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May 14, 2013

Kildare business strongly represented at Bord Bia Bloom 2013

Ireland’s Top Floral, Food & Family Festival to Bloom this June Bank Holiday

In the Frame: Garden Designer Leonie Cornelius launches Bloom 2013 with the help of Millie Kelly (4) from Raheny, Dublin and Allan O'Kearney (5) from Lucan, Dublin. Bloom 2013 takes place at the Phoenix Park from Thursday May 30th to Monday June 3rd. The gardening, food and family festival attracted 80,000 visitors last year. Bord Bia has announced the return of Bloom, its hugely successful gardening, food and family festival, which will take place within a 70 acre site in the Phoenix Park, Dublin this June bank holiday weekend. Now in its seventh year, the event attracted over 80,000 visitors last year.
Bloom 2013 will be officially opened by The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, on Thursday May 30th and will run until Monday June 3rd. This year, Kildare will be represented by three food companies, five floral displays and various garden designers involved in the 28 show-gardens at the event. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend more than 25 cookery demonstrations by some of Ireland’s best loved chefs (detailed below).
Details of the Kildare representatives at Bloom are as follows:
Kildare Garden Designers

  • Kildare-based Tünde Szentesi (originally from Hungary) and Svaja Vaicula will display their Garden called ‘Eco Tango Garden’ which draws attention to the important role that gardens can play in promoting sustainable practices. The Eco Tango Garden challenges perceptions about gardens and sustainability in an engaging and vibrant way.
  • Mark O’Loughlin from Naas will display his Garden called the ‘Wizard of Oz Sanctuary Garden’ which invites the public to follow the yellow brick road, recreating Dorothy’s enchanting quest from the Kansas prairie over the rainbow, through munchkin land, via the cornfield crossroads, into a dark forest, by poppy fields and on to the enticing vista of the Emerald City.
  • Kildare Growers in association with Peter O’Brien Landscapes, Bord na Mona and Killashee House Hotel will display the ‘The Jack and Jill Foundation Garden’ in support of the organisation. It is a contemporary garden incorporating the concept of a journey. A simple exciting and fun garden for kids, a deeper more reflective theme for adults. The Jack & Jill Foundation provides nursing care and support for children with severe neurological development issues, as well as offering some respite to the parents and families. Jack & Jill also provides direct funding to families, enabling them to buy home respite care to give them a break. The essential core of the support that the Jack and Jill foundation provide, relates to one of our most primal and touching instincts. The power and strength of coming together to provide support is counter balanced on the other hand with the delicacy and fragility of life. This essence resonates with people of all ages, and is the inspiration for this garden.

 Kildare floral displays in the floral marquee

  • Flannery’s Nursery
  • K&M Nursery
  • Garden Direct
  • Herbs of Thyme
  • Dorans Nurseries


Kildare Food Companies in the Food Village

  • Brady Family / Rudds of Donadea will be on display in the Meat, Poultry & Fish Marquee
  • Brewing of Old Mill will be on display in the Bloom Inn
  • Russell’s Orininal Irish of Kilcullen will be on display in the Artisan Food Market


Gary Graham, Bloom Show Manager, Bord Bia said “Our show-garden designers are working hard to ensure visitors to Bloom 2013 will be both entertained and inspired. We have a great show lined up with gardens that focus on sustainability, times gone by and fashion. We also have some wonderful show-gardens from charities such as Aspire, The Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, the Jack & Jill Foundation and Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin which we’re hoping will raise awareness of these great causes.”
This year, Bloom is also inviting 1,000 people to the Gathering of Gardeners - offering people who are passionate about gardening a chance to bring together their friends and family to share in the wonderful experience that is Bloom in the Park.
Attractions in 2013

Horticultural Happenings

  • New features this year include an expanded ‘concept garden space’ allowing garden designers to explore creative ideas, ‘postcard garden exhibitions’ created by community garden groups from all around Ireland and a Botanical Art Exhibition.
  • The winner of RTE's Super Garden show will also be revealed at Bloom! (See for the full list of this year’s designers)
  • In-keeping with tradition, the Bloom show-gardens will be complemented by a spectacular Floral Marquee, featuring displays of the best of Irish flowers and plants while leading experts in the horticulture, gardening and floristry industries will appear on the Garden Expert Stage.
  • The tree-climbing competition is back. It will see tree climbers from all over Ireland and further afield test their balance, agility and speed against the clock! Visitors to the show of all ages will also have an opportunity to join the fun.

A Feast-ival of Food

  • The hugely popular Bord Bia Food Village will once again offer visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest artisan foods produced around the country.
  • At the Bord Bia Quality Kitchen stage, some of Ireland’s best loved chefs with live cooking demonstrations including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Martin Shanahan and Donal Skehan, among others. The events will be hosted by TV presenter and well known foodie, Ella McSweeney who will also interview food producers throughout the weekend.
  • Fans of craft beer and whiskey will enjoy a visit to the ‘Bloom Inn’ while Bloom will also host the Irish Cheese Awards for the first time this year.
  • Ireland’s food and drink industry is on a sustainability journey through the Origin Green development programme that aims to demonstrate the commitment of the sector. This journey will be explained in Bord Bia’s Food Village using interactive features allowing visitors to discover what it means for them.

Family Entertainment

  • As Bloom is a family event, kids go free and there will be a variety of entertainment options for all the family to enjoy including music, Budding Bloomers, a dedicated children’s play zone, with games and activities, craft workshops and a picnic area.
  • A new feature from Active Retirement Ireland will include fitness and exercise displays, an outdoor bowls green, bird box making and flower arranging.
  • The picnic area surrounding the Main Stage promises to be a perfect spot for relaxation and enjoyment with various musical artists entertaining visitors from mid-morning to late afternoon, for the duration of Bloom.

New and returning sponsors for this year’s event include Failte Ireland, Love Irish Food, OPW, Woodies, Bord na Móna, Dublin City Council, Calor Gas, Keelings and the Irish Independent.
Tickets are on sale now and visitors are encouraged to book early for discounted rates by visiting  Follow Bloom 2013 on Facebook, or join the conversation on Twitter, or #Bloom.