Park's in Bloom for festival -- and it's going to be a sizzler
Dublin is officially in 'Bloom'. The Herald was given a sneak peek at the garden lover's paradise in the Phoenix Park which will pull in crowds of up to 60,000 people.
And with the promise of a sweltering bank holiday on the way, this green-fingered party is certainly the place to be.
This years Gold Medal was scooped by Dublin couple Liat and Oliver Schurman for their piece To the Water's Edge.
It features a circular chill out area surrounded by water.
Also on display will be the festival's first international garden -- hailing from China. The Ire-Su garden will be moved to St Anne's Park in Raheny following its stint at Bloom.
But the festival isn't just about the flowers. Celebrities including Brendan Courtney, Sonya Lennon, Catherine Fulvio and Donal Skehan are set to give style tips and cooking demonstrations.
Bloom has always been a favourite among families and this year will see more features than ever available for children, who get in for free.
The Alice in Wonderland themed garden gives children nooks and crannies to explore, and gives adults the opportunity to indulge their inner child.
The Bloom Kids Zone sponsored by Hamleys will offer activities over the next five days including Teddy Bear picnics, life-size Connect Four and Jenga games, face painting and a kid's stage.
Tickets prices range from €10 to €20.