An Post issue two colorful new stamps to celebrate Bloom – Ireland's largest annual gardening, food and family event - which is organized and run by Bord Bia in Dublin's Phoenix Park for five days from May 29th – June 2nd.
The two 60c stamps were designed Dublin-based Atelier David Smith; one showing a stunning silver medal-winning championship Bloom garden by Wicklow-based landscape gardener, Frazer McDonogh and the other, a woman holding a basket of colorful, fresh garden produce.
Speaking at the GPO, Gary Graham, Bord Bia's Bloom Show Manager commented "Bord Bia is both honoured and delighted to see An Post issue a Bloom commemorative stamp. It is an invaluable recognition of the success of the show and importance of Ireland's horticulture industry."
An Post Philatelic Manager, Aidan Murphy said that he expected widespread interest in the stamps from gardening enthusiasts and stamp collectors at home and further afield: "Gardening and horticulture are such popular topics and there's great national pride in the success of Bloom. We hope all our customers and stamp collectors enjoy them".
In this, its 8th year, more than 110,000 visitors were expected to visit Bloom and to view its 30 exquisite show gardens by Ireland's leading landscape gardeners and designers.