Local garden nursery scoops silver medal at Bloom

Posted on: 7th July, 2014

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

Future Forests in Bantry are one of six Cork businesses to take home an award from this year’s Bloom, scooping a silver medal at the Bord Bia annual garden, food and family festival.

“We are delighted to have won a Silver medal at Bloom,” says Maria Collard of Future Forests. “We really enjoyed taking part in such a great show and its great to be recognized for all the hard work.”

Cork based designer, Ingrid Swan, scooped gold for her concept garden ‘The Garden of Sculptures’, which allows visitors to discover the incredible talent of Irish sculptors in a completely unique setting.

The highly experienced and renowned team of Bloom judges, led by head judge Andrew Wilson, award winning garden designers and Chief Assessor for the RHS for show gardens, spent over two days meticulously observing and deliberating before announcing the anticipated results this morning. The judging panel awarded a total of 22 medals to show garden designers including; seven gold, six silver gilt, seven silver and two bronze.

Awards were also given to two Cork Postcard garden showgardens Future Orchard Trust and Blarney Castle who were both awarded with ‘Commended’ for their gardens. Seven postcard gardens entered this year by local garden clubs and societies around the country.

Following the medal presentation this morning, Gary Graham, Bloom Show Manager, Bord Bia said “Once again we have been blown away by the standard of gardens at Bloom this year. The designers have shown great imagination, skill and dedication in producing their breath-taking creations. From

peaceful havens, lush and colourful wetlands to inspiration from none other than Mrs Brown herself, the gardens deliver not just visually, but emotionally in both the ‘concept’ and ‘show garden’ categories. I would like to thank and congratulate all of the designers on a truly fantastic job well done.”

Further medals were awarded to Cork’s Ballyrobert Cottage Nursery from Ballyclare who were awarded silver, and Blackwater Floral Nursery from Mallow who were awarded a bronze medal all in the floral and nursery marquees.

Now in its eighth year, this year’s show featured 30 breathtaking show gardens, over 120 Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, more than 25 cookery demonstrations and almost 200 retailers, all within a 70 acre site.

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