What to expect from Bloom Festival 2017?
With some 115,000 people having attended the 10th anniversary Bloom Festival event last year, Ireland’s largest gardening festival is back with its amazing gardens and merchandise stands as well as great bands and entertainment. Children, older people, music lovers, foodies and fashionistas will all find fascinating features at this food and gardening event at the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
Among the many attractions at Bloom Festival 2017 you will find the skills of top chefs and renowned experts (Nevin Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’Connell, Roz Purcell and others), dog friendly gardens and a fantastic “Despicable Me 3” garden!
Installed by the Universal Studios company, this garden based on the hit animation film previously mentioned is expected to attract large numbers of the 15,000 children that attend the Bloom event each year. According to Gary Graham, manager and founder of the annual Bord Bia Bloom event, “the children will also be able to get involved in the Grow Your Own area which will show them how to enjoy planting and participate in gardening activities”.
Located at the entrance of the festival, the Show Gardens are another of the most interesting areas of the festival. Created by some of Ireland’s top garden designers, they are the heart and soul of the five-day Bloom festival, offering visitors a taste of the latest planting and design trends in Ireland.
If you get caught in a downpour go shelter yourself in the amazing the Nursery & Floral Marquee. This indoor area showcases the very best floral nurseries and is brimming with a wonderful selection of plants and flowers for sale. The AOIFA (Association of Irish Floral Artists) Floral Art Stage will feature there advice and demonstrations on the techniques and artistry required to achieve a perfect floral display and includes exhibits from top floral artists.
If you have time to make a detour or just want to escape for a while from the crowd, enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden in the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre. 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.
Finish your visit with the Plant Village where Ireland’s world-class plant production are highlighted and visitors are provided with plenty of plant inspiration. It includes the Plant Village Square, where you can watch gardening demos and pick up plenty of expert advice. Ready, set, go gardening!
WHEN IS BLOOM FESTIVAL ON ?
1st JUNE – 5th JUNE 2017
9am – 6pm
Phoenix Park, Dublin
PRICE? €20 via ticketmaster or on the gate.
BLOOM IN THE PARK IN A NUTSHELL
As the festival is located near the Ashtown tower in Phoenix Park and is therefore pretty far away from the main gates of Phoenix Park, renting a bike to get there would be a good idea and its extremely fun checkout our post about Phoenix Park Bikes.
Tickets can be purchased for a day or full weekend – why don’t you get a season ticket as there is so much to see?
All very well organised and well designed, magnificent gardens and flower arrangements
Dog friendly gardens
If drizzling or raining you can always visit the indoor exhibitions
Free bus from Phoenix Park main entrance to the festival, pretty handy and a huge time saver!
No flops – we just loved it! 🙂