charity, its aim is the conservation of wild birds and their natural habitats.  Established in 1968, it has over 15,000 members and a network of 30 local branches.  It manages nature reserves which protect threatened habitats and the wildlife that relies on them, works to conserve Ireland’s biodiversity, produces a range of publications to raise wider awareness of nature conservation in Ireland, and carries out important education, survey and research work.  By joining BirdWatch Ireland as a member, you can help it continue to protect birds and biodiversity. BirdWatch Ireland will once again be running its popular bird and wildlife-themed family activities at its marquee in the conservation area. A whole host of free games and fun, child-friendly conservation activities will be taking place, and experts will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you more about Ireland’s remarkable birdlife. You can also pick up a fantastic free ‘’Ireland’s Garden Birds’’ poster, and you also join BirdWatch Ireland as a member and receive a very special welcome pack and gift that every gardener will love.

Children’s Zone – Budding Bloomers
Bloom has always been popular with children, and this year will be no exception! ‘Budding Bloomers’, as the children’s area is called, has a vibrant mixture of features to keep children entertained and active, from toddlers to fifth classers. We want children to play, learn and grow at Bloom!

The area will have a dedicated Children’s Stage which will feature Irish Dancing, top magician Billy Bubbles, with his laugh out loud show full of magic on at regular intervals, and don’t miss Scientific Sue as she takes you on a zany journey of scientific discovery. Find out how we use exploding vegetables to power our cars, see magical colour changes, vats of slime, and disappearing water demonstrations. You won’t have to wait longer than 45 minutes to see either Billy Bubbles or Scientific Sue onstage.

The Food Dudes stand is a firm favourite with Budding Bloomer visitors , featuring the usual mix of interactive activities for children, all with the overall aim of encouraging them to get their five a day. The Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme is an award winning programme developed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards. Children will be able to play fun games with the opportunity to win prizes, there is a writing wall and it’s all done around the theme of helping children to get their 5-a-day.

ClapHandies are back again and will provide a “Baby and Toddler chill zone” for babies to four years of age. ClapHandies provides unique parenting programmes and engaging “education through play” programmes for young families, running over 60 classes each week throughout Dublin. They will be offering storytime and songtime rotating every 30 minutes, toddler crafts, a baby sensory zone which will be ideal for the younger baby to take a break and stretch their legs, and toddler ball play. Each stage of early childhood will be catered for separately, which creates a safe environment for children to play undisturbed by older children.

A new addition this year is the garden activity area. Here children will be able to plant and water flowers in a general planting area. There will also be classes where children decorate their own cardboard plant pots and then plant a flower and take it home. It’s an environmentally friendly pot plant made from natural recyclable materials, and you’ll be amazed at how long it lasts in your garden! You can make one your own with your children at home when you see how easy it is to do.

Children’s Books Ireland’s Book Clinic will have their own area for providing guidance about books to children and their families. Experts in the area of children’s books are presented as Book Doctors
(complete with lab coats, prescription pads and an official stamp) and, based on an informal chat
with children or parents who need guidance, are tasked with recommending excellent books, with books on hand for an instant filling of the prescription!

Also at Budding Bloomers will be the Carton Man a huggable, fun cartoon character who appears with his trusty green bin, to remind consumers that packaging can be easily recycled in the home. He’ll be accompanied by a small team ‘Tree’ shaped signs with the words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Carton Man will have little Frisbees to give out to children.

For the first time at Bloom, children get the chance to have hands-on fun playing with farm toys at Fun on the Farm in the Children’s Zone. From loading up trailers, trying out diggers and scooping up with tractors in the sand pit, to maneuvering around a cool life-like model farm display, there’s a whole range of great Bruder, Rolly and Siku farm toys for children of all ages to enjoy. These scaled models are so realistic; they are just like the real thing, complete with all of the original details. Children will have great fun testing the toys out and learning the differences between John Deere, Massey Ferguson and New Holland tractors at this farm-inspired stand. Complete with exclusive offers on Siku and Bruder toys, a great competition to win a family weekend away and free giveaways… it’s all happening at Fun on the Farm!

STAGE ENTERTAINMENT

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday
Time 29 May 2014 30 May 2014 31 May 2014 01 June 2014 02 June 2014
10:30 Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles
11:15 Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue
12:00 Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles
12:45 Irish Dancing Irish Dancing
13:30
14:15 Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles
15:00 Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue
15:45 Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles Billy Bubbles
16:30 Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue Scientific Sue
Fashion
The Weekend Style Stage at Bloom will feature three fashion show features daily for the five days of the show. Hosted by style guru Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent, the Style Stage will feature top models from 1st Option model agency and special guests including contributors from Weekend magazine styled for a ‘catwalk’ appearance at Bloom. Themed Floral and Botanical, there will be everything from outfits for glam summer wedding and holiday essentials to clothes to pull weeds in! Held on the main entertainment stage at Bloom Head to Hoe will dazzle and delight!

