Exhibitors hail industry focus at Dublin's Bloom 2010

Exhibitors have praised the industry-focused Bloom 2010, where Irish-grown plants were a key theme.

Easy Garden sales manager Tom Summerville said of the fourth Board Bia-run show: "It is a very positive thing for the horticultural sector. The display gardens really trigger things in the public's mind. It inspires people and that's the real value of the show."

Camolin Potting Shed owner Gerry Harford added: "Bloom has been a huge kick for the sector. Board Bia has spent a lot and it has been hugely successful. It's made a big difference for growers."

Barry Lupton, principle lecturer in garden design at Senior College Dun Laoghaire, said the event was making garden design accessible in Ireland. "Even people with small gardens and budgets are now considering a designer." He added that the harsh winter had killed off thousands of imported plants, helping strengthen the Irish-grown theme.

Show organiser Gary Graham said the judging criteria had been created to encourage native planting. Doylescapes' Paul Doyle added: "This is our third time at the show. It has won us a lot of business."

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