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June 16, 2012

Machnamh/Reflection – Show Garden at Bloom 2012

by Ciaran Burke

Machnamh/Reflection Show Garden by Deirdre Pender 2012

Machnamh/Reflection was voted by Designers as the best and received a Siver medal. It was designed as a contemplative place to escape a busy day. It was tranquil, unfortunately I did not discover its charms until the final day of Bloom 2012.

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June 8, 2012

Changing Perspectives – Show Garden Bloom 2012

by Ciaran Burke

Grafitti covered walls, dumped and battered old washing machine and litter strewn ground greet the visitor, not the typical welcome for a visior to a Bloom garden. Between the concrete blocks there are glimpses of a brighter place, a more colourful and welcoming place.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

This was a show garden that took the visitor on a journey, to understand the barriers of disability and the potential of those who are allowed to develop their gifts once such barriers are broken down in our society. The vandalized walls represent untapped talent and expressions of the individuals that could be art work in a different environment. The visitors enter the garden through a vortex emerging into a place of hope, opportunity colour and beauty.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

David Shortall one half of the garden design team works with REHAB, an organisation who for over 60 years, has been supporting people with disabilities and the marginalised to achieve their goals, maximise their potential and participate fully in communities.

The full effect of their contrasting effect was nearly ruined by the hard working cleaning staff working in the show gardens area at Bloom. Dedicated workers picked up every bit of his show garden litter, even the tiniest pieces of plastic, luckily the garden designers were able to quickly get their hands on some rubbish to throw around their garden.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

A feature of the garden was a wheelchair accessible tree house which some lucky visitors were able to enjoy and get a high point view of the Bloom show gardens.

A happy visitor to the wheel chair accessible tree house!

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

All the plants in the garden were grown by people on REHAB programmes and garden furniture and sculptures were made from recycled materials like old washing machine drums that made up the stylish garden seating. The garden was a show garden with a different perspective,  demonstrating the challenges faced by people with disabilities, and the need to break down barriers, and demonstrated the important role art, horticulture and gardening can play in developing opportunity and allowing people marganilised by society to find expression. A garden which was about people,  all people.

Changing Perspectives designed by David Shortall and Peter Fitzpatrick

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EXPERIENCE THE JOURNEY THROUGH THE VORTEX BY WATCHING THE VIDEO

CHANGING PERRSPECTIVES A SHOW GARDEN AT BLOOM

 Learn about the work of REHAB

http://rehab.ie/

June 2, 2012

Cookie and Creams (and bunnies) = Gold – Show Garden by Leonie Cornelius Bloom 2012

by Ciaran Burke

Cookie and Creams Reclaimed Sanctuary (RTE Supergarden winner) by Leonie Cornelius

A contemporary garden which blends architecture and natural beauty and is built with reclaimed materials. Old windows, leftover steel and scrapped scaffolding become a classy garden hut. Straight edges and strong lines are softened with meadow style plantings, this garden combines formal elements with informal planting and it works. Hard lines are blurred with softness, and for an extra bit of cuteness it even has bunnies! Yes, that is right, a pair of rabbits are hopping around in their contemporary designer hut beneath a prairie style planting scheme.

Leonie Cornelius is at Bloom because she won the competition television programme Super Garden. I don’t care much for the TV series with its emphasis on “drama” rather than gardens, but if it can result in new talent like this being brought to BLOOM, then it does have its positive side. I really like this garden, and the bunnies are cute too. No wonder it got gold and judged to be the best in category medium garden.

Cookie and Creams Reclaimed Sanctuary (RTE Supergarden winner) by Leonie Cornelius

Cookie and Creams Reclaimed Sanctuary (RTE Supergarden winner) by Leonie Cornelius

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Leonie Cornelius Website http://www.blume.ie/

May 31, 2012

Nasturtium Pesto – Lower Food Miles Version- Recipe

by Ciaran Burke
Nasturtium pesto with Spelt Spaghetti

Nasturtium Pesto with Spelt Spaghetti

We have The Garden School at BLOOM this year situated in the “Budding Bloomers” area. We are hoping to inspire future generations of gardeners by teaching children (and many adults) how to make plant pots from newspaper and then sow a nasturtium seed into peat free compost.

Nasturtiums are ornamental and edible. The simplest way to enjoy tem is to tear the leaves and petal into a salad. I love to use nasturtiums as pesto. featured here is our own lower food miles version that ses Irish produced rapeseed oil, irish goas cheese and sunflowers are cheaper than pine nuts, it is delicious.

we have a free nasturtium recipe booklet available for free download from The Garden School website. There are also some videos on how to make the pots!

http://www.thegardenschool.ie/THE_GARDEN_SCHOOL/BLOOM_2012.html

Nasturtium Pesto – Lower Food Miles Version- Recipe

Ingredients:

50g nasturtium leaves

2 garlic cloves, crushed

6 green nasturtium fruits

50g sunflower seeds

75g of Kilmallock organic goats cheese

juice of half a lemon

150 ml of olive oil Rapeseed Oil

Some salt, according to taste.

Method:

Throw everything into a food processor. Let it whizz around for a couple of minutes. The mixture should be well blended, a nice green colour.

The mixture can be used straight away, but this quantity will give you enough to fill a couple of small jars. When filling the jars pour a little oil on top of the pesto to seal them and help preserve them. They will keep for a few weeks.

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May 19, 2012

The Garden School at Bloom 2012

by Ciaran Burke

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GARDENING IS FOR EVERYONE, YOUNG AND OLD!
WE ARE EXCITED TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE KIDS ZONE AT BLOOM THIS YEAR.
EVERYONE WHO VISITS BLOOM CAN DROP INTO THE GARDEN SCHOOL AND LEARN HOW TO MAKE A POT FROM NEWSPAPER, FILL IT WITH PEAT FREE, ORGANIC COMPOST AND THEN SOW A NASTURTIUM SEED. THEN YOU CAN BRING YOUR POT AND SEED HOME AND WATCH IT GROW.

I am really excited about going to BLOOM this year, more than usual. We have been involved with Ireland’s premier horticulture and food show since it began. The Garden School has been present on the floral pavilion with a display each year, but this year we will be in the Budding Bloomers section, the Kids Zone.

A few years ago we did something similar to this year’s project, making newspaper pots and sowing nasturium seeds. Everyone who visits BLOOM can make a pot and bring it home filled with compost and complete with sown nasturium seed. And it’s FREE!!!

Bloom takes place in the Phoenix Park on Dublin and will feature 25 show gardens, a floral pavilion with lots of plants for sale, a food village and of course lots of things for kids to do too. This year there is free entry for children. Last year BLOOM attracted 90,000 visitors over the bank holiday weekend in June. This year the show will once again be held on the holiday weekend, from Thursday 31st May until Monday 4th June.

Everyone who makes a pot and sows a seed gets a certificate!

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visit The Garden School Website

Visit Bloom family fun page

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