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Dorothy, nymphs, shrubbery: What you can expect from Bloom 2013

Over 80,000 turned out for the festival last year and with fine weather forecast, organisers anticipate a greater turnout this year.

Wizard of Oz garden won the silver guilt award at Bloom 2013. (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

OVER 80,000 PEOPLE turned out for Bloom in the Park last year and with fine weather forecast for the weekend, organisers anticipate a greater turnout this year.

The annual gardening, food and family festival runs for five days across 70 acres in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

This year’s event includes 28 show gardens, more than 100 Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries, over 25 cookery demonstrations and almost 200 retailers.

Here’s a snippet of what you can expect from Bloom in the Park this weekend:

Erika Reeves shows her ‘Blossom With Every Breath’ garden to Sabina Higgins and President Michael D Higgins. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

A nymph in the ‘Love Letter to the West’ garden. (Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

President Michael D Higgins at Bloom. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

(President Higgins and Sabina congratulating garden designer Paul Martin on his medal winning garden. (Image: Jason Clarke)

Making last minutes adjustments for the 80,000 people expected to visit the gardens. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

The Cosplay Ireland Live Action Role Play in the Destination Bloom Garden. (Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Eileen Nolan stands at the garden entitled ‘Journey on Earth – The Hospice Garden’. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

Winner of a gold medal and the ‘Best in Show Garden’ at Bloom 2013, Gerard Mullen at his ‘Waterford Harvest Garden  - Venture into the Wild’. (Image: Patrick Browne)

More: Slideshow: Take a sneak peek at Bloom 2012>

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