Garden Landscaping. Howth, Co. Dublin

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Above pictured the complete garden structure building, one part of an overall landscaping project in Howth, Co. Dublin.

Entirely hand-made and built. It consists of a fully slated roof, solid timber uprights, hardwood deck to the base, surrounds closed in on two sides; one hardwood shelf to the rear right hand side and back; and two hand-made accoya hardwood seats, one of which is a swinging seat; and yes even here I bought the chain and cut it to length etc.

Of note to the lean of the roof, as versus the angle (degrees), the house is 3 story at the back. The video below may show that in better detail.

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Back Garden Landscaping. Ballinteer, Dublin

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There are very many reasons why I love so much what it is I do as my work, if I might call it that.

Second place to the top of that pile for most gardens, for me, is the what it was before hand to the what it has become. That in mind, this little ditty sits right up there with the very best of them.

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Peter Donegan, Salt Lake City, USA. March 2017

March 2017 saw Peter Donegan (that’s me) travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a myriad of reasons; one of which was to do The Sodshow Garden Podcast, The Live Show.

The reason (?) it all happened was entirely down to Melinda Meservy, owner of a boutique garden store called Thyme and Place. Fair to say, a lot, more to my week there than that.  Read more

Garden Workshop: Container and Kitchen Gardening, Thyme and Place, Salt Lake City

Sunday 19th March 2017.

During my time in Salt Lake City, (more on that when I catch my breath) I gave two courses at boutique garden store Thyme and Place, Utah.

The first on container gardening took re-purposed wooden boxes, sponsored by Barebones Living and turned them into, in short, miniature gardens. From how to care for plants and keep them alive to the actual design technique and piecing the selcted plants together to create a stunning display.

The second class I gave was on growing your own kitchen garden. Specifically aimed at those who had as some may call it, a brown thumb. The basics covered, watering and capillary action (sounds technical, but it’s not explained right) – all the way through to seed grermination and potting on.

Class Description:

If you are, or not in fact, a not green fingered person, a slayer of plants on more than one occasion but still have that dream as a now adult (even though that childlike person still resides in the back of your head); and ever wished to grow not only something that will make the ladies in your life think that you are in fact the coolest thing since Tom Jones sang Delilah, but also something that you might actually get to at a later date pop into a meal as you cook for your now very delighted and suitably impressed nouveau beau – then this is the talk and demonstration for you.

Whether your office, work or home space is your balcony, your window ledge or a larger piece of green; come along, get some dirt under your nails and get ready to grow something with Ireland’s finest horticulturist Peter Donegan.

Peter Donegan started growing plants from the age of 5, created his first garden aged 10 and of now have won national awards for the design and build of 17th and 18th Century estates and designed show gardens for both display and at national competition. He is the host of The Sodshow and the owner of Donegan Landscaping.

All plants, composts, materials and classes were provided by Thyme and Place, Salt Lake City; and presented by Peter Donegan.

Further information and details:

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Audio: An Interview with Peter Donegan, on The CLN Podcast

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This is probably one of the most indepth interviews I’ve ever done. I don’t think there’s any apparent reason to that but, that I usually ask the questions or I’m there as as garden person to speak of horticulture.

As a by the way, you can get this interview in all good podcast stores and via CLN Podcast in iTunes, which means you can grab it on your mobile phone.

If I’m honest and as noted I like listening to Nadia’s podcast. But fair to suggest (as I’m sure you will gather) I had no real idea what I was about to be asked. That in mind maybe, the end result was much for the better.

A real honour to be invited on to have a chat. you can find out more about Nadia here:

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Garden Talks, Speaking and Event MC, 2017

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Peter Donegan – A Very Short History:

I started growing plants from the age of 5, created my first garden aged 10 and of now have won national awards for the design and build of 17th and 18th Century estates. I have also built and designed show gardens for both display and at national competition. And whether I am creating gardens privately, advising, teaching or talking about a particular horticultural subject, horticulture and gardening has been my entire life and I am at my happiest when I and the great outdoors are together. I started Donegan Landscaping Dublin in 2001, aged 24.

Peter Donegan is a full member of The Garden Media Guild (UK)

On Garden Speaking and Talks:

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I have spoken at everything from music festivals and one-off public gardening demonstrations, to private gardening classes and also given talks to Gardening / Horticultural societies and professional associations. I am the host of The Sodshow Garden Podcast, twice awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast and named in the Top 5 Garden Podcasts by Jane Perrone (Gardening Editor, The Guardian). In 2016 I was MC as I hosted The Sodshow Live Show as part of Bloom Fringe to an audience from Dublin Castle and March 2017 will see The Sodshow debut Live from Salt Lake City, USA.

In The Media:

I am a former garden columnist and writer with The Farmers Journal and Self Build Ireland magazine and have also written freelance. I have given gardening demonstrations on national tv and featured on Irish television and as far as Australia with gardens I have made under my own name and as part of televison shows. I have also featured on radio not only for The Sodshow but also on RTE radio, Today FM and LMFM, to name but a few.

Examples of Garden Talks and Gardening Demonstrations:

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Further: Examples of Garden Demonstrations:

For You

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  • Public demonstrations and talks for events/ public or other
  • Gardening classes or courses – one off or other.
  • Enquiries or suggestions – just give me a call – see below for details.
  • I make good caffeine and different very often proves most interesting.
  • Anything