23January2018

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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.

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Solus Light Bulb "Inspired by Ireland" Garden - Small Show Garden Bloom 2016

This design examines Solus’s Irish heritage. It creates an innovative space, contemporary in style that represent both rural and urban Ireland. “Inspired by Ireland” combines indigenous flora, local materials and architectural form to create a really unique Irish-inspired show garden.

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A Podscape Garden - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

This show garden strives to harmonise James’ two passions of architecture and landscape, demonstrating a modern and sustainable approach to how we can better live and relax within our everyday environment.

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UCD Evolution of Land Plants Garden - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

The UCD garden allows visitors to walk with plants through half a billion years of plant evolutionary history. The show garden tells the story of plants moving from water onto land, making land suitable for animals which followed later.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Serene Sanctuary - Medium Show Garden Bloom 2016

The Irish Country Magazine garden is based on the concept of the earliest gardens, that of sanctuary. This garden is a contemporary interpretation of that ideal in its use of enclosing structures, water and lush green textural planting, and in its splashes of colour, with restful whites, blues and purples.

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Yi Garden (Friendship Garden) - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

This garden originates from Yangzhou City in China, and contains traditional elements from the region. The Yangzhou garden is named “Yi Garden”, which literally means “The Garden of Friendship”.

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Free Garden Consultations from ALCI at Bloom 2016

Free Garden Consultations from the Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland (Stand G40 in the Grand Pavilion)

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