18 Aug 2022

Louth garden designer wins fourth gold medal at Bord Bia Bloom

Bord Bia Bloom festival takes place from Thursday 2 June – Monday 6 June

Louth garden designer wins fourth gold medal at Bord Bia Bloom

The overall large show garden award was presented to Andrew Christopher Dunne for Hit Pause, The Caragh Nurseries Garden

On the opening morning of Bord Bia Bloom in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, seasoned show garden designer Andrew Christopher Dunne from Clogherhead in Louth took the coveted best in category award for large gardens, bringing his total gold medals at Bord Bia Bloom to four. The award was presented for his entry, Hit Pause, The Caragh Nurseries Garden.

Also from Louth, in the AOIFA Floral Art Competition, Candy Holten from Ardee received a Silver Gilt medal for her work "Another World".

Speaking about his overall large garden award, Andrew Christopher Dunne said, “Hit Pause is inspired by an appreciation for our gardens and outdoor spaces, which many of us discovered during the past two years. As we were forced to hit pause on our lives, it awakened a creativity within us and a passion for all things outdoors. This garden hopes to encourage this new-found enthusiasm by demonstrating some of the key principles of good design which can be employed in any space.”  

Many of the show gardens created at this year’s Bord Bia Bloom were designed to be accessible for amateur gardeners in order to provide those with a new-found interest in gardening with tips and tools to enhance their outdoor space. Andrew’s garden showcases a number of design principles to inspire gardeners, including simplicity of palette, repetition, and the use of colour, form and texture. 

Mike Neary, Director of Horticulture, Bord Bia said “As Bord Bia Bloom returns as an in-person event for the first time in three years, we are hugely encouraged by the calibre of new horticultural talent emerging alongside some of our incredibly creative and experienced show garden designers. The judges were hugely impressed by the attention to detail, quality of planting and sense of atmosphere created in this year’s displays.  
For many, more time spent at home over the last two years has resulted in a new-found appreciation for our outdoor spaces as we realised the benefits of gardening for our mental and physical wellbeing. This year’s gardens embrace this trend and celebrate the role of the garden as a place for relaxing and connecting with nature, while also providing an engaging outdoor room to entertain friends and connect with family.” 

Bord Bia Bloom continues in the Phoenix Park until Monday 6 June. The festival is set to attract over 100,000 visitors this year and features 19 show gardens, 9 postcard gardens, over 80 Irish food and drink producers, 18 plant nurseries, 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best-known chefs and some 130 retailers, all within a 70-acre site. 

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