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Keelings' Launch Their Love To Grow Garden at Bloom 2013

Pictured at the launch of Keelings' love To Grow Garden at this years' Bloom In The Park are garden designer, Jane Mc Corkell with helpers, Jake Church aged 6 from Malahide and Kate Beesley aged 3 from Templeogue, Co. Dublin. Commenting on the Love To Grow garden design,  Jane Mc Corkell commented,  “In the case of Keelings, the brief was to design a family friendly garden that combines traditional growing methods with modern design. At its core, the Love To Grow garden demonstrates how it is possible to grow fresh produce in a relatively small space as well as having a recreational space to enjoy and relax in”. Bloom 2013 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 30th May until Monday 3rd June.

Keelings, Ireland’s leading producer and supplier of fresh produce, is delighted to announce the launch of their “Love To Grow” garden at this years’ Bloom In The Park. Keelings sponsored Meath based landscape architect and five times gold medal winner at Bloom, Jane Mc Corkell to design this year’s entry. Bloom 2013 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 30th May until Monday 3rd June. This is the 4th year Keelings’ have sponsored a garden at Bloom. Bloom 2012 was the 6th year of the event and attracted almost 100,000 visitors to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Jane has being working closely with Keelings to ensure the garden design responds effectively to the “Love To Grow” theme. Stressing the importance of listening to the client and delivering on the brief Jane commented, “In the case of Keelings, the brief was to design a family friendly garden thatcombines traditional growing methods with modern design. At its core, the Love To Grow garden demonstrates how it is possible to grow fresh produce in a relatively smallspace as well as having a recreational space to enjoy and relax in”.

Keelings’ “Love To Grow” garden is 10 x 10 metres with a paved pathway running along the perimeter, which provides a convenient walkway to enjoy the spacefrom all angles. Large raised beds line the path within which fresh signature Keelings' produce such as raspberries, blueberries strawberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and lilies are grown. The raised planters are made using willowcrafted by an Irish artist.

The seating area, framed by a timber arbor with wisteria growing over it provides the ideal space for dining al fresco. Apple trees were selected as the main tree of choice in various forms of horticultural husbandry and which include espalier trees. Keelings were keen for Jane to source materials for the garden from Irish suppliers and support local businesses as much as possible. In addition to the berry plants supplied by Keelings, the raised planters are from Willow Wonder, Co. Kildare while the herbaceous plants are from Kilmurry Nursery, Co. Wexford and Annaveigh Nursery, Co. Tipperary.

Speaking about the “Love To Grow” concept for Keelings’ garden this year, David Keeling commented, “at Keelings our passion is for growing fresh produce to the highest level of best quality, taste and appearance. We wanted to sharethis passion by creating a garden that proves just how easy it is to incorporate some element of growing fruit and vegetables at home without compromising on design. We are really pleased with Jane’s interpretation of the brief and hope the garden will inspire visitors to grow their own fruit andvegetables at home".

Source: HortiTrends News Room