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June 6, 2011

SHOW GARDENS AND ENGAGING SPACES BLOOM 2011

by Ciaran Burke

The Orb designed by Anne Hamilton, Fox Gardens, Enniskeane, Cork

There are so many gardens of high standard at Bloom this year, it is impossible to write about them all on my blog and also fit in time to sleep. So here area selection of photos from some of my favourites that I have not featured already. More will follow in the next few days. (Click on image to enlarge).

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June 5, 2011

Blooming temptations- Floral Pavilion at Bloom

by Ciaran Burke

The last day approaches, Bloom 2011 is nearing the end. We really enjoy doing our stand at the show, not only do we get to meet lots of  keen gardeners but we also get to catch up with our friends from the nurseries. There is always a great camaraderie between the participants at Bloom, sharing food, watching each others stands and swapping stories. Even though the days are long and the work  is tiring, there are always plenty of laughs. Lots of chat about plants takes place, opinions, recommendations and critical appraisal. There is also lots of temptation. Each year I promise myself that I will exercise amazing self control and not buy many plants. This year, like each year before, my resolve has crumbled when presented with the wonderful choice of beauties on display. I could not resist the double flowered ragged robin, Lychins flos-cuculli ‘Jenny’ from Kilmurry nursery, nor the biggest hosta in the world, so they say, that can reach 1.2m high with huge leaves, Hosta “Empress Wu’ from Boyne Garden Centre.

There are too many to mention, not all were purchased but there is still tomorrow to go. Below are some of the delights on offer at Bloom. (click on image to enlarge).

June 4, 2011

Hidden Cube and River Run – Show Garden Category Winners, Medium and Small gardens Bloom 2011

by Ciaran Burke

Two more gold medal winners from this year’s Bloom

THE AWARDS

Table under pergola – THE HIDDEN CUBE STYLE GARDEN
  • Above: Medium Garden:      The Hidden Cube Style Garden with Arnotts designed by Gary Hanaphy & Colm Quinn, from Kwik Fit Gardens by Rockstar & Jasper, Dublin

River Run Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Garden designed by Mary Ann Harris

River Run Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Garden designed by Mary Ann Harris

  • Small Garden:            River Run Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Garden designed by Mary Ann Harris from Dublin City Council

The Hidden Cube by Gary Hanaphy & Colm Quinn is a garden filled with modern urban style, an impressive pergola and geometric shapes, in particular, cubes. River Run Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Garden designed by Mary Ann Harris features quotations in stone, sculpture and planting with subdued use of colour.

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June 4, 2011

PORTACH- Hortisculptures and Anú Green – Best in Show- Engaging Spaces Bloom 2011

by Ciaran Burke

Portach - Anu Green and Peter Little from Hortisculptures, Cork

There is so much to see at this years Bloom and the standard of the show gardens is really high. This is reflected in the awards with the judges giving a medal to each garden for the first time since the garden festival started. Away from the main show gardens stuck in an unflattering corner of the outdoor retail area is a garden that is designed to create the atmosphere of a woodland bog. This is Portach designed  by Rita Higgins & Paul Quirke from Anú Green and Peter Little from Hortisculptures, Cork. Despite the visual distraction of bight red crepe stalls and bustling activity all round, the garden entered in the category of Engaging Space achieves its aim.

pendant pod-

Created using natural materials and planted with a combination of both native and organic plant species to maximize biodiversity, the moist and magical atmosphere of a woodland garden oozes from the the earth and the structures. Constructed beneath the dome of a massive sculpture that mimics a woodland tree canopy, mosses and foliage provide a verdant foil for airy flowers of Rodgersia flowers. Pendant pods are cosy enclosures dangling from the dome, while the bog oak sculpture and framework is reflected in a still water pool. An intriguing garden that blends art and horticulture, wood and steel, natives and exotics; a beautiful garden combining humans’ artistry with nature’s magic.

central sculpture of bog wood and steel

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June 3, 2011

IN THE TRANQUIL CENTRE OF THE WATER’S EDGE- BEST IN SHOW GARDEN BLOOM 2011

by Ciaran Burke
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Oliver & Liat Schurmann - At The Waters Edge

Our second day at Bloom. We started by doing what should have been doing at the end of the day. Imagine sitting in a sunken garden under blue skies surrounded by greenery and tranquility, beauty and liquidity. Hanna paddled in cool water, well at least the soles of her feet caused ripples in the shallow flow that ran over the stone walk way to the sunken island in a tranquil water-scape.

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Oliver & Liat Schurmann - At The Waters Edge

Few garden designers manage to capture atmosphere and mood in show gardens, at least not in the same way as Oliver and Liat Shurmann of Mount Venus Nurseries do it. Their entry into this year’s Bloom’s show gardens is to my mind the obvious choice of best in show, gladly, the show judges agreed. Plane trees create seclusion from the outside, their open canopies playing with reflections on the water. Borders of green and exotic foliage are dressed with euphorbia flowers, adding a sulphurous luminosity to the mellow planting. The sylvanian atmosphere embraces the water filled garden, where in the centre a sunken island invites you to cross a slightly submerged stone path. Circled around a central round channel, four stylish and modern seats demand that you rest and soak in the atmosphere. A trickle of water flows beneath your feet, creating a whirlpool pattern on the concrete surface. The mirror-like water  surrounding the low seating area is an an ever changing canvass of reflection and light. Tree silhouttes, greens and reds of foliage play with the surface of the pool.

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Oliver & Liat Schurmann - At The Waters Edge

As a backdrop, a pillared wall frames tall windows that display sculpture, art work created by Liat. Somehow this garden manages to both soothe the mind, stimulate the senses and feed the soul. It was with reluctance that we dragged ourselves away from the sunken retreat, there was a long busy day ahead.

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Oliver & Liat Schurmann - At The Waters Edge

There are many other great gardens at Bloom 2011, small, medium and large as well as engaging spaces. Tomorrow I will return to the show gardens with views of other Gold medal winners and personal favourites.

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Oliver & Liat Schurmann- At The Waters Edge

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