Bloom is Irelands largest garden festival held annually in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
It started with a series of ideas about how to make a space that would suit the needs of three generations both aesthetically and in terms of functionality and play in a medium sized garden 10x8metres.
A show garden, similar to a stage, sets the scene for potential use. Creating a series of focal points was important in keeping the viewer engaged in the space as they move around the busy show grounds.
Ideas about how to create a garden that can capture the theme of intergenerations passing on of shared knowledge and interests were explored.
A 3D mock up of the show garden.
The theme: It's an intergenerational garden where gardening methods, tastes and needs are shared and enjoyed over three generations.
Medicinal plants are interspersed with plants chosen for more aesthetic reasons. Banana skins are dug into the soil to enrich it, recycled rainwater pumps to the water feature /child's play area. Bee hives are located behind a screen of corten steel, allowing views in through the mesh that prompts the bees to fly high. Sculptural poles or 'chopsticks' house bird feeders with technology attached to track bird and monitor growth in the garden creating ‘Garden Metrics’ that can be published on the web.
The garden highlights how three generations interests and knowledge can enrich each other's lives.
The future: This was my first entry to the Bloom Garden Show and the design work was well received and approved by the GAG committee, but, and there's often a BUT - gaining sponsorship to achieve the build was another challenge altogether, one to be tackled again next year, June 2017.