Bloom 2016

Room with a view

I was lucky enough to win tickets to Bloom this year so myself and my friend went along on Friday.

Happy Birthday Bloom!

Bloom is a huge garden festival held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin every year. It’s not just about gardening though. There is live music, loads for the kids to see and do, a craft village, food demos, a huge food village, floral displays and so much more.

Phoenix Park

The sun was beating down as we made our way from Hueston Station on the free shuttle bus. We were lucky to be on an open-topped double-decker – what a way to see the Phoenix Park in all it’s glory.

Picnic in the park

Bloom was buzzing – and not just with bees! There were people everywhere and a wonderful friendly atmosphere. People were taking advantage of the wonderful weather by relaxing by the music stage on giant bean bags.


It was all too much for some.

Food Village

The food village was fabulous. You’d never realise how many amazing food and drink providers and manufacturers we have here in Ireland. I was especially pleased to see The Happy Pear, they even had vegan sandwiches on offer – which is a very rare find. I also have to give a mention to Keeling’s strawberries – they were delicious.

Give Peas a Chance

I loved the Grow it Yourself section. Some gorgeous displays there – especially the ‘Give Peas a Chance’ display.

bloom 2016

Now to the show gardens. They were beautiful, every one of them. The amount of work and thought that went into them must have been something else. I’d love any of them as my garden. The only downside for me was it was very hard to take decent photos with the amount of people there. The gardens are roped off so you can’t get into them and everyone was crowding around for a look – but hey first world problems on my part. If I win tickets next year I will get the early morning train.

Him Tarzan. Me not Jane

It was interesting to see ‘Tarzan’ there. Although on my part I was more excited to see Ryan Tubridy!

Ryan Tubridy

There were all kinds of things you could buy including plants, food, garden implements but also crafts, books and even clothes and jewellery. What I loved is that there were places where you could leave your purchases so you didn’t have to be lugging them around with you. I also loved the water stands were you could fill up your water bottles free of charge. There were also a lot of Bloom Ambassadors on hand to answer any questions or even take photos. Bloom had thought of everything!

Bloom Ambassadors

I’d highly recommend a visit to Bloom. Even if you aren’t a gardener. It’s a wonderful festival and fun for all the family. You can see all my photos from the day here.

1916 Postcard garden

Bloom is 10 this year – so happy birthday! It’s on for the remainder of the June bank holiday weekend and you can find out more here. 


5 thoughts on “Bloom 2016

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  1. Best time to see the gardens for photos is after 4 pm. The main surge of people is between 1 pm and 3 pm, but each day quickly went quiet after 4 pm and you can really take your time looking at the gardens.

    One reason Claire and I performed after 4 pm is because people were more relaxed and taken their time, son hung around as amazing audiences. The sunlight also at its best then for photos. Been an amazing 4 days of weather, but does look a bit dodgy tomorrow, Monday.

    1. I headed back to get the 5pm train. In an ideal world I’d stay up for the night. I’ve always wanted to see the Phoenix Park deers. Maybe one year.

      1. First day, just me, and I thought the public transport and shuttle bus were chaos on Thursday so I walked through the park to get a 46A bus. On the way saw one deer :-). … but too far away to get a pic 🙂

  2. Even so, Val, you captured the spirit and fun of what was going on during your time there 🙂

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