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UCD Bloom Garden 2019 awarded silver medal

Published: Friday, 21 June, 2019

The UCD entry to the 2019 Bloom festival has been awarded a silver medal in the concept garden competition.

The UCD History of the Irish Diet in Plants concept garden tells the story of the Irish diet from the early settlers to the introduction of farming, how tastes changed with the entry of imported foods, the impact of industrialisation, and the implications of the modern expansive diet.

The garden is divided into five sections based on societal developments that led to dramatic changes in the Irish diet. The chosen plants in each section primarily reflect evidence from archaeological science, highlighting changing food choices in Ireland over several millennia.


The garden was developed by a collaborative team including Earth Institute member Dr Meriel McClatchie from the UCD School of Archaeology, UCD Landscape Architecture students John McCord, Ciaran Rooney, Hannah Johnston and Niamh Conlan and Dr Caroline Elliott-Kingston, from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science who has had success at Bloom previously with the UCD Evolution of Land Plants Garden which is now permanently housed adjacent to the UCD Science Centre. Congratulations to Meriel and the team!