Tipperary garden designer Erika to bloom this June

Tipperary Garden Designer, Erika Reeves will be designing and creating a showgarden for Bloom, Ireland’s leading flower, food and family festival which takes place this June bank holiday weekend. Bloom 2012 will take place from Thursday, May 31 to Monday June 4 at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Last year’s event was a huge success with a record 90,000 visitors over the five day event.

Tipperary Garden Designer, Erika Reeves will be designing and creating a showgarden for Bloom, Ireland’s leading flower, food and family festival which takes place this June bank holiday weekend. Bloom 2012 will take place from Thursday, May 31 to Monday June 4 at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Last year’s event was a huge success with a record 90,000 visitors over the five day event.

Erika,from Carrick-on-Suir, who write a gardening column for The Nationalist, is creating The Cystic Fibrosis Garden in Association with CF Ireland at Bloom 2012. The garden has been designed to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland and will strive to symbolize the symptoms of CF while at the same time reflecting the research and ground breaking treatments which are being developed for suffers of Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. Plants chosen for the garden are all indicative of the Irish landscape and the garden will feature thirty seven steel arches that have been constructed by Jim Fitzpatrick Engineering.

Speaking of Bloom 2012 Gary Graham, Bloom Show Manager, Bord Bia said - “It is exciting to be preparing for our sixth annual Bloom this June Bank holiday weekend. We have 27 outstanding and unique gardens in the pipeline for the event. This year our designers have been inspired by sustainability, the micro economy, education, nature, art and popular culture to create a wonderland of inspiration and beauty for visitors to the event.”

Key features for Bloom 2012 include the return of the Food Village, which was a hugely successful new feature in Bloom 2011. This year’s Food Village will be even bigger and visitors will have the opportunity to consume the best of Irish food and drink and purchase top quality Irish produced food from within the market area. Among other features, it will host Ireland’s largest food market with over 60 artisan food stalls, the Bloom Inn and the Chef’s Summer Kitchen Stage where some of Ireland’s favorite and best known chef’s will demonstrate throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now and intending visitors are encouraged to book early for discounted rates by visiting www.bloominthepark.com

Follow Bloom 2012 on www.facebook.com/bloominthepark and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #Bloom2012.