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Here are our 5 favourite gardens at Bloom

Flowers, vegtables and shoes… it’s our best picks from this year’s festival.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE sitting out in your garden on sunny summer’s day. If your garden leaves something to be desired, then you’ll definitley get some inspiration from these gardens at the Bloom Festival this year.

TheJournal.ie stopped by and picked out our favourite gardens. Let’s see if you agree.

5. Glenisk Freddy Buttons Garden / Designer: Fiona Dillon and Outside Options

This garden tailored for children brings out the kid in everyone, from the artificial bumble bees to the oversized apples, the garden is filled with fun and vegetables.

There are mini scarecrows. What’s not to love.

IMG_5174 Source: Christina Finn


IMG_5173 Source: Christina Finn

4. Footfall / Designer: Hugh Ryan Landscape Design

If Carrie Bradshaw had a garden, this would be it. Okay, this is a bit wacky and maybe I am drawn to it because of my love of shoes, but you can’t deny it’s different, and surprisingly tranquil.




3. GOAL’s ‘slum’ garden / Designer: Joan Mallon (which we told you about earlier in the week) scooped a gold medal. It comes in 3rd on our list. With no grass and using micro-gardening and bag gardening, it really feels like a homely and accessible garden.

IMG_5166 Source: Christina Finn



2. Our Origin is Green / Designer: Jane McCorkell

This garden won the top prize in Bloom this year – it’s very impressive. The colour scheme, the water feature and the red sculpture represents a trip through Irish mythology. It has a very calming effect.

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1. Sunwood Contemperary Expression Garden /Designer Declan McKenna

While some gardens are weird, wacky and wonderful at this year’s Bloom Festival, you can’t underestimate the power of colour and this garden has it in bags full.

The purple hue packs a powerful punch, and makes one want to sit, relax and enjoy the summer sun.




Bloom takes place in Dublin’s Phoenix Park from 28 May -1 June 2015. Click here for more details.

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