Premier success at Bloom

A Tipperary garden designer has won a Silver Medal for his dementia-friendly show garden at the prestigious Bloom flower and food festival which begins in the Phoenix Park, Dublin today.

Tom Grey – who is originally from Nenagh – designed the garden to take into account the difficulties which dementia can bring with short-term memory, comprehension, orientation, spatial awareness, visual perception and mobility.

The ‘Bloom Dementia-Friendly Garden’ uses plants from the person’s youth such as daisies, lupins, lavender and dianthus which trigger memories.

Also celebrating today is Mary Dillon from Roscrea who was awarded a Gold Medal for her Floral Art Competition Entry ‘Fading Papaver Orientale’ and a Silver Medal for her ‘Tulipa Rococo’ entry.