Bloom Festival 2019

Gold medal winner for Bloom Festival 2019, the Tog go bog e garden is inspired by the Wicklow landscape. While beautiful, the heather uplands represent man’s activities, created through the removal of forest to provide timber or grazing land. The message is that a landscape can be altered slowly and imperceptibly to a point of no return by human activities, emphasising our continued and often negative impact on the environment.

The garden incorporates local materials such as granite and mostly native plants, including ferns, hawthorn, mountain ash, as well as heather. Many of the plants within the garden can be used to create dyes for wools and textiles. This hints at the fictional owner of the garden who creates beautiful goods from what they find in the local environment.