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Bloom in the Park 2017

Teagasc award winning Garden of Hope in association with Pieta House exhibit at Bloom 2017

Bloom Garden

The Teagasc Garden of Hope provides a peaceful space for spiritual renewal, reflection and ease. A sense of intimacy is enhanced by the circular format used throughout. 

The circular form encourages contemplation and walking to relieve stress in a calm and secure setting. A fusion of planting, sophisticated colours and changing water flow creates an uplifting space in which to pause and replenish one’s well-being. The garden aims to evoke serenity and a connection with nature to raise the spirit. The positive contribution of Pieta House is recognised universally and is celebrated through the creation of this garden. Darkness into Light, which is the main tenet of the charity Pieta House, will be represented through the colour scheme of the planting. Following Bloom, a modified design of the garden will move to a permanent home at one of the Pieta House centres.

Teagasc horticulture is represented by Teagasc Horticulture Development Department (HDD), the College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny. Teagasc plays a major key role in horticultural research, advisory and education in Ireland.  The Horticulture Development Department deals with the advisory and research function while education is conducted at the two main Horticultural Colleges, the College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens and Kildalton College in Co. Kilkenny. Developing a show garden at Bloom 2017 was an appealing challenge on two fronts; it afforded Teagasc the opportunity to combine our horticultural talents from across the organisation to deliver a show garden; it gave us the opportunity to work with and support Pieta house by designing and delivering ‘Teagasc Garden of Hope’. Our Teagasc designers, Laura CassinLouise Jones and Linda Murphy combined their talents to come up with the design and have enlisted the expert help of Teagasc landscape construction specialist Paddy Smith and horticultural staff and students from across the organisation to deliver the final garden at Bloom.

Bloom 2017  will run for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, 1st to Monday 5th. The show continues to grow each year and is now widely regarded as Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors last year.

The 'Garden of Hope' design

'Garden of Hope' plants

Dark outer:
Allium 'Purple Sensation'
Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’
Aquilegia ’Black Barlow’
Geranium phaeum ’Raven’
Iris ’Kilmurry Black’
Ophiopogon ‘Black Beard’
Rodgersia ’Chocolate Wings’
Dryopteris atrata
Arum lily
Sambucus nigra
Buxus sempervirens
Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'


Light inner: Alstromeria ’Apollo'
Allium ‘Everest’
Aquilegia ’White Barlow’
Astrantia major ’Shaggy’
Dryopteris ’The King’
Iris ’Snow Queen’
Lupin ‘Noble Maiden’
Orlaya grandiflora
Verbascum ‘Flush of White’
Stipa arundinacea
Heuchera ’Limelight’

Featured trees

Prunus serrula 'Branklyn'

Acer palmatum


“Light to Hope” by Michele Hannan , Website www.michelehannan.com

Commissioned through www.gardensculptures.ie


Saigon blue limestone sets

Resin Bound gravel surfacing – Addaset ( by Redlough Landscapes)

Water feature container

RS Engineering, Townspark Industrial Estate, Athboy, Co Meath

Message on the garden walls

'Once you choose hope, anything is possible'

"It gets brighter with every step I take"