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The winners of this year’s Bloom In The Park Gardening Festival in County Dublin, Ireland have been announced and their gardening creations are stunning and magical. Over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the festival, and are sure to see some inspiring and creative garden works.
Inspiring and creative
Bloom In The Park, now in its ninth year of celebrating its garden festivals, has awarded 25 medals to the most inspiring and creative garden pieces yet. Overseen by a panel of international judges, they spent two days deliberating who would be awarded the gold medal. After much deliberation, Jane McCorkell claimed the top prize and the gold medal for her ‘Our Origin is Green’ garden.
The garden, which was inspired by a Celtic knot showing two dogs found in the Book of Durrow, has touches of Irish mythology mixed with modern accents and designs. Visitors will feel like going back in time when the Tuatha De Danann ruled the world, yet designs and landscapes are made of modern materials, which really showcases how McCorkell was able to blend the mythic and the modern. She received the highest accolades in the entire festival, winning as overall large garden winner.
McCorkell is just among the many that won medals during the festival. Another interesting garden is Niall Maxwell’s Pieta House Garden – Darkness into Light, which one first place in the Medium Garden contest. Whereas McCorkell allowed visitors a trip to the past, Maxwell showcases a more modern even, the garden featuring an image of Joe Caslin, the man behind the Yes Equality mural found on Dublin’s South Great Georges Street. The name itself is significant, its central theme being that of hope and healing in troubled times.
Brian Higgins, chief executive of Pieta House said that the garden is a ‘calm reflective space which captures so well the atmosphere we work hard to create in our therapy rooms.’
‘I’m also deluged to see Joe Caslin’s Mural on the wall,’ he adds, ‘a reminder to us to mind the men in our lives and symbolic of our ongoing Mind our Men Campaign.’
Other winners of the festival include Christopher White’s ‘The Emerald Isle’, The Mount Venus Nursery Display, and LiatSchurmann’s ‘Pan’ garden, which celebrates the upcoming movie, Pan, based on the classic Peter Pan books. The latter, in particular, uses clever and interesting designs and accents that can be used in any garden.
Gary Graham, the Bloom’s Show Manager said that ‘Each year, we are convinced that the standards of gardens cannot get any higher. However, once again, the designers have surpassed themselves.’
‘The creativity, vision, and intricate level of design that they have shown is truly outstanding.’