A breath of fresh air as Bord Bia Bloom returns
Improving air quality, tackling food waste and highlighting how children benefit from outdoor play in the natural world are among the many themes which will be explored at Bord Bia Bloom 2023. Ireland’s favourite festival of flowers, food and fun, returns to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, this June bank holiday weekend (June 1-5) with another vibrant mix of thought-provoking show gardens, delicious local food, and interactive entertainment for visitors of all ages.
At the centrepiece of Bord Bia Bloom, 22 small, medium, and large show gardens and feature gardens will provide a colourful demonstration of the latest trends and innovations in garden design. One of the stand-out themes for 2023 is that many of the gardens focus on spaces for children and young people. These include ‘The Know, Act, Prevent Garden’ by the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) at Beaumont Hospital, in collaboration with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA); the ‘First 5 Garden of Wonder and Discovery’ by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth; the ‘Rise Garden’ by Oberstown Children Detention Campus; and the ‘The Raising Amazing Garden by Tusla Fostering’.
The impact of climate change and making better use of the outdoors also feature as recurring themes in the 2023 show gardens including “A Breathing Space for Fingal” by Fingal County Council, the National Dairy Council’s “Embracing the Elements” garden; Citroën Power of One alternative urban front garden by Citroën, and the Green Cities Europe ‘Greening our Cities’ garden. Many of this year's showstopping gardens also feature reclaimed and upcycled materials and will be relocating after the festival as permanent gardens elsewhere.
Along with a dazzling display of show gardens, gardening enthusiasts will find plenty of inspiration in the ever-popular ‘Postcard Gardens’, which include nine small but perfectly formed pop-up gardens that are designed and built by community groups, schools, and training groups from across Ireland.
There will also be five days of gardening talks, a bustling Nursery Village featuring some of Ireland's leading nurseries, floral displays from the Ireland’s finest floral artists and a botanical art exhibition.
Inspire, Educate and Entertain
In addition there will be live cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s leading chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’Connell and Shane Smith.
Tickets are now on sale at BordBiaBloom.com