Three CDETB Postcard Perfect Gardens at Bloom 2018

May 30, 2018

Our Adult Education Service (AES) in Cabra designed a rainbow garden for Bloom this year!

The Rainbow Garden, designed for Bloom – the Bord Bia family Food and Gardening Festival in the Phoenix Park –  is the work of the AES Horticultural Programme.  Horticultural teachers Deirdre Prince and Aoife Clavin worked with students Gavin Daly, Anne Creaven, Elicha Crosby, Martina O’Boyle, Fran Mitchell, Mona Somers, Christine Howard and Sheila Mullans.  Art teacher Ivan Connolly designed the backdrop.  Deirdre Prince is an award winning horticulturist/landscape designer in her own right, and won a gold medal in Bloom a few years ago.  The students are a combination of two classes;  Hobby Gardening  (this is a class for keen hobbyists) and Horticultural Science (a QQI Level 4 class).

A great way to keep healthy is to eat a rainbow of coloured plants. 

If you would like to do a course in Gardening or Everyday Science or find out more about or AES click here.

Our intrepid Highy Commended gardeners were hoping for a visit from the President
And he obliged! Christine and Fran were delighted to introduce their garden to our President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina.


CDETB didn’t just have one postcard perfect garden at Bloom – we had three.

Cabra Community College VTOS Horticulture course produced a wonderful garden entitled ‘Eye to the Sea’ which received a certificate of distinction.

And Inchicore College Horticultural and Furniture Design and Making courses cut a dash with a fabulous garden entitled ‘Core Values Wright Design’.

The influence of American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright is evident in the architecture of Inchicore College (1958) which was designed by his student Andy Devane.  This garden is a collaboration between current Inchicore students of Furniture Design and Horticulture and celebrates 60 years of learning.

Well done to all three exhibitors who has a fantastic time at Bloom 2018.  We will leave the last word to our President.

President of Ireland visits CDETB Bloom garden.


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