Blooming brilliant: Cork ladies show how it’s done as the search begins for Brightest at Bloom

The event takes place from May 30th – June 3rd.

Emily Murphy and Jan Gray from Cobh in Co Cork were dazzling Brightest at Bloom finalists in the blazing sunshine at Bloom by Bord Bia in Phoenix Park last year. Now organisers are calling for entries from Cork to be crowned Brightest at Bloom 2019. Solus Brightest at Bloom is a nod to Ladies Day but is all-inclusive. It is open to ladies, gentlemen, children, people of all abilities and sunny dispositions young… and not so young! It is not about fashion but more about luminosity, brightness and light. The final will be held at Bord Bia’s Bloom on Bank Holiday Monday June 3th at 2pm when the yellow carpet is rolled out at Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus light bulbs.

Solus are inviting people to simply take a bright selfie and upload it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BrightestatBloom.  Finalists will be invited to attend Bloom on Sunday June 3rd to the ‘yellow carpet’ where a winner will be chosen at Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus light bulbs. The Solus team will also be busy hunting for megawatt smiles and all sorts of sunny dispositions amongst visitors to Bloom from May 30th to June 3rd. Solus are offering a prize for the winner of Brightest at Bloom of a VIP helicopter ride and finalists will receive tickets to Bloom and a hamper of goodies from Solus at the final. Solus will also shine a spotlight on young talent this year and special guest performers from Midlands Drama School and all over the country have been invited to illuminate and animate the garden with music, dance and performing arts.

Enable Ireland’s Diversity Garden in association with Solus Light Bulbs was designed by Belfast-based designer, Linda McKeown. The garden layout fuses curving lines with bold modern materials, contrasting elements of mirror, copper and coloured glass with natural planting and water. A ‘floating’ twisted copper wire canopy creates height and form in the garden. In our Diversity Garden we are asking you to consider the diversity all around us. To celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, while recognising and respecting our differences. To truly embrace diversity we must promote a culture that values every individual equally. Enable Ireland supports the 7,500 children and adults using their therapy and support services to achieve their full potential in life through inclusion, choice and independence.

Bord Bia’s Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival, will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 3. Now a key feature of the June Bank Holiday Weekend, Bloom attracted more than 100,000 people last year. Bord Bia’s annual showcase of the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry will once again feature a range of impressive show gardens, food features and family entertainment. Tickets are on sale now at  Don’t forget, kids go free!

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