Ideas to create your own dream garden at Bloom

By Orla McGoldrick
2 min read

Tobermore is delighted to support the Dream Garden project at Irelands Bord Bia Bloom gardening and lifestyle festival.

Bord Bia Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening and lifestyle festival and is now in its sixteenth year. The event will run from 2nd-6th June at Phoenix Park, Dublin.

‘Easy Steps to Dream Gardens’ is an initiative designed to help you plant your own show garden at home. Bord Bia has worked with seven Bloom award-winning show garden designers to create  garden designs that are suited to a different range of locations. Each garden design in the series comes with an easy-to-follow plan depending on your time, space and budget.

The garden designs are based on a garden size of 15 metres x 9 metres and have been designed for different aspects (e.g. north-, south-, east- and west-facing gardens) and include garden plans illustrating a variety of features, such as patios and seating areas.

This year two out of the seven Dream Gardens will be built at Bloom.

The Nature Enthusiasts Garden – designed by Jane McCorkell

Nature enthusiasts of all ages will love this south-west facing garden that is a haven for wildlife. This garden has been designed for a family of nature enthusiasts and will suit every age group.

Historic Flags in Slate
Historic Slabs in Slate

Jane McCorkell is a garden designer, landscape architect and landscape horticultural consultant. She has received many accolades for her, including seven gold medals at Bord Bia Bloom. Jane has worked with Tobermore for many years providing Landscape Design for Domestic and Professional customers.

The Shared Spaces Family Garden – designed by Nicola Haines

The west-facing garden is designed for a family with teenagers and young adults but can be tailored to suit any household.

The garden is designed in a series of layers with planting in the foreground, midground and background.

Braemar Flags in Alto Silver
Braemar Slabs in Alto Silver

Nicola Haines is a Partner in Tierney Haines Architects in charge of the Landscape Design department. She works on rural and urban gardens, both public and private, and has won two gold medals at Bord Bia Bloom.


The Bord Bia Bloom Festival runs from 2nd-6th June at Phoenix Park, Dublin. For tickets and further information see 

Find out more about the Dream Gardens initiative and download a Dream Garden design pack –

Need help with landscape design?

Our landscape design consultation service is available in a range of packages to suit all projects and budgets.

Orla McGoldrick

Orla is the Consumer Marketing Manager at Tobermore. Her role involves developing and delivering marketing campaigns for the retail market across NI/ROI and GB.

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