Bord Bia Bloom set to return

President Higgins and Mrs Higgins at Bord Bia Bloom in 2019. (Pic: Fennell Photography)

Ireland’s favourite gardening and lifestyle festival, Bord Bia Bloom, is returning to the Phoenix Park, Dublin, from June 2nd to June 6th. Now in its sixteenth year, the festival returns to a physical event following two successful virtual #BloomAtHome events.

With consumer spend on gardening reaching a record €1.2bn in 2020, the event is a fantastic opportunity for the Irish horticultural industry to continue to engage with both new and experienced gardeners who embraced green spaces and gardening during successive lockdowns.

Postcard Garden for community groups

Bord Bia has also announced that entries are now open to gardening and community groups from all over to apply for the popular Postcard Gardens category at Bord Bia Bloom. The Postcard Gardens are small but perfectly formed 3m x 2m plots that can be used to represent a club, locality or special person from a community.  

Gardening clubs, community groups, schools and resource centres can all apply to enter a Postcard Garden and each year a wide range of themes, including mental health, climate change and children’s literature to name a few, are brought to life through the use of plants, creative design and woodwork.

Kerrie Gardiner, Bord Bia Bloom Show Garden Manager said: “The Postcard Gardens are a personal favourite of mine! They offer aspiring gardening groups who may have honed their skills during lockdown a chance to demonstrate their talents, while also inspiring the public to get involved and experience the many benefits of gardening.”

For more information on the Postcard Gardens and to download an application form, visit The closing date for applications is March 2nd.