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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

Jane Mc Corkell’s My Garden is a garden for everyone -BLOOM 2012

by Ciaran Burke
Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Maybe it’s the economic climate, maybe people are more nostalgic when times are hard and we reminisce with our rose tinted glasses as we look back on the days that were better. Some of my favourite show gardens at Bloom have a touch of the past about them, where the simplistic design relies on a strong selection of plant material and the emphasis on plant composition. The overall large garden category award went to Jane McCorkell for her entry “Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’, a garden with straight borders and a central lawn. Simply a gardeners garden, lots of colourful herbaceous planting, a veg patch, greenhouse and potting area.  I like it a lot!

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

The garden which was designed as a space that can be recreated by visitors in their own homes incorporating a working garden for horticultural enthusiasts while offering an engaging space for all the family.  Jane Mc Corkell has had four previous entries at Bloom and she sets a high standard where nothing less than gold is the result.

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

Bord na Mona Growise ‘My Garden’ by Jane McCorkell

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http://www.janemccorkelllandscape.ie/

June 1, 2012

Greenhouse Gold at Bloom 2011

by Ciaran Burke
Greenhouse by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince

Greenhouse by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince

A sustainable front garden for an urban house. Often such themes are lacking charm and beauty but Greenhouse a Gold Medal Winner and best in Category small garden at Bloom this year’s Bloom has it all; style, simplicity, charm and a bin storage area with a green roof that doubles as a herb garden!

Greenhouse by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince

http://deirdreprince.ie/deirdreprince/ABOUT_DEIRDRE_PRINCE.html

Bloom is Irelands biggest gardening, food and family festival and I open each day from 10 to 6 until Monday. LINK

Greenhouse by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince

Greenhouse by Patricia Tyrrell and Deirdre Prince

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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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