Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture is attending Bloom 2019 in the Phoenix Park over this June bank holiday weekend.
‘Every year Bloom gets bigger and better. This year there will be 22 show gardens, 14 postcard gardens, over 100 food and drink producers, 25 plant nurseries and much more.
‘I am delighted that over 15 Wicklow businesses and food producers will be showcasing their products in Bloom this year. They include, The Irish Nettle Company, O’Hanlon Herbs, Miena’s handmade Nougat, Wicklow Brewery, Gran Clarkes Bakery, Specimen Plants and Wicklow Way Wines. They can be located at the food market, Bloom Inn, Outdoor and business area.
‘It is wonderful to see issues such as sustainability, biodiversity, and water conservation, mental and physical health being addressed in an accessible way through floral displays, talks and family-friendly exhibits. The huge popularity of the Bloom event, created by Bord Bia, reinforces its role as a key endorsement for Irish horticulture and food as well as providing a richly diverse and inspiring garden festival.
‘I am particularly forward to visiting the “The Memories are Made of This – Dementia: Understand Together” garden which creates a space where people living with dementia can reminisce in a welcoming and supportive way. The garden is a very interesting concept as it is a celebration of the 1950s; where people in their 60s, 70s and 80s can remember, celebrate and share stories from their early years.
“With something for everyone, from gardening, arts and crafts, to music, food and drink as well as talks, workshops and live cookery demonstrations, we can look forward to five fun-filled days in this showcase event in the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday weekend,” added Doyle.