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Teagasc at Bloom 2023 - Planting Knowledge, Cultivating Growth

The Teagasc horticulture exhibit at Bloom ‘Planting Knowledge, Cultivating Growth’ highlights Teagasc’s role in supporting the horticulture sector and other crop and plant based sectors. Visitors who are interested in plants can engage with Teagasc staff and access the plant list for the extensive plant displays. We have six sub themes on the Teagasc exhibit, which offer something to interest everyone, so we invite you to drop by and say hello. We would be delighted to meet you!

Teagasc at Bloom 2023 - Planting Knowledge, Cultivating Growth
Teagasc staff pictured at the Teagasc horticulture ‘Planting Knowledge, Cultivating Growth’ exhibit at Bloom 2023. The Teagasc staff pictured from left to right are: Ewen Mullins, Brian McGuinness and Casey Ormsby (front row); Yvonne Maher, Deirdre Walsh, Dónall Flanagan and Grace Kiernan (middle row); Chris Heavey, Orla O’Halloran, Dermot Callaghan, John Mulhern, James Brady, Paul Butler, Eamon Kealy and Oliver Sheridan (back row).

Our paperless exhibit features the following six attractions www.teagasc.ie/bloom23

Horticulture Development Department: Looking at new ways to control old foes, the exhibit will display a range of research and advisory supports to the horticulture sector and emphasise work underway by Teagasc to manage pest and disease in horticultural crop production utilising modern methods of early pest detection and control of some common pests. 

Horticulture Education: With a focus on lifelong learning, Teagasc education will provide expert one to one information and guidance on how people can start and progress their learning journey in Horticulture.  Teagasc colleges have proven pathways, which cater to people from a myriad of different backgrounds and experiences to progress from Certificate to Degree level.

The Food waste challenge: Showcases Teagasc research to reduce food waste.  Irish households generate a large amount food waste every year.  Our exhibit will show how food waste could be reduced with new packaging formats and food planning. 

Valuing our native flora and fauna: The Irish landscape provides a rich variety of natural, cultural and built heritage.  This exhibit outlines a range of relevant Teagasc resources that address farmland biodiversity and the Irish countryside. The value of our native Irish flora and fauna to help biodiversity is a key theme.  Allowing space for nature and favouring native plants will form part of the discussion.

Visitors to the Teagasc forestry exhibit at Bloom 2023 will be able to explore the many benefits of trees and forests, whether in our gardens or in our wider landscape.  From individual specimen trees in the garden, to sweet-smelling blossoms of hedgerow species and to the majesty of a woodland setting, the benefits of trees are numerous and inspiring.

Plant Protein: Diversifying what we eat, what can plant protein do?  Heightened societal awareness is driving a change in attitudes towards sustainable, alternative sources of dietary protein.  This exhibit will outline current work Teagasc researchers are undertaking in the area of protein from plants. 

This year the Teagasc Bloom exhibit will include, in addition to the main exhibit, three demonstrations or talks each day over the five days of the event.  A flavour of the demonstrations include; Unlocking the Secrets of Plant Propagation; Easy Plant Identification for Everyone; Add a Splash of Colour to Your Space; Bring the Beauty of Ireland's Blooms Indoors; Edible Flowers and How to Grow Them!. Full details of the programme at www.teagasc.ie/bloom23 .

Photo of the Teagasc Stand at Bloom 2023

The Teagasc horticulture ‘Planting Knowledge, Cultivating Growth’ exhibit at Bloom 2023

Dermot Callaghan, Head of Teagasc Horticulture Development Department said: “The importance of the Horticulture sector in terms of fruit, vegetable and plant production has never been more in focus.  Our theme ‘Planting Knowledge, Cultivating growth’ encapsulates the range of research, advisory and education services Teagasc provides related to Horticulture and the wider crop and plant based sectors.  We are delighted to be associated again with this flagship horticulture event and look forward to engaging with Bloom visitors on our shared common interest in food and plants.”

Principal at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, John Mulhern said; “Teagasc Horticulture education offers quality assured, proven and adaptable ways of learning for people who want to establish and progress a career in the industry. Kildalton Horticultural College in Kilkenny and the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin are well positioned with excellent indoor and extensive outdoor classroom facilities and dedicated staff for continuous learning.  Teagasc has a very strong partnership with the South East Technological University for the delivery of the degree in Horticulture at both locations also.  The forthcoming Horticulture apprenticeships in Sportsturf and Applied Horticulture, which have been led by Teagasc and the industry, will provide much needed opportunities for new entrants, current employees and employers in the Horticulture sector.  We welcome all queries on education and training opportunities at our stand in Bloom 2023.”