Bloom In The Park 2015

We're very proud of our Beech Park Garden. Find out more below.

Fingal County Council and ITB's Bloom 2015 garden is a representative vignette of the famous walled garden at Beech Park, Clonsilla, Dublin 15 developed by the Shackleton family during the 2nd half of the 20th century.  The design of the Bloom Garden references and draws on the archive of detailed planting and layout plans for the walled garden at Beech Park prepared during its heyday in the 1980s.  In particular, unusual and signature plants which were or are still part of the collection at Beech Park to demonstrate the level of horticultural excellence planned for the fully restored garden. 

Fingal County Council has worked closely with the Department of Horticulture at ITB for the past 4 years providing a training ground for their students in Beech Park Gardens, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.  The students have gained invaluable work experience in garden restoration, plant cultivation and plant identification under the guidance of John Harrington, Chargehand Gardener in Fingal County Council who has worked in the horticultural industry for more than forty years.

The walled garden at Beech Park Clonsilla, Dublin 15 will be opened to the public as an important local amenity, visitor attraction and tourism asset. The gardens are widely regarded as being internationally significant due to their long association with horticultural excellence and in particular due to the wide range of rare and exotic plants recorded there over many years. During the 1980s, the gardens were included in The Good Gardens Guide (with two stars). This is the highest accolade awarded by the guide and reserved for the very best gardens in the British Isles.

Garden designer Jane McCorkell, lecturer in horticulture at ITB and a six times Gold medal winner at Bloom has worked with her students on the design of the Beech Park Garden at Bloom 2015. Eamon Kealy, lecturer in Horticulture, along with the students, cultivated all the plants for the garden at the new ITB urban horticulture facility.

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