Calling Sligo Gardeners

Calling all Creative Amateur Gardeners to apply for Bloom!

Bord Bia’s Bloom festival returns this June bank holiday weekend from 30th May to 3rd June in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. With planning more than underway, Bloom is now calling for people to submit entries for the popular Postcard Garden category. Postcard Gardens offer passionate, amateur gardeners, garden clubs, community and GIY groups a chance to showcase their talents to over 100,000 visitors attending the event.

The Bloom Postcard Gardens consist of small but perfectly formed 3m x 2m plots which can be used to represent club locality or a special person or character from a community.  Last year, pupils from Villierstown National School in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford received ‘Best in Show’ for their Postcard Garden which told the story of a hurling game temporarily stopped to allow players to look for a sliotar somewhere in the futuristic Dromana Gate Garden.

Kerrie Gardiner, Bloom Show Garden Manager said, “Personally, I love the postcard gardens and the energy they bring to Bloom.  They are a great way to showcase the various skills of the participants, and it’s not just about gardening; woodwork, art and sewing (to name a few) find their way into the gardens each year and it’s this diversity that make the postcard gardens such a popular attraction at the show.”

The Postcard Garden application form can be downloaded from and the closing date to apply is the 1st of March 2019.

Bloom, Bord Bia’s annual showcase of the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry will once again feature a range of impressive show gardens, food features, music, fashion, lively debate and family entertainment. With Early Bird tickets on sale until the 28th of February, buy yours today at, and remember, children go free!

Follow Bloom on and join the conversation on Twitter @bloominthepark and @bordbia and Instagram via @bloomfestival.

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