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dublin The Oxfam Ireland and GOAL Garden – A World Beyond Walls

Maxwell, received the Best Concept Garden award for creating a vibrant, social garden space to highlight the need for tolerance and acceptance in an increasingly divided world. The Best Planting Award went to garden designer Alan Rudden for the Savills Urban Retreat garden which shows how a stunning green retreat can be created to address the twin challenges of space and privacy. Meanwhile, additional awards across the show included Kells Bay Nursery from Cahersiveen in Kerry – Best Nursery; County Wexford Garden and Flower Club received Best Postcard Garden; Floral Artist, Maeve Duke from Rathfarnham was awarded Best in Show in the AOIFA Floral Art Competition and Shevaun Doherty from Sandyford in Dublin 18 received Best in Show in the Botanical and Floral Art Competition. Speaking about the awards, Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s festival manager said, “Before Bloom opened its doors to the public each of the show gardens, nursery displays, floral artistry and postcard gardens were adjudicated

over two days by an independent panel of judges. We are delighted to be awarding more than 100 awards this morning which is testament to the high standard of garden design, nursery and floral artistry available in Ireland. After more than 30 days building the site here in the Phoenix Park, we are excited to finally be able to share these stunning displays with the public.” The judging panel for Bloom 2017 comprised of 14 Irish and international horticultural experts, who awarded more than 100 awards to show garden designers, amateur postcard garden designers; nurseries and floral artists including 28 Gold, 18 Silver Gilt, 21 Silver and 21 Bronze medals. According to Bord Bia, plans and preparations are already well underway for Bloom 2018, with many showgardens, sponsors and designers already signed up. Bloom 2018 will take place from Thursday, May 31st to Monday, June 4th 2018.

The Landscaper | Issue 218 | June 2017