I was lucky enough to win tickets to Bloom this year so myself and my friend went along on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I loved the Grow it Yourself section. Some gorgeous displays there – especially the ‘Give Peas a Chance’ display.
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.
It was interesting to see ‘Tarzan’ there. Although on my part I was more excited to see 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!
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.
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.