Bloom at Home 2020

Get some top tips, share your garden and win some fantastic prizes all from the comfort of your couch with Bloom at Home 2020

What is Bloom at Home?

Following Bloom outdoor event’s cancellation due to Covid-19, Bord Bia are encouraging the Irish people to come together to celebrate Bloom from their homes this June Bank Holiday weekend. It will take place on Sunday 31st of May and will feature talks and performances from gardening panels and live cooking demonstrations, which will all be streamed from Bord Bia’s social media platforms as well as their website

Bord Bia plan to showcase participants who take part in the festival every year including show garden designers, food and drink producers, chefs, charities and NGOs. They will provide advice across topics such as getting your garden ready for the Bank Holiday weekend, tasty recipes and how you can support exhibitors and charities that are being showcased which will all be showcased through Bloom’s social media channels.

How You Can Get Involved

People are encouraged to prepare their own plants, gardens, balconies and window boxes and to share them. You can get involved by simply posting an image from your garden on social media and using the hashtag: #BloomwithRTE. Bord Bia are also encouraging people to share some fun-filled videos of the different ways people are making use of their garden space this summer, or tips from their own gardening experiences.

From preparing vibrant flower beds and much-loved house-plants to creating a wildflower meadow at home, everyone can get involved. There’s even some great prizes up for grabs, not to mention being in with a chance to appear on the RTÉ Weather bulletins throughout all of Sunday!

Entries will be judged based on fun, colour, effort and community spirit. Bord Bia Bloom Show Manager Gary Graham outlines how everyone can and should get involved:

“Covid-19 has brought us many challenges but it has also given some us more time to experience the joy of gardening at what is the most exciting time of year for growing and planting. In May, when temperatures are on the up and frosty nights are rare, there is so much to do whatever your location, budget or skill set. A gardening project is a great way to fill your time at home and get your creative juices flowing. Try building a bug hotel and re-wilding an area for wildlife, or plant some pollinators and make some space for birds. We’re encouraging everyone, no matter what space they have available, to get out there and give it a go!”

We can’t wait to see how you all decide to get involved on Sunday- be sure to also share your entries with us here at CountryLife.

Get in Touch!

If you have any questions about Bloom at Home contact us on social media- @CountryLifeGC (Links in footer). If you have a specific problem such as pest damage it’s really helpful to send us a picture- we’d love to help!