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Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with respon...


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Landscaping Dublin: Lawn Construction

I don’t do negatives in life as best as I possibly can, or at all. I find the dwelling on them an entirely pointless exercise. Problems, as best as possible should be dealt with and or very simply eliminated, move on and enjoy the finer things in life.

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Global Green 2016

Now in it’s ninth year, Global Green is the conscious heartbeat of the Electric Picnic; a cutting edge nexus of green ideas and conviviality, showcasing new musical acts, offering great local food and introducing radical solutions for a future that works.

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Strawberry Sales are Bloomin' (National Strawberry Week 2016 starts Monday)

Irish strawberry sales are bloomin' according to new figures released today on day three of Bord Bia's Bloom festival. Retail sales have increased by almost 20% year on year, with over 7.7 million kgs sold in the last 12 months, valued at €74.3 million (source: Kantar). The increased sales figures are welcome news for the industry ahead of National Strawberry Week, which takes place from the 6th to the 12th of June. 

Read more: Strawberry Sales are Bloomin' (National Strawberry Week 2016 starts Monday)

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Sanctuary Synthetics Secret Life of Pets Wins Silver at Bloom

Sanctuary Synthetics are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Medal, Concept Small Garden category at Bloom 2016 for their “Secret Life of Pets” garden.

“The partnership with The Secret Life of Pets was ideal for us as it allowed us the opportunity to showcase the versatility of our artificial grass and installations while also reflecting the fun movie theme. ” says Mark O’Loughlin, owner of Sanctuary Synthetics.

Read more: Sanctuary Synthetics Secret Life of Pets Wins Silver at Bloom

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Bord Bia announces Bloom 2016 Medal Winners

Record number of Gold Medals Awarded at Bloom 2016
Thursday, June 2nd 2016: Bord Bia today announced the Bloom 2016 medal winners with the Overall Large Garden category award going to Alan Rudden from Westmanstown, Co. Dublin for his Chilean inspired ‘Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden’. Earlier this year, while researching the project, Alan travelled to Chile to visit the Casa Real Estate, home of Santa Rita wine. The contemporary Latin American garden includes an alfresco dining area and a pool surrounded by Mediterranean arid planting.

Read more: Bord Bia announces Bloom 2016 Medal Winners

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The Legend of Tarzan - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

This show garden is inspired by “The Legend of Tarzan”, the breath-taking adaption of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic tale, coming in July 2016. The garden invites visitors into a verdant African jungle, with a skilled design that seems deeper and larger than the garden’s dimensions.

Read more: The Legend of Tarzan - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Bridge the Gap - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

The concept driving our garden, “Bridge the Gap”, is to provide a provocative landscape design situated within a living sculpture, telling a story. Our design features two large living sculptures that can be seen as two sides of a bridge, yet they do not connect.

Read more: Bridge the Gap - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Bullets and Boiled Sweets - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

The Irish Independent in conjunction with Bord Bia has offered readers the chance to help design the 1916 Commemoration Garden, by submitting a reflection on the events of Easter Week. Previous Bloom Gold medallist Fiann Ó Nualláin has brought to life the winning concept, “Rising Reflections” by Jacinta Sullivan;

Read more: Bullets and Boiled Sweets - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Across Boundaries - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

This show garden is a representation of how the concept of Social Farming can play a vital role in the therapy of participants within the healthcare system. The garden is broken up into different areas of representation.

Read more: Across Boundaries - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

The Marie Keating Foundation garden by Roche is designed to offer hope to people affected by breast cancer. The garden is inspired by the recent ‘Out the Other Side’ exhibition, which featured the stories of ten brave women who have all survived the disease.

Read more: Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces

I published an article a couple of years ago with 14 varieties of fruit and vegetables that suit smaller gardens, as well as another giving detailed information about container growing, also helpful if you’re growing on a balcony. 

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Over 60,000 Attend Ireland’s Largest Rural 1916 Event

Last weekend Teagasc welcomed over 60,000 people from across the country to Mellows Campus, Athenry for Farming and Country Life 1916. Over 2,000 school children attended the event on Friday.

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Record Numbers attend Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival

Almost 115,000 people attended Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. This is a record attendance for Bloom, with glorious sunshine helping to attract huge crowds to the 70 acre site.

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Teagasc Horticulture on Show at Bloom 2016

The two Teagasc horticulture colleges and the horticulture development department will be exhibiting over the next five days at the 10th annual Bloom event in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Teagascare launching two new publications at this year’s show.

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Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

In this design, a bedroom extension has been incorporated into a garden, demonstrating the complementary fusion of private and outdoor space. The garden is quite contemporary in style, visually softened with a simple, flowing theme, suggestive of a relaxing retreat.

Read more: Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Blurred Lines - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

Little bits of Ireland have been gathered together to form “Blurred Lines”. In the heart of the garden, a fire roars, guarded by the sharp limestone lines, while rainwater sustains the garden’s tranquil pond.

Read more: Blurred Lines - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Bord Bia Marks 10 Years of Bloom with Biggest and Best Festival Yet

Bord Bia’s annual Bloom festival, which opens to the public in the Phoenix Park, Dublin tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 2), will mark its 10th year to celebrate food, horticulture and gardening by offering plant lovers, gastronomes, farmers and families more to smell, see, touch and taste than ever before.

Read more: Bord Bia Marks 10 Years of Bloom with Biggest and Best Festival Yet

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Well Centered - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

From time to time it is nice to sit down, relax, and to think for a while about who we are and what it is we want out of life. ‘Well Centred’ has been conceived as a space for just such reflections.

Read more: Well Centered - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

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The Tao of Now - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

“The Tao of Now’ is a garden built upon the foundations of mindfulness and therapeutic horticulture. In a very aesthetic format, it offers a contemplative or respite space that can be easily copied and transferred to an urban community garden, hospice, hospital, health centre, school, college, or even a workspace courtyard.

Read more: The Tao of Now - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

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Sculpture in the Parkland - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

Returning to Bloom for a third time, the “Garden of Sculptures” is an exciting must-see for design enthusiasts. The garden is designed to function as an outdoor sculpture gallery for young and old to enjoy.

Read more: Sculpture in the Parkland - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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