Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Kildare South Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon T.D. has hailed a weekend of success for Kildare contestants at Bord Bia Bloom taking place in the Phoenix Park until Monday 3 June.
In the centrepiece Show Gardens, a Brigid 1500 Commemorative Garden, designed by Heritage Design Group, supported by Brigid 1500 won a Bronze Medal for concept while the Citroën Floating Lounge Garden, designed by Joe Eustace from Newbridge won the Gold Medal and Best in Category for a medium sized garden.
Minister Heydon who has responsibility within the Department of Agriculture for Bord Bia said: “It was a privilege to be able to visit Bloom yesterday and see first-hand the incredible designs created by Joe Eustace and the Heritage Design Group. The Brigid 1500 Commemorative Garden was striking and a fitting homage to Kildare’s patron Saint in this special year. Joe’s Floating Garden was eye-catching and will no doubt attract a lot of attention over the weekend.”
In the Postcard Garden section, Kyle’s Dunne’s fifth class from St Brigid’s primary school in Kildare town picked up a Certificate of Distinction for their garden “The Cloak and the Oak” which also celebrates the legend of St Brigid.
Minister Heydon said: “I want to congratulate Kyle Dunne and the pupils for all the hard work they put in over the last few months to bring their amazing garden to life. The passion of Mr Dunne was infectious and it was heart-warming to hear how involved and engaged all the pupils were with the project.”
Minister Heydon also met John Dooley from Castledermot who was declared as the winner of this year’s RTÉSuperGarden competition with his entry titled “Back to the Future”.
“John’s garden was captivating in appearance and in concept. The colours and design were further enhanced by John’s love for the project and the heartwarming story behind the garden as featured on the SuperGarden programme.
“I would urge anyone with a flair or passion for gardens to get to Bloom this weekend to see all the wonderful entries from Kildare and further afield,” Minister Heydon concluded.