Bloom In The Park

Bloom has become a national favourite and one of the most anticipated and  spectacular gardening event on the Irish calendar.

Whether you are a garden enthusiast, a foodie or just on a day out, Bloom 2009 has something for everyone. It will be full of ideas on outdoor living, inspirational cooking, fun for the family and of course the latest in cutting edge garden design.

Bloom will feature more than 20 superb show gardens from Ireland’s top horticultural talent. The show gardens will be complemented by a spectacular floral pavilion featuring the best of Irish plants and flowers. There will be a garden forum with Ireland’s top celebrity gardeners on hand to provide expert advice on planting and general gardening queries.

The show will again feature a cookery demonstration stage with some of Ireland’s leading chefs; an Irish artisan food market for visitors to sample and buy some of the best Irish food and drink produce; a children’s play area and an outdoor entertainment stage. Bloom 2009 will also feature a demonstration area hosted by the Crafts Council of Ireland offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy live demonstrations by Irish crafts people at work.


Bloom Family And Learning Zone

Creativity and Fun to the Fore

Imaginosity, the Dublin Children’s Museum will delight children and families with inspirational ideas for all ages. Bringing creativity and fun to the fore, Imaginosity has designed platforms for visitors to work on interactive projects and produce imaginative art and garden creations that have mass appeal for children and can be tackled by the very young with help and older children unaided. 

This year the Big Tent at Bloom 2009 is packed with an exciting collection of workshops that feature everything from using recycled art in your Garden; making peanut rings for the garden birds; potato stamp art to cover your copy book, to growing your own pasta sauce!

Birdwatch Ireland will have an outdoor marquee at Bloom 2009 where they will be providing a fun environment for children of all ages to learn about the wonders of birds, with a particular focus on the migratory species that they can find around their homes and on the birds that they will find in their gardens. There will be games, art projects, competitions and bird mask-making, with special garden bird information packs for all the children who take part.

The Irish Wildlife Trust will be holding a series of educational and interactive workshops throughout the five days of Bloom 2009. From Nature Trails to Making Insect Homes everything will be covered!

Younger visitors  can unleash their creativity with daily interactive children’s craft classes at Bloom 2009. Run as part of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Education Programme, the craft classes will take place in the ‘Engage’ area of Bloom. Classes include paper making with Tunde Toth, candle-making with Steph Atkins and 3D crochet with Liadain Butler.

Other features that will run through out the Festival include:

  • Puppet Show and Storytelling Tent
  • Blackboard Wall
  • Busy Little Sand Pit
  • Play Dough Tent (make your own with flour, oil and water)
  • Face painting (nature themes)