Posts Tagged ‘Tourism Ireland’

Show Sponsors’ Exhibits Anchor the Show

March 14, 2012

While we’re still basking in the Flower Show afterglow, we want to take a moment to thank our sponsors, some of which had exhibits at this year’s Show. Each one was a crowd-pleaser, and we look forward to what they bring next year.

Tourism Ireland first graced the exhibit floor in 2007 when the Show’s theme was “Legends of Ireland,” and they’ve been a much-loved exhibitor ever since. This year, they won the award for “Best Achievement in Creating a Natural Landscape (non-Hawaiian).”

The plant list featured a warm palette of bright red salvia, yellow primrose, and coral azalea, all set against a background of lush boxwood. The rich heritage of the Emerald Isle was reflected in some the iconic symbols scattered throughout the landscape, which was titled “Classic Ireland with a Twist.”

Vastly different but equally enjoyable was the EP Henry exhibit, which celebrated family vacations by building a tropical Hawaiian retreat. Surrounded by soaring palms and tropical gardens, a cabana served as the party hub with its built-in grill and bar made from a surfboard.

Environmentally friendly Eco Pavers formed a patio for lounging, and the plunge pool was the perfect spot for taking a dip. The tableau was completed with a wading pool, secluded outdoor shower, and an al fresco dining area. Now that you’ve seen what EP Henry can do inside the Convention Center, imagine the possibilities for your own property.

Across a walkway from EP Henry, Subaru created “The Surf Shack,” a fun getaway where you can rent a board, ride the waves, and soak up the sun! The display invited viewers to imagine being transported to a little piece of paradise in a Subaru Outback. With a jaunty thatched-roof hut and plenty of tropical fruits for snacking, this little slice of the islands was all about fun.

There were at least five Subarus throughout the Show; some were fun, vintage varieties, others were impressive new models. Subaru loves gardeners and gardeners love Subaru, so the Flower Show partnership for the past 11 years has been a perfect match!

Thank you to all the Flower Show sponsors who made 2012 such a spectacular year!

The Roots of Tourism Ireland

March 13, 2011

The oak tree has had a cherished place in the Irish landscape in both ancient and modern times, and this exhibit from Tourism Ireland highlights the tree’s role in fairy lore. The loss of oaks is a major issue in contemporary Ireland, and the exhibit encourages the replanting of these sacred trees. You’ll also see this strange-but-wonderful light effect.

And don’t forget to see Tourism Ireland in the bustling Marketplace section of the Show! Hurry, the Show closes today!

Rooted in Ireland

August 31, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Rooted in Ireland

We just heard from a little birdie that Tourism Ireland’s exhibit for the 2011 Philadelphia International Flower Show will highlight the oak tree in both ancient and modern times as well as the role the trees play in fairy-lore in Ireland.

The exhibit will also highlight the the loss of these trees and the program, Rooted in Ireland, that encourages the people of Ireland to replant these sacred trees.

We can’t wait to learn more.

Can We Have Hot Rhubarb Soufflé for Breakfast?

January 25, 2010

Photo Courtesy Lough Erne Golf Resort/Tourism Ireland

We thought we’d brighten your Monday morning with a sneak peek of one of the fabulous recipes – and chefs – coming to the 2010 Flower Show.

Noel McMeel, executive head chef at the five-star Lough Erne Golf Resort in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Ireland, and a star of the BBC’s “Great British Menu,” will present at a special “Taste of Ireland” demonstration on March 1. For more information on all the live culinary demonstrations and chefs coming to the Show, visit here. McMeel has cooked for Presidents Bush and Clinton and the Queen of England.

Below, he’s sharing with us his recipe for Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Does it get much better than this?

Hot Rhubarb Soufflé with Home-made Custard

Makes 6

  • 250g Fresh Rhubarb
  • 50g Castor Sugar (superfine sugar)
  • 50g Water
  • 100g Soft Ball Sugar
  • Corn flour to Thicken (cornstarch)
  • 3 Egg Whites


Bring the Rhubarb, Water & 50g Sugar to the simmer, then blend it until it is smooth and pass through a fine sieve, return back into a clean sauce pan and leave to the side.

Bring 100g Caster Sugar and a little water to bind to the boil and simmer onto Soft Ball stage 110C and add this to the rhubarb mix, then bring the mixture back to heat slowly, dissolve the corn flour with a little water and thicken the raspberry mix to a crème pate consistency.

 When thick put into a clean mixing bowl and leave to cool mixing with a whisk to speed up the process, now in a machine whisk 3 egg whites to a soft peeks and when the rhubarb mixture is cool enough beet in half the eggs first then gently fold in the other half.

Pipe into the prepared moulds and place in a ban merie then bake 190C for 10-12 mins, Sprinkle the top with some Icing sugar the top and quickly serve.  

Home-made Custard

 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
150ml/5fl oz milk
100ml/3½oz double cream
2 free-range egg yolks
25g/1oz caster sugar

 To make the custard, place a small saucepan over a high heat. Add the vanilla seeds and the empty pod, milk and cream and bring to a simmer.
6. Remove from the heat and allow to stand, letting the flavours infuse.
7. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a large bowl.
8. Remove the vanilla pod from the infused cream and gradually pour the vanilla cream into the egg mix whisking well continuously.
9. Return the custard to the saucepan. Stir over a gentle heat until the custard thickens and coats the back of the spoon.

Noel Noel

December 7, 2009

This just in:

Tourism Ireland, which joined the Flower Show for the awe-inspiring “Legends of Ireland” presentation in 2007, will be joining the ranks of this year’s live culinary demonstrations at the Show.

On Monday March 1, Tourism Ireland will present “A Taste of Ireland.” The famed Noel McMeel, executive head chef at the five-star Lough Erne Golf Resort, in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, will share his expertise.

McMeel, a  star of the BBC’s Great British Menu (top chefs compete for the chance to cook a four-course banquet for a high-profile figure) and called the face of Irish food in America, has cooked for everyone from the Queen and Paul McCartney to presidents Clinton and Bush. His style of food is fresh and uncomplicated.


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