BLOOM FRINGE 2014
What is Bloom Fringe about?
Presenting Dublin City as a green, growing and activated city is the concept Bloom Fringe 2014 wants to use. The Bloom Fringe 2014 festival is an ‘on the edge’ event which is across the capital and its main focus is to highlight Dublin’s passion as a collaborative, creative and bio- diverse and green city, centred around the vibrant growing communities GARDENS with OFFSHOOT events held at the many interesting and innovative shops, café’s, galleries and free event locations which promote sustainability, green infrastructure and community involvement.

It is a social project to raise awareness of grass roots, creative and innovative people, places and groups in Dublin. Its main focus is to highlight Dublin as a growing city, projects are to focus around areas in the city as platforms to promote, inspire and grow, both physically and conceptually, collaborations and creativity.
Lyric FM
Lyric FM will be broadcasting live from Bloom for 5 days – stay tuned or call by the stand to meet the presenters and enjoy live music acts. RTÉ Lyric FM presents a musical sanctuary at this year’s Bloom Garden Festival over the June bank holiday weekend from 11am to 4pm.

An Post Stamps
An Post has launched two special stamps highlighting Bloom as Ireland’s largest horticulture and food festival. One stamp portrays a detail from Frazer McDonogh’s silver medal winning show garden in 2010, while the other shows a Bloom visitor holding freshly grown produce. The stamps will be on sale at Boom and from May 22nd they will be available to buy at all main post offices and online at www.irishstamps.ie

OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

Sustainable / Green Activities
Last year, we were able to recycle a large amount of our waste and the remaining waste was converted to energy which meant that no waste from Bloom went to Landfill. This year as a major step in extending our Green Credentials at Bloom we have partnered with both Dublin City Council and The Environmental Protection Agency to be one of the first festivals in Ireland that will compost as much of our waste as possible.. All Event vendors are to use certified compostable packaging; all food service packaging can be collected in appropriate clearly marked bins and taken away to be commercially composted so that we will be producing compost from a large part of our waste. Our Stand Electrics are energy savings and we compact all our waste on site to reduce the number of vehicle journeys for the waste from Bloom. We will be introducing a clearly marked three Bin System to allow segregation of waste by visitors around the event. This will be supplemented by volunteers who will assist our visitors in using the correct bins and informing them of the benefits of recycling both at the event and in their daily life.

Ticketing Information
Tickets may be also be purchased at the entrance to Bloom during the event.
Tickets are available as follows:
· Adult Ticket – The general admission ticket to Bloom
· Concession Ticket – This ticket is available to Senior Citizens (65+) and full time students. Please note that ID will be required at the gate to verify eligibility.
· Child Ticket – Free of charge. Children up to 16 go free and up to 3 children may attend with each paying adult.
· Group Tickets – For group bookings of 10 persons or more, please call the group booking line on 00353 1 648 6029 or email group.sales@ticketmaster.ie.
· For the first time at Bloom, 2 Day & Season Tickets are available this year. 2 Day tickets admit to the show on any 2 days. Season tickets admit to the show every day. Please note that 2-day and Season tickets will have the security feature of a wristband which must be worn for the period required.

Please note that all Early Bird Advance and Regular Advance Tickets will be subject to a Ticketmaster customer service charge.

Daily
Ticket Prices Regular
Advance Tickets On Site
Tickets
Adult Weekday €18.00 €20.00
Adult Weekend €18.00 €20.00
Concession Weekday €11.50 €13.00
Concession Weekend €14.25 €16.00
Children €0.00 €0.00
2-Day
Ticket Prices Regular
Advance Tickets On Site
Tickets
Adult €31.00 €35.00
Concession €23.00 €25.00
Child €0.00 €0.00
Season Ticket
Prices Regular
Advance Tickets On Site
Tickets
Adult €54.00 €60.00
Concession €38.00 €43.00
Child €0.00 €0.00
To proceed to book your tickets please click here
If you would prefer to book by telephone please call:
0818 719300 for Republic of Ireland Customers
0844 8472455 for Northern Ireland Customers
00353 1 456 9569 for International Customers

Notes on Above:
· Weekday = Valid Thursday Or Friday
· Weekend = Valid Sat Or Sun Or Mon
· Concession = Senior/student with ID
· Children go free = up to 3 per adult

Groups / Special Groups
· Disabled People / Groups -All prices as normal but carer goes free
· Adult / concession Groups 10+ – €2 off general prices
· Adult / concession Groups 40+ – €2 off general prices plus 2 free tickets
· Adult / Concession Groups 80+ – €2 off general prices pus 3 free tickets
· Coach Drivers for groups – Free of charge

2 day/season tickets
· A two day ticket can be used by the same person for any two days of Bloom 2014. The ticket will be scanned on first visit and a wristband applied. On the second visit, the wristband will be shown at gate and removed. A dummy ticket will be scanned to keep figures straight.
· A season ticket admits entry every day and will be scanned on first entry and a season long wristband applied.

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