Paraic Horkan at Bloom in the Park 2016 for TV3

Paraic Horkan on TV3 – Bloom 2016

show-gardens-1-big-imageBloom in the Park 2016 is now open and will be running until Bank Holiday Monday, every day from 9 am until 6 pm. With 23 show gardens and something for all the family to see, there is over 100,000 people expected, making this the biggest and best Bloom yet!

Horticulturist Paraic Horkan takes a look at some of his favourite gardens for TV3’s Ireland:AM.

One of Paraic’s favourite gardens this year is the ‘Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin’ garden. Designed by Kieran Dunne and Anthony Ryan, this show garden features some beautiful planting with a great range of Irish plants on display, including a new variety of Irish grown rose, called ‘For Your Eyes Only’. This garden is a stunning example of some of the beautiful plants grown and developed right here in Ireland.
The inspiration for this garden was outdoor living spaces, Kevin Dunne wanted to create a garden that we could all create in our own gardens: somewhere that acts as a couples retreat, a tranquil getaway right in your own garden!

Next, Paraic spoke to James Purdi, designer of the ‘Podscape’ Garden. In this garden the building takes centre stage and is surrounded by beautifully scented planting. ‘How can we better live and relax with our everyday environment’ provided the inspiration for this structure, and the plants that James chose really do help you feel immersed in nature while inside the structure. This garden is a wonderful example of how we can integrate indoor and outdoor spaces to work harmoniously together.

Serene Sanctuary, a beautifully designed garden by Alan Coffee, takes its inspiration from the idea of the garden as a sanctuary. This is a wonderfully quiet and contemplative space. The garden incorporates a water curtain, a beautifully bespoke water feature, that is not to be missed. Different textures, colours, and even sounds, help to make this garden into a relaxing and tranquil getaway from the outside world.

Finally, Paraic spoke to Alan Rudden, designer of the ‘Living La Vida’ garden. Alan traveled to Chile, home of Santa Rita, for his inspiration for this garden. Featuring plenty of sunny and shaded spots, there is a large emphasis on areas to relax. Chileans love to dine Al fresco so this garden was designed to be a place to entertain and relax. This garden features many edible plants such as olive trees, grape vines, and mandarins, perfectly representing the Chilean’s love of food and of eating Al Fresco. ‘Living La Vida’ also has many wonderful plants such as the flowering bougainvillea, which looks simply stunning in full bloom.

These are 4 of Paraic’s favourite gardens, but there are 19 more show gardens and 7 postcard gardens, so there is plenty more to see! Bloom festival also features a host of activities including live music, children’s entertainment and panel discussions and is guaranteed to be a wonderful family day out. And remember, children are free!

Paraic Horkan will be presenting at Bloom on Sunday the 5th of June. He will be giving a talk on the Garden Expert Stage at 12.30, and again at 2.30. He will talking about how to add instant colour to your garden, particularly with pots, containers and hanging baskets. So make sure and book your tickets to Bloom now!

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