‘Cool and Funky Eco Garden’ Aine Lawlor RTE presenter named the garden while filming the Bloom TV special.
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Great news! I have been awarded the prestigious prize of the overall winner at this years Bloom in the park festival, Irelands largest gardening event. The 'Renault ZOE: City Life Garden' theme was to promote plants in cities.
The garden featured many design elements and wide variety of plants. Planted roofs, a vertical planted wall and an electric car to promote ‘Urban Greening’.
The two key messages from the garden were.
1. Plants benefit our health by reducing stress and promoting relaxing. Tests have proven that being in the presence of plants will actually lift your mood. The physical benefits of gardening will keep your body fit some call it ‘the outdoor gym!’
2. The benefit of plants in our cities. This is a message to developers and architects for the future planning and building of cities. Cities will grow and populations will expand and some cities will double in size over the next 50 to 100 years. It is important that the greening of cities is incorporated in the plans of development. By incorporating green roofs and green walls we can reduce run off water into out drainage systems and reduce flooding. Biodiversity will increase and the air will be filtered of Co2 by introducing these plants. Naturalising the concrete of buildings will bring nature in to our lives, so think green!