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Slideshow: Take a sneak peek at Bloom 2012

The gardening event opens tomorrow morning in the Phoenix Park and runs until Monday evening.

IRELAND’S GARDENING event Bloom opens to the public tomorrow in Dublin’s Phoenix Park and runs until the evening of 4 June.

Last year, almost 90,000 visitors headed to Bloom over the course of the show which was spread over 70 acres. A range of spectacular show gardens has been set up for Bloom 2012, but the event also features cookery and craft demonstrations, as well as a children’s stage to entertain younger visitors.

Tickets for the event range from €10 to €20 (there’s no entry charge for children aged up to 16).

Earlier today, the judges and the media were given early access to the show. Here’s how Bloom 2012 is shaping up:

Slideshow: Take a sneak peek at Bloom 2012
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  • Bloom 2012

    Judges Andrew Wilson, Karen Foley and Mark Gregory get down to business. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Judge Andrew Wilson and Show Manager Gary Graham in Jane McCorkell's show garden at Bloom 2012. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Verity Morrison and Show Manager Gary Graham in the Cavan Crystal Hotel Wedding Garden by garden designer Jason Stubbs. (Photo: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Designer David Shorthall pictured in his garden 'Changing Perceptions'. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Judge Paul Maher pictured in the garden 'Departures' designed by Cillian McDonald and Luke Byrne in the Phoenix Par. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Judges (from left) Paul Maher, Andrew Wilson, Feargus McGarvey, Mark Gregory and Show Manager Gary Graham pictured in the garden 'Table for 4' designed by Gary Hanaphy. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Designer David Shorthall pictured in his creation 'Changing Perceptions'. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Gardaí Barry Heffernan and Pauline Firth take a seat in the garden 'Amach Agus Isteach' designed by Alan Rudden and David Ryan. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Bloom Show Manager Gary Graham pictured in the garden 'Table for 4' designed by Gary Hanaphy. (Photo: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Bloom 2012

    Magda Tatar from Brazil in a garden sponsored by Glenisk Lorax. (Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire)

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