Leitrim Garden Designer to Bloom in Phoenix Park

Leonie Cornelius' 'ALove Letter to the North West' will feature at Bloom 2013.
Bord Bia is delighted to announce that a submission by Fivemilebourne Garden Designer Leonie Cornelius has been given the Bloom judge’s seal of approval and will feature at the Bloom 2013 festival this June bank holiday.

Bord Bia is delighted to announce that a submission by Fivemilebourne Garden Designer Leonie Cornelius has been given the Bloom judge’s seal of approval and will feature at the Bloom 2013 festival this June bank holiday.

The event – which attracted some 80,000 visitors last year - will take place at the Phoenix Park in Dublin from Thursday May 30th to Monday June 3rd.

Leonie, based in Fivemilebourne, was awarded a Gold Medal at Bloom last year. She returns this year with a Medium Garden called ‘A Love letter to the North West’ which is an homage to the west of Ireland. The design offers a modern, personal take on the joy of living in this beautiful part of the world and aims to capture the spirit and atmosphere to be found in the calm deep waters, unique wild planting and gentle woodlands.

The hugely popular Bord Bia Food Village will once again offer visitors the opportunity to sample some of the finest artisan foods produced around the country. At the Bord Bia Quality Kitchen stage, we’ll be joined by some of Ireland’s best loved chefs with live cooking demonstrations from the likes of Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Martin Shanahan and Donal Skehan, among others. Meanwhile, fans of craft beer and whiskey will enjoy a visit to the ‘Bloom Inn’ and cheese lovers will appreciate that Bloom will host the Irish Cheese Awards for the first time this year.

Because it’s a family event, kids go free to Bloom and there will be a variety of entertainment options for all the family to enjoy including music and a dedicated children’s play zone with games and activities.

A new feature from Active Retirement Ireland will include fitness and exercise displays, an outdoor bowls green, bird box making and flower arranging. In-keeping with tradition, the Bloom showgardens will be complemented by a spectacular floral pavilion, featuring displays of the best of Irish flowers and plants while leading experts in the horticulture, gardening and floristry industries will appear on the Garden Expert Stage.

Other new features this year include an expanded ‘concept garden space’ allowing garden designers to explore creative ideas, ‘postcard garden exhibitions’ created by community garden groups from all around Ireland and a Botanical Art Exhibition.

A number of local areas in the county are organising busses to attend the event.

Tickets are on sale at www.bloominthepark.com