The Bloom experience was ‘absolutely wonderful’ for the Laois garden designer

Bronze medalist Patrik Weisser said the feedback from the people of Laois who came to see his show garden at this year’s Bord Bia Bloom festival was ‘absolutely amazing’.

Patrik, who designed the ‘Love Letter to Abbeyleix’ garden, spoke to Leinster Express/Laois Live on Saturday as thousands of people attended the event in the Phoenix Park.

“I’m delighted. The feedback from all the visitors has been absolutely fantastic. It’s really nice to hear, especially people from Abbeyleix and the surrounding areas,” he said.

“The concept of the garden is to bring a representation of Abbeyleix House and Farm where I work and the town of Abbeyleix to this Bloom garden. It is a representation of 1200 hectares and 35 square meters and I tried to show with this what we have there, but of course condense into one garden.

“This will all go back to Abbeyleix House and Farm and it will be used to create a new garden and some of the plants will also go to the town of Abbeyleix for a community garden.

“I am very happy with the bronze medal and will aim higher next time.”

The garden showcases the natural beauty of Abbeyleix House and Farm’s landscape and the charm of its surroundings. The design pays tribute to the serene beauty and unique character of the area, capturing its spirit and recognizing its flexibility and adaptability to change.

The design combines woodland and ornamental plantings to create a natural and traditional garden. Many materials come from Abbeyleix House and Farm, including park trees grown from harvested acorns that have been tended for ten years.

This year’s Bord Bia Bloom featured tips and tricks on gardening, gastronomy and sustainable living in a series of talks and demos.

The vibrant Food Village was home to almost 100 of Ireland’s leading food and drink businesses, along with a host of gastronomic facilities.

From Laois, The Merry Mill, based in Stradbally, G’s Gourmet Jam, from Abbeyleix, and Ballykilcavan Brewing Company, also from Stradbally, were also present at this year’s event.

Congratulating the award winners, Jim O’Toole, Chief Executive of Bord Bia, said: “It’s great to see such a strong focus on sustainability and biodiversity in our beautiful show gardens this year and I’d like to congratulate all the designers who have been working for months incredibly difficult to bring our show to life. We are confident that visitors will leave not only with fantastic inspiration for their gardens, but also with the motivation to incorporate more sustainable practices into their homes and lifestyles.”

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