Eagle-eyed viewers of The Late Late Show on Friday night may have spotted a familiar face as Ardee’s Candy Holten appeared as one of the guests on the popular weekly chat show on RTE One.
Candy, in her role as the chair of the Association of Irish Floral Artists, spoke to host Ryan Tubridy as part of a segment promoting next week’s Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
She joined Bloom manager and judge on RTE show Super Garden Gary Graham and Aaron Wall from the London Cocktail Club to show Ryan and the audience some of the different things people can expect from next week’s festival.
Explaining to Tubridy that floral art is much more than mere flower arranging, Candy said, “It is a form of art. It’s transitory. When you by a painting, it’s there forever whereas floral art doesn’t last long at all.
“It’s becoming very popular. It’s calming and relaxing,” she added. “It’s a form of therapy.
Candy showed off three items, including two head pieces and a dress – which took 10 hours to produce by a team of five floral artists. You can watch Candy’s appearance on The Late Late Show on the RTE Player.
Bloom in the Park takes place at the Phoenix Park in Dublin from June 1st to June 5th, and is extremely popular with visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Celebrating it’s 11th anniversary, Bloom was launched by Bord Bia in 2007 primarily as a promotional vehicle for horticulture; providing a showcase for garden plants, garden design, construction, horticulture and gardening as a hobby.
Looking ahead, Candy and her team are deep in preparation for the 2017 AOIFA Festival which comes to Ardee in June.
The AOIFA National Flower Festival 2017 will take place in Ardee from Friday June 9th to Sunday June 11th – bringing potentially thousands of visitors to the town.
The 2017 festival, this year called ‘Celtic Way’, will come to the town two years after it’s last outing in Ennis, Co. Clare. AOIFA is the Irish Association of Irish Floral Artists and comprises of 90 clubs across the country and has around 6,000 members in total.
This year – the festival will use the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady and St Mary’s Church of Ireland as the two main venues, while Ardee Parish Centre will also be a hub of activity over the three days of the festival. Scores of people are expected to attend the festival from across the country – and the AOIFA hope to create a festival atmosphere around Ardee for the weekend.
The official opening will take place on the Friday at 7.30pm, hosted by RTE’s Mary Kennedy, and the festival will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm each day. There will be craft tables, plant sales, trade stands and floral sundries. Admission is €10.
RTE’s Nationwide will also come to the event to produce a feature for later broadcast.