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The SodShow – Dublin Garden Radio – 12 August

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

The The SodShow – Dublin Garden Radio – 12 August (mp3)

The SodShow – Fridays 3pm – 103.2 Dublin City Fm

Details on how to listen live and later below….

With thanks to this weeks guests

  • Joanne Lindsay Martin [Fundraising Officer] and Liam Doyle [Gardener] at The Peter McVerry Trust – they explain the work of the trust, the gardening facility and how to volunteer there as a gardener. Read more about my visit to the Peter McVerry Trust garden.

the sodshow garden radio podcast

*pic courtesy Murrion Software

Listen Later:

Listen Live:

  • Tune in: 103.2fm on your radio dial if you are in the Dublin area
  • Listen live online: every Friday 3pm via TuneIn.com – on your phone or desktop

Making Contact:

video courtesy @ray_keogh

Bloom 2010 – reviewed

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If you did read my post on Thursday, you would have got my recommendations for Bloom In The Park 2010. And so I went along again on Sunday and Monday.

The weather was cracking for most of Bloom, but the last two days meant the umbrella’s had to come out. But then, this is Ireland… That said, I did notice in contrast to Blooms first year a massive difference in the ‘dealing with Irish weather‘ facilities around the festival. Well done behind the scenes team.

The layout did change slightly to the main area outside the show gardens and for some I wondered why they had a prime pitch, with almost little or no relevance to horticulture. It was however a little easier to navigate than the year previous so maybe there’s method behind the decision. From a visitors perspective it was one I was glad of.

I did like the food area and the tasting and it was nice to see the forgotten crafts speaking taking place. I particularly enjoyed the Burren Smokehouse talk. I Never really knew what went into making a good smoked salmon. I do now. As a by the way, they sold out of every single piece of fish by 4pm on Monday.

To the right of that were some crafted outdoor displays which I felt delivered a nice message. Of note was the Wicklow Educate Together School Tin Man and the display for oil versus renewable energy. This replaced last years Obama replica vegetable garden. Very refreshing.

As always I don’t really like to comment on the gardens, as I’ve built and designed, been awarded medals and not…. That said I do recommend you read this post on building a show garden. It’s not easy 😉 I think I’m personally still suffering the aftermath of 2 years without a sponsor. Anyhow, you can comment, I won’t, but I will say the layout was good and quite relaxing walking around. Well done to all the sponsors and gardeners.

I didn’t make it to taste the crafted beers… but I did get to hear some of the bands in that area and it was great to see on Monday evening families dancing in the rain to a chorus of ‘Hello Mary Lou‘. Next door, the crafts area was nice and open and left places for people to sit and picnic. I also like the arts and crafts dotted throughout and the gentlemen singing acapella were amazing.

I thought the fact that speakers like Shawna Coronado from the U.S. were introduced was a great idea – I also believe her talks went down extremely well. Well done Shawna. [Also: my interview with Shawna Coronado]

There were suggestions that the food was well priced. On a different note, phone coverage and in particular internet phone coverage was poor. This I heard from too many people and from a meeting up point of view I only found afterwards that they’d been there. It also meant I couldn’t do live video’s and picture posting.

From speaking with Aidan Cotter and some of the Bord Bia team I believe numbers were up on last year which is great to hear. Aidan also queried whether I was returning to Bloom 2011 to build another show garden, with a twist difference…. I meant to ask him if there’s a chance of me getting partnered with a sponsor 😉

Overall, some say the direction has changed. Some say the garden judges were a little tougher this year. Others simply say Bloom 2010 has come along way in, what one should not forget, is just 4 years. All in all, I personally and sincerely enjoyed the show. Whether I go back in 2011 as a visitor or as a designer is a question I’ll need to answer soon. Either way, you will see me there.

Well done to all involved. Take a bow and when you find the time a well earned rest.

I’ll have some video’s and information to go up this week. You can also view my other images from Bloom 2010. I personally love this picture taken by my good friend Stephen 😉

What do you think….?


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Bloom 2010

As always you can rss the podcasts via iTunes or direct via audioboo

To all things Bloom, once again, I quote myself from last year:

To only mention the gardens is, maybe, what I should be doing…. but, as a garden builder and designer at Bloom – they are all [seriously] amazing and I simply can’t be pushed to just pick one. Anyone who designs and/ or builds a garden here is a genius in my eyes ;) I will however give an over view of the  entire Bloom experience & some of the interesting people I met on my sabbatical :lol:

My Recommended Bits And Bobs:

As per the podcast…. here are the links to those I mentioned

  • Shawna Coronado – she’s @shawnacoronado on twitter and will be in the garden expert area. A must see.
  • entertainment tent [#20 on the map]- ice creams!
  • imaginosity – loved it last year. Even better this year.
  • Craft demonstration area. Remember the blacksmith Michael Budd and Kathleen from the basket makers association – even more crafts this year.
  • Agriaware area – see the pics below
  • Chefs Kitchen. Nevin will be mobbed 😉
  • Go say hi to Dawn Ashton [she helped on my Niall Mellon gardeners day out] in her garden. All plants there were supplied by my good friend Pat Fitzgerald – remember him from last year…
  • Show times dates and how to get there are below the pics other than that see the bloom website
  • And finally – don’t forget to upload your pictures to the Pix.ie Bloom Group – where you can see the rest of my bloom images

How to get there:

Show times and dates:

  • friday 4th June 10am – 6pm
  • saturday 5th June 10am – 6pm
  • sunday 6th June 10am – 6pm
  • monday 7th June 10am – 6pm
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bloom ’09 caption competition winner….

To see the competition – click here.

To hear the winner announced…… watch the video!

A huge thanks to Dublins 98 fm Dave for picking the winner for me

[disclaimer: *all complaints should be directed to Dublins 98fm’s Dave Moore click here to read his blog terms and conditions and apply no Dj’s were harmed in the filming of this video* 😆 ]

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Bloom in US eh?

I received this email on Wednesday. What do you Think…?

To: info [at] doneganlandscaping [dot] com

Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:03 AM
Subject: High Quality Pictures of Bloom Show Gardens and Other Images of Irish Garden Design

Dear Designers,

Gary Graham will be making a number of presentations on Bloom at the Philadelphia Flower Show next week.  His primary objective is to encourage Americans with an interest in garden design and/or horticulture to come to Bloom in 2009 or in future years.

In addition to showing the Bloom DVD and some examples of other gardens (open to the public) he will show a number of examples of Bloom gardens.  He also wants to use the opportunity to profile some of the work of top Irish garden designers and create an awareness of the high standard of Irish garden design.  Photos that capture some of the local setting or context would also be of interest to the Americans e.g. country scenes, coastal gardens, cityscapes, gardens that contain plants worthy of merit, gardens that reflect our temperate climate, gardens with a view of this ‘broke but beautiful’ country , etc

If you have a number of photos (max of 6) that might tick the boxes for Gary please send them to me at this e-mail address by12:00 on Friday 27th February and I will pass them on.  Each photo should be accompanied by an extended caption or short description that Gary can use in his presentation.

With thanks in advance,