Limerick student secures bronze for ‘wild and green’ creation

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A STUDENT from Limerick city was amongst those who scooped an award at Bloom 2011 - Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival - which took place in Dublin over the Bank Holiday weekend.

A STUDENT from Limerick city was amongst those who scooped an award at Bloom 2011 - Bord Bia’s gardening, food and family festival - which took place in Dublin over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Aoife Power, who is originally from Raheen and who is studying Landscape Architecture at UCD, teamed up with her fellow students, Leanne Brennan and Ruth Turpin, to create a show-garden for the event which attracted 90,000 visitors.

The garden, which was entitled “Wild & Green” won a bronze medal following the judging process.

According the judges it captured the essence of a wild and green landscape in a small urban garden space.

The creators of the garden say the use of reflective materials throughout the garden was designed maximise the garden space.

Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia, praised all of those who created gardens for the event, which was staged at the visitors centre in the Phoenix Park.

“The spirit that had lifted the nation in recent weeks was once again in evidence among almost 90,000 visitors who came to witness and applaud the magic and creativity of our garden designers, of our artisan food producers, and our craftsmen and women who remind us of the richness of resource that resides within and around us,” he said.

President of Ireland and Patron of Bloom, Mary Mc Aleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese visited the 27 showgardens during the event, meeting the designers and members of the public.

Bord Bia has announced that Bloom 2012 will take place from Thursday May, 31 to Monday June, 4.