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5 things you can do at Bloom this weekend

By Vaseline May31,2024

Originally founded to promote plants, garden design, horticulture and gardening, the festival has grown much further and is always a fun day out for all the family.

Below are some of our highlights – there’s a useful one too Plan your day feature, designed to help you get the most out of your visit.

Wander through the gardens

The show gardens are the heart and soul of Bord Bia Bloom, bringing together some of Ireland’s most talented designers to create something truly spectacular. This year’s offering shows us how to make the most of our outdoor spaces while shining a light on some of the most important issues of our time. It offers 22 different creations. Notable entries include a memorial garden in honor of Saint Brigid and a Despicable me 4theme garden, among others.

Elsewhere you’ll find the Postcard Gardens – one of the most popular visitor attractions at Bord Bia Bloom every year. Created by amateur gardeners from communities, schools and training groups across Ireland, they showcase their surroundings while drawing attention to the issues that matter most to them.

Back to John Dooley’s future super garden

For a real treat, definitely check it out Winner Supertuin John Dooleys Back to the future design before you go. John requires little maintenance and is easy to maintain. He created this biodiverse garden for Daija and her two daughters, Amanda and Amelia, and made sure it could accommodate Daija’s scoliosis while still being a beautiful space for the whole family to enjoy.

Browse the food stalls

Seibhe Little, Ballymaloe Foods. Photo by Fennell Photo.

As a festival dedicated to nature, you would almost think that Bloom is only about plants. That’s not the case and there will be plenty of good food on site to keep you going – from the Garden View Restaurant, a full-service sit-down restaurant overlooking the show gardens where you Book a tableto the Food Village, home to 70 of Ireland’s finest food and non-alcoholic drink producers, there is lots to see, do and eat.

BBQ enthusiasts are advised to head to the dedicated grill area where you can find Pitt Bros, Kinara, Hongkong BBQ, Smoke’N Grillhouse, Sugar Mama BBQ, Swing Grill, Hell’s BBQ, Bad Boys BBQ and Farm Hog Roast, among others. . There will also be a dedicated picnic area, numerous food trucks and live cooking demonstrations throughout the day, so you certainly won’t go hungry!

Visit the Craft Village

With support from the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), the Irish Craft Village at Bord Bia Bloom will showcase an exciting selection of work from some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers. Spread across 38 different tents, each exhibitor is a member of DCCI and specially selected to showcase the incredible talent of local artisans. This is always a popular event and there will be workshops and demonstrations throughout the weekend with craft activities for all the family.

Pick up some plants

For those of you looking to add a little more greenery to your lives, the Plant Emporium is the perfect place to get inspired. There you will find a selection of plants grown in Ireland to the highest quality standards in the Irish climate, making them ideal for growing and flowering in your own garden.

If you end up buying more plants than you can carry, don’t worry, because you can safely store them in the on-site Plant Nursery while you explore. When you’re ready to go, the staff will even help you transport your plants to the car park via one of their ‘wheelbarrow taxis’. More information about that here.

Try some family-friendly activities

Families looking to keep the little ones entertained (and tired) are in luck, because there are plenty of kid-friendly activities at Bloom. Children under 12 get in free (maximum two children per adult, additional child tickets cost €5), so it’s a great excuse to get out and make the most of the long weekend.

Photo courtesy of Bord Bia Bloom

The Budding Bloomers area has an action-packed program of events for the little ones, such as the Westland Potting Shed, where you can sow a pumpkin seed and decorate a pot. Take good care of it and by Halloween you’ll have your very own Jack-o’-lantern to carve! You will also find two face painters in this room;

The sandpit is open to children up to five years old, while older children can enjoy the Dublin City Libraries tent where there will be books, games, competitions, bubbles and more. If you want a front row seat to some live music, head to the picnic area where various groups and solo acts give their best. You can view the full list of artists and times here.

Bloom runs from May 30 to June 3 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

Main image: Pexels by Anna Shvets.

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