Cousins Tayla Woodward, 10 and Lachy Bain, 4 both got their faces painted to enjoy the Bloom festival in Isel Park yesterday. Photo: Charles Anderson.

In bloom for summer


There was little doubt where Michelle Bain would be taking her son and niece yesterday.
Michelle grew up near Isel Park and always enjoys a day out there.

“My husband and I even got married here.”

So, while the hubby was out fishing for the long weekend, Michelle took her niece Tayla and son Lachy for a picnic at Bloom.

Formerly Isel in Bloom, the festival celebrates the coming of summer and gave locals a chance to explore the four hectares of gardens and woodland at Isel House.

Hundreds turned out for its floral displays and stalls, garden tours and workshops and live entertainment.

Nelson City Council community services committee chair, Gaile Noonan, says Bloom was a great event that allowed the public to enjoy the start of the warmer seasons.

“It’s the perfect time to enjoy our beautiful historic house and the stunning gardens and flowers, as the park emerges from winter hibernation.”

Tayla just enjoyed the space.

“It’s great for doing cartwheels.”