Bloom

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Garden enthusiasts at Bloom in 2016. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Bloom’s Grand Pavilion is the place where you’ll find hordes of the country’s hardcore plantaholics dedicatedly scouring the handsome displays of spec(...)

Visitors to Phoenix Park can appreciate the impressive beauty and productivity of the Ashtown Victorian kitchen garden. Photograph: Richard Johnston

In a world where many of us don’t have the space or opportunity to garden in the traditional sense, it’s our public parks that provide that vital nour(...)

James Purdy who won the Overall Medium Garden category with his design Podscape at the Bloom Festival. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Bloom festival has announced a record number of gold medals have been awarded at the garden show in Dublin on Thursday. President Michael D Higgins (...)

Garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne with his children Adam, Sam and Jack and wife Carly Dunne in his Bloom  garden – the Savills Garden “Face to Face”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s biggest garden event, Bloom, proudly celebrates its 10th birthday this week with a show that features 23 show gardens and displays by many o(...)

The houses on Ardlui Park, just off Blackrock’s Newtownpark Avenue, were built in the 1950s and 1960s, “just before people got greedy”, says the ow(...)

Lamb Lady Gaga mmets President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina.

Ireland, the best small country in the world in which to be a president. That’s what President Michael D Higgins must have thought after his annual fo(...)

Eats anything, loves kids. So does the dog

‘Kevin. Stop annoying the Vikings,” a mother chastised her son last Sunday morning at Wicklow Arts Festival, as hairy marauders rubbed sleep from t(...)

Allen Garrard: he now employssix people and is moving tobigger premises

“Rain stopped play” is a familiar term to cricketers but it will also strike a chord with Irish gardeners and bar enthusiasts who have cooked one too (...)

We will fly them on the beaches . . .

Do you know what the German for rose is? It’s rose. Not half as interesting a Friday Fact as talkie-walkie being the French translation of “walkie-tal(...)

Visitors to Bloom in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, yesterday reflected in the pond of one of the show gardens.  Photograph: David Sleator

President Michael D Higgins was in his element when he opened the Bloom gardening festival in the Phoenix Park in Dublin today. No flower was safe fro(...)

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