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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Green-fingered fashionistas are in for a Blooming treat

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Soar above Peter Pan's Neverland, sup pints of bubbling craft beer or channel your inner Kylie Jenner and sashay down a floral runway.

The 2015 Bloom Festival is set to be the biggest to date with over 106,000 people expected to made a bee line for the Phoenix Park this bank holiday weekend.

After weeks of pruning and pottering, the 25 show gardens will be unveiled today and they are a beautiful, eclectic mix.

There are gardens inspired by Nairobi villages, fashion shoots and WB Yeats' secret garden on the lake isle of Innisfree.

Footfall, designed by Hugh Ryan, will be a hit with green-fingered fashionistas - the black and white garden is filled with 144 pairs of stiletto heels.

The husk of a sailing ship breaches the surface of the Atlanic Youth Garden, while the Pan Garden encourages visitors to peer over Neverland as Captain Hook's ship the Jolly Roger floats by in the sky.

The festival is full of gastronomic delights with Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, and brothers David and Stephen Flynn whipping up tasty treats.

At Saison's beer garden, designer Breffni McGeough wanted to show punters how to create their very own micro brewery at home. It's also the perfect place to enjoy a few sneaky pints in the midday sun.

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Beauty Full should be a hit with make-up junkies, the picturesque space is filled with plants that not only smell delightful, some can be used as beauty products and even remove the toughest waterproof mascara on the market.

But by far the most whimsical garden is Yeats' Secret Garden from the Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Show starts 9am today until Monday.

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