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After be­gin­ning her ca­reer in the fi­nan­cial sec­tor, Sofi de­cided to do some­thing else and started study­ing Land­scape De­sign. She was a new tal­ent at Bloom this year and at just 21 years of age has surely im­pressed the judges and vis­i­tors alike with her unique and in­trigu­ing de­sign.

Tünde Szen­tesi, who lives in Kil­coole, won a sil­ver gilt medal for her show gar­den.

Mark­ing her third medal, her show gar­den, Out the Other Side: A Gar­den of Hope gar­den, was de­signed to of­fer hope to peo­ple af­fected by breast cancer. The gar­den, spon­sored by the Marie Keat­ing Foun­da­tion gar­den by Roche, was in­spired by the re­cent ‘Out the Other Side’ ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tured the sto­ries of ten brave women who have all sur­vived the dis­ease.

The gar­den’s colour scheme sym­bol­ized the jour­ney of breast cancer sur­vivors.

Hugh Ryan from Aughrim won a sil­ver medal for his im­pres­sive show gar­den Well Cen­tred, which en­cour­aged peo­ple to think for a mo­ment about who we are and what it is we want out of life.

Hugh’s de­sign drew on both the nat­u­ral land­scape and on the foot­print which hu­mans have left be­hind.

The medals at Bloom are highly cov­eted and months of plan­ning go into the de­sign and cre­ation of each one of the gar­dens. The highly ex­pe­ri­enced and renowned team of in­ter­na­tional Bloom judges, led by head judge Andrew Wil­son, spent over two days metic­u­lously ob­serv­ing and de­lib­er­at­ing be­fore an­nounc­ing the much an­tic­i­pated re­sults.

In ad­di­tion, Bray’s Carol Bone of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Flo­ral Artists, was awarded a sil­ver medal, in the Flo­ral & Nurs­ery Pav­il­ion, which show­cases the very best of plant nurs­eries and flo­ral art.

This year’s Bloom Fes­ti­val was the 10th an­niver­sary of the fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing food, hor­ti­cul­ture and gar­den­ing.

The fes­ti­val fea­tured 23 show gar­dens, more than 100 Ir­ish food and drink pro­duc­ers, 200 re­tail­ers and 50 of Ire­land’s top nurs­eries, all pro­vid­ing gar­den­ing tips, ar­ti­san food and craft beer.

‘Blurred Lines’ by Bray’s Sofi Dosa, Bloom’s youngest ever show gar­den de­signer.

‘Well Cen­tred’ by Aughrim’s Hugh Ryan.

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