Sunday, June 06, 2010

Bloom 2010

Burts Bees garden

Crann Garden

More Burts Bees

School garden with Scarecrow

Great day at Bloom on Thursday. If you haven't been there yet, there's still a day to go - it's definitely worth it.

I arrived on Thursday, at 11:30 - opening time was 11:00am - there where huge queues to get in - lots of people arriving by bus. I made straight for the lost and forgotten skills area, where I heard a great talk by Tommy Osborne about killing pigs and making black pudding. Picked up a good tip for next week, when I hope to get some fresh blood form the pigs Joe is killing - adding a handful of salt to the bucket before the blood goes in will keep it liquid.

Then a quick look round all the gardens , and got ready for my talk at the GIY Ireland show garden (which was deservedly awarded a silver medal).

Show gardens I liked - Fiann O'Nualainn other garden ( he also designed the GIY garden), the Burts Bees garden, and the one with the ducks.

The Crann garden was not so beautiful, but made a great point. they had trees and other plants, planted through a much of cardboard. We did something similar in the school with willow, so I can show the students that we are doing the same as some forward thinking garden designers!

Met Suzie Cahn from Carrig Dulra - she was showing a school garden which she created in 2 weeks - good work Suzie!

Had a picnic lunch, delivered my talk - which was well received, and got a few chuckles in the appropriate places.

Had a great walk around the OPW walled garden - to be honest, this kind of permanent garden wows me much more than show gardens - the plants look a lot more natural. I was dead envious of the corn.

Over the years, Bloom has changed from being all about gardens to being a good balance between gardens and food. This is reflected in the gardens - lots had veg growing, and the artisan produce on sale is fabulous. I stocked up on a good few items - Annaharvey mini cakes, smoked sausages, strawberries, juice, and noticed that the Soul Bakery had very little bread left by 3:30pm. It's great to see such wonderful food being produced, and consumers snapping it up!

There's lots for kids to do - and the craft displays are excellent too. A real smith in operation, with real blacksmiths! I may have to bring the boys back tomorrow!

I took loads of photos, but I was using my iPhone, so they could be better. If you'd like to see some wonderful images, Bord Bia organised a photowalk, and the photos are on pixie. Check them out.

And only noticed the fantastic sculpture at the entrance on my way out ...



At 9:09 a.m., Blogger Cath said...

Wow Anna
Congrats on the talk at Bloom - it all sounds great - pity we couldn't make it but Martin's cherries now in their final week. Very exciting. Our garden is coming on and just having the last of the purple sprouting broccoli with the new spinach with pineapple for a great juice.

See you


At 4:35 p.m., Blogger Cliff W said...

Was there on Saturday morning but couldn't stay for very long unfortunately. Completely agree with you ref the naturalness of the OPW kitchen garden.

Everything else will be cancelled so I can spend all day at Bloom 2011!

Here, peas and beans are looking mighty. Will be having pea green soup until Christmas - good for the diet anyway ;)

At 8:37 p.m., Blogger Anna Bee said...

Here's to Bloom 2011! Enjoy your peas and beans - worst scenario is that they dry in the pod, and you have pea and ham soup all winter...


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