Bloom in the Park 2016

Silver Gilt Medal awarded to our Bremore Medieval garden at Bloom in the Park 2016. You can find out more below. 

We at Fingal are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Gilt Medal in the Medium Garden Category for the Bremore Medieval Garden design at Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event ‘Bloom in the Park’  2016. 

Bloom in the Park 2016 Image Collage

Bord Bia’s Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, June 2 to Monday, June 6. Now a key feature of the June Bank Holiday Weekend, Bloom attracted more than 100,000 people last year. 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 and family entertainment.

Our entry this year features a re-constructed Medieval Garden from Bremore Castle, Balbriggan Co. Dublin.  The Medieval Garden is a collaboration project initiated by Fingal County Council in conjunction with the lecturers and students of the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown (ITB).

The medieval theme takes inspiration from the history of Bremore Castle, the area’s association with St Mologa, a Seventh Century Irish saint long renowned for beekeeping, and highlights the skills (in particular aspects of wood carving and stone building) which are the focus of the Local Training Initiative based here.  The design includes the use of recycled stone from the Bremore Castle site, local willow from Skerries for edges of raised beds, and Irish handmade grass bee hives (skeps). Having won a Silver Gilt medal and the Best in Show Award at last year’s Bloom, Fingal County Council is moving up in size by entering the Medium Gardens Category this year.

The garden build commenced on site in the Phoenix Park on Friday, May 13 and will take three weeks to complete.  Garden designer, Jane McCorkell, lecturer in horticulture at ITB and a seven times Gold medal winner at Bloom, has worked with her students on the design of the Bremore Castle Medieval Garden for Bloom 2016, while the show garden plants have been cultivated in the college's urban horticulture facility. 

Fingal County Council has worked closely with the Department of Horticulture at ITB for the past five years, providing a training ground for their students in Fingal County Council’s parks. Last year’s award winning entry was entitled "Beech Park Garden", a design representative of the former Shackleton family-owned Beech Park walled garden in Clonsilla Dublin 15. This entry won Silver gilt meadla and Best in Show in the Small Gardens category.

Here’s a preview  Bremore Castle Medieval Garden Presentation

See our Press Release for more information.