The President of Irelands historic state visit

The President of Irelands historic state visit

In honor of our Presidents reciprocal visit to The Queen this week and given that its just a few days since the 3rd anniversary of Mark receiving The Queen of England’s letter re : Our 2011 ‘Bloom’ garden, we have resurrected said letter to take a...
Lions and Tiger’s and Bears…

Lions and Tiger’s and Bears…

Oh my! We are busy little bee’s this week – that’s for sure. In absence of spare time to create an interesting read for our Blog devotees, we have decided instead that : A picture is worth a thousand words. So enjoy this week’s 17,000 words...
We’re not in Kansas anymore

We’re not in Kansas anymore

Asked to sum up garden in 30 measly words…ah lads!! Subject: Re: Irish Independent Supplement – URGENT Hi Louise, As requested 30 word summary– The Wizard of Oz Sanctuary garden Inspired by the classic story the public are invited to follow Dorothy over...
Oz Musings

Oz Musings

Around this time most Sundays I end up in a bad mood. Having succumbed to the temptation and perusing the papers, I’m left with a furrowed brow and a niggling sense of despair. Hence – notwithstanding Leinsters narrow cut to make another final – this...
Its off to work we go..

Its off to work we go..

“There was nearly a stampede to tour the Alice in Wonderland garden, which needs no description – think curiouser and curiouser and you’ve got it, giant mushroom and all. (The) concept didn’t meet the approval of gardening purists, but then,...
Bloom Blog – Third Installment

Bloom Blog – Third Installment

Well, my wife has just well and truly put the wind up me. “Gosh” says she, “You seemed far busier with Bloom stuff last time around”. Too true. And it’s not that I’m super relaxed or anything. Its more that, although I’m faithfully...

Bloom Garden Progression

OMG! Our first blog entry has already got us into trouble – sort of. The management of Sanctuary Synthetics hereby unreservedly withdraws any inference or suggestion that Monty Don is a fan or endorses artificial grass and we wholeheartedly apologise for jumping...
Sanctuary and The RHS

Sanctuary and The RHS

If my calculations are correct, and that is by no means a given, we have 23 days before the start of the build in Bord Bia’s Bloom Garden Festival in the Phoenix Park – with 43 days before judging. This year, for our sins, we are committed to doing a large...