Posts tagged ‘PAVILION’

June 6, 2011


by Ciaran Burke

Philip Bankhead of Penninsula Primulas picking the right plant

4 pm. A bell rings, sounding like a the teacher ringing the end of lunch time, but it is the start of the exhibitors displays sell off in the floral marquee. The thronging crowds are in a frenzy. Plants are being pointed at, pulled at, stand owners prodded. Rare delights are removed and sold, special deals offered, and gladly accepted. I had to keep a keen eye on our stand, “Is this pot for sale?”, “are you giving away anything” our plants and pots from our garden are endangered! But it is all good natured and fun.

Boyne Garden Centre Sell-off

Hanna helped Philip Bankhead of Pennisula Primulas. This is an annual arrangement ever since the first Bloom when Philip innocently said “help yourself’ t and his invitation to the public to pick their desired primulas and queue to pay for them was misunderstood. Now Hanna marshals the crowds with Finnish organisation and a teacher’s command. An orderly queue is formed around his stand as customers choose their plants, Philip packs them,  all are paid for; everybody’s happy. Around every nursery stand their is a type of bedlam, as foxgloves fly and lupins leap into grateful arms. Japanese maples move through the air, concealing people in a cloud of purple foliage that waves from side to side through the floral marquee. Smiles are on the faces of happy plant buyers.

Finlay Colley of Rare Plants Ireland in action

Bloom is as much about people as it is about plants, gardens and food. Each year we see the familiar faces, Koraley Northen photographing plants, people and gardens, Gerry Daly of The Irish Garden mingling and talking, giving lectures and talking on the radio. Orla Woods of Kilmurry Nursery, she performs her duties as Nursery Pavilion Organiser with good humour and efficiency and works the whole weekend selling plants on her nursery and making sure everyone is happy. This year we also had teams of Bloom Ambassadors referred to as “bloomers” milling around and helping the public with directions for toilets, restaurants, and anything else they need to know about Bloom. This year’s record attendance figures made sure they were kept busy all the time.

Koraley Northen - ever present, always photographing

We have had great neighbours around our stand; Jimi Blake from Huntingbrook our breakfast companion and plant spotter and tipster, Finlay Colley of Rare Plants Ireland who stocks a most temting range of trees and shrubs, we could not resist. Then we had Oliver Schurmann of Mount Venus flying around on his bicycle before the show opened, zooming between his show garden and nursery stand. Now that the show is over, the stand removed and packed in the car, our heads still whirring from the past five days, we are tired but happy. It has been a great show, thanks must go to Gary Graham and Carol Marks at Bord Nia for all their hard work through the year that makes the event happen.We have attended Bloom since its inception and each year it keeps getting bigger and better, looking forward now to next year.

Bloom Ambassadors to the rescue

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June 1, 2011

BLOOM 2011

by Ciaran Burke



The Garden School will have a stand and I will also be doing a daily blog, and may be a little more about BLOOm 2011. Using my iPhone I will be snapping pics of garden and plants, and maybe a few people too. This year I will also be able to share photos taken with my camera, letting you see the best of the show garden, well, my favourites anyway.

BLOOM is Ireland’s flag ship gardening event of the year, with lots of show gardens and loads of nurseries selling a great range of plants in the floral pavilion. there are lots of other things to do for kids, great food stalls. Something for everyone, and the weather is promised to be fabulous!


Our theme this year is Monocots v Dicots, a short botanical lesson illustrated with Hanna’s fabulous drawings and diagrams. We have got lots of magnifying glasses so you can see up close plant parts and learn about different plants groups and their role in feeding the world.

Hanna and I will be there everyday to talk to you and tell you about our courses and help you learn a little bit of interesting botany.


So if you are heading to the Phoenix Park in Dublin to attend BLOOM between Thursday 2nd of June and Monday 6th of June we hope to see you, at the stand 40 in the floral pavilion.

Enjoy the show…



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