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Amateur gardening groups encouraged to blossom at Bloom

Bord Bia is calling out for local gardening groups and enthusiasts to design and deliver postcard gardens at Bord Bia Bloom 2024.  
Rob O’Keeffe, Head of Marketing, Tirlán CountryLife; Kerrie Gardiner, Show Gardens and Horticulture Content Manager, Bord Bia Bloom; Laura Douglas, Head of Bloom and Brand Partnerships, Bord Bia; Senan Foley, Head of Retail, Tirlán CountryLife announced the call for amateur gardening groups to apply to design and deliver a postcard garden at Bord Bia Bloom 2024.

The petite garden spaces provide community groups, schools, charitable organisations and garden clubs the chance to tell their stories and showcase creative talents through innovative and vibrant garden design.  
Tirlán CountryLife is sponsor of this amateur showcase, which is one of many gardening features at the popular June bank holiday weekend event. Bord Bia Bloom will return to its home in the Phoenix Park, Dublin for five days from May 30 to June 3.  
Kerrie Gardiner, show gardens and horticulture content manager, Bord Bia Bloom said: “While people might best know Bloom for the designer show gardens, regular attendees will be very familiar with the much-cherished smaller Postcard Garden spaces. TThese 3m x 2m plots capture a rich tapestry of local storytelling that is brought to life through plants and creative garden designs. No two are alike, and we often see themes including mental health, the environment, charitable activities and education represented through these green canvases.”   

Bord Bia Bloom 2024 

Visitors to this year’s event can expect another vibrant mix of thought-provoking show gardens designed by leading garden designers, according to Bord Bia. Additionally, there will be expert horticultural talks and advice, a vast collection of rare and quality plants from Irish and International plant nurseries, sustainable living discussions along with delicious local food and interactive entertainment for visitors of all ages.  
Laura Douglas, head of Bord Bia Bloom and brand partnerships said: “We have seen a surge in novice gardeners attending in the past few years, and we want to make sure we can continue to deliver a world-class, immersive experience that continues after our five days in the Phoenix Park.”  
For more information on the Postcard Gardens and to download an application form, visit the Bord Bia Bloom website. The closing date for applications is March 11.