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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.

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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.

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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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Sharing The Load - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

‘Sharing The Load’ depicts how someone suffering from mental health issues can feel, as well as the positive outcomes that can be achieved by seeking support. This is also an important opportunity to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health and show that there is always light at the end of the tunnel and that recovery is possible.

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Bremore Castle Medieval Garden - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

This garden takes its inspiration from Bremore Castle, Balbriggan, a 15th/16th Century fortified house and manor associated with the Anglo-Norman Barnwall family.

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The Designer’s Back Yard - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

The Designer’s Back Yard is a small garden in a built up urban environment that is provides a habitat for many different plant species as well as the garden designer himself. This is his retreat, where he can enjoy sitting in the midst of his plants, or staring out from the office at them finding inspiration as he draws up new plans.

Read more: The Designer’s Back Yard - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

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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.

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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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GOAL’s Damascus Cortyard – War and Peace - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

GOAL’s Damascus Courtyard – War and Peace symbolises some of the devastation visited upon the Syrian people, their identity, history and their culture over the past five years. Inspired by the traditional courtyard gardens of Damascus, the space is divided into two halves; one representing Syria in peacetime; the other representing Syria today, a land in a time of war.

Read more: GOAL’s Damascus Cortyard – War and Peace - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

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The Savills Garden – “Face to Face” - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

Face to face is a garden concept that aims to reconnect us with our environment and each other, all within the confines and comfort of our own homes. With the ever changing landscape of the social media age, interactions between people and our environment has all too often become a series of text and images which we ‘Like’, share, post and retweet.

Read more: The Savills Garden – “Face to Face” - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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The Secret Life Of Pets Garden - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

Ever wonder what your pets get up to when you’re not around? This apparently ordinary suburban garden is home to Max the Jack Russell Terrier and Gidget the Pomeranian. Everything seems normal at first – but it all changes when the humans are gone! Once the owners’ backs are turned, the garden transforms.

Read more: The Secret Life Of Pets Garden - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

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