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Keelin Shanley presents RTÉ's Bloom Special 2014

Now in its 8th year, Bloom is Ireland's largest Gardening, Food and Family Festival and will run for five days in Dublin's Phoenix Park over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June 2014. Once again, RTÉ ONE will be broadcasting a one-off television special at 8.30pm on the Friday of Bloom, showcasing some of the highlights that visitors to the show can expect to enjoy over the following weekend.

Presenter Keelin Shanley will take us on a whistle stop tour of the Festival. Keelin Shanley said: "I love the buzz at Bloom, it's a real snapshot of Irelands horticulture and foodie culture." Along the way, gardening & wellness guru Fiann Ó Nuallain will design and prepare her a special "Bloom Booster" de-tox juice, made using only ingredients found at Bloom.

News at One and The Week in Politics presenter Aine Lawlor is also a garden enthusiast and Bloom regular and she'll showcase some of her favourites from this year's thirty exquisite Bloom Showgardens from the very best of Ireland's landscape gardeners and designers. This year's bespoke garden creations include the Crumlin Children's Hospital Garden, Mrs Brown's Boys D'Garden, the Tayto Garden, overlooked by a staggering 10ft Mr. Tayto, the Wellbeing Wetlands, which will represent a typical North American cranberry farm, the Barretstown & Glanbia: Sowing the Seeds of Magic garden, providing a magical, thought-provoking and fun-filled place for children and adults to enjoy, and the Samaritans' You'll Talk I'll Listen garden, designed to highlight the powerful effects of simply talking about your problems.

And there'll be loads more in this action-packed half-hour, including a sneak peek behind the scenes at the judging of the prestigious Showgardens Competition and a mystery fashion makeover featuring one of the garden designers!

  • RTÉ One, Friday, 8.00pm