Bloom Festival

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Bloom Festival
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Genre Gardening
Location(s) Phoenix Park,
Republic of Ireland
Years active 2007–present
Attendance 60,000–70,000

Bloom Festival is Republic of Ireland's largest gardening show. It is a popular[1] five-day event,[2] held each year in Phoenix Park, Dublin. It was first held in 2007,[3] and is organised by Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board).[1]

Bloom is attended by dignitaries including ambassadors, earls and presidents.[3] It is Half the size of the Chelsea Flower Show in the neighbouring United Kingdom.[1][4]

2010 Festival[edit]

The fourth festival was opened by President of Ireland Mary McAleese on 3 June 2010.[4] Chinese ambassador Liu Biwei and the Earl of Rosse were among other notable attendants.[3] Ex Chelsea Flower Show judge Andrew Wilson also judged at this event.[5] The event featured 24 gardens spread across 10 acres (4.0 ha) of Phoenix Park.[4][6] The winner of Super Garden, an RTÉ competition, was among them.[6] Awards are given for the best gardens: in 2010, best in show was given to a garden which had been conceived following heavy flooding.[3] The festival featured professional gardeners, an artisan food market and culinary displays from several celebrity chefs.(In latter years the show has become more of a food show,with garden designers finding it hard to get sponsorship,and the food board Bord Bia,pushing its food agenda)[2]

President McAleese has said attending Bloom led her family to develop their own home-grown vegetables.[5]

Around 8,000 people visited during the opening day in 2010, a record attendance for a weekday at the festival.[7] This was an increase of fifty per cent on similar figures from the previous year.[8] The warm weather – temperatures were 23 °C – were said to have been responsible for increased attendances.[8][9] It was anticipated that between 60,000 and 70,000 people would attend the 2010 event.[2][4][8][10] Tickets cost €25 in 2010, though could have been purchased online for five euro cheaper.[7]

The event leads to increased levels of traffic around the Phoenix Park area for much of the day.[1] Bord Bia organise buses as an incentive for members of the general public to make use of public transport.[1] Long queues are common.[3] The Show has been run by Louise Mc Loughlin, since the show started in 2007, assisted by Gareth Buckley and Gary Graham(Food Board)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bloom festival to host 60,000 gardening fans". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Gardening fans flock to Bloom festival come rain, or shine". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e McGreevy, Ronan (4 June 2010). "Garden inspired by winter floods carries all before it". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "60,000 expected to visit Bloom Festival". RTÉ News and Current Affairs (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Sheehan, Aideen (4 June 2010). "Where great ideas for gardens bloom and grow". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Mangan, Stephen (5 June 2010). "Bloom festival grows its own success". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Morning business news – June 4". RTÉ News and Current Affairs (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 4 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c McBride, Caitlin (4 June 2010). "Crowds are in Bloom as green fingers hit the park". Evening Herald (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 4 June 2010. 
  9. ^ McGreevy, Ronan (3 June 2010). "Weather brings crowds to Bloom". The Irish Times (Irish Times Trust). Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  10. ^ McHale, Michael (7 June 2010). "Flower power Festival fever grips the nation". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 7 June 2010. 

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