Bloom 2011 was a totally different experience for me this year to last – in 2010 I was there for the first time as a visitor, this year as a volunteer. Carraig Dulra mentioned in their newsletter that they were looking for help to mana stand for the Bloom Garden Festival weekend, and as Suzie Cahn had so graciouslygranted me a few hours of her time discussing community gardening recently, Iwas happy to offer.
|(all pics taken on phone camera – it was a bright day!)|
My brief for the morning was to be able to talk to people about schoolgardens and edible forests. I hadn’t realised that the stand was to be a combined effort with The Organic Centre, Sonairte, Carraig Dulra and theBlackrock Education Centre. They were launching a recent initiative entitled SEED, a national network of organic centers in Ireland whoseaim is to promote and help with gardening in primary schools. Hundreds ofleaflets were distributed over the five day festival hoping to attract the attention of teachers, parentsand children.
As for meeting people… I really enjoyed showing the children and adultswho visited the stand the various seeds and plants, loved putting faces to names of those I’d met through socialmedia, chatting to friendly but tired stand holders and garden designers and even waved at President Mary Mc Aleese … Bring on Bloom 2012 -looking forward to it already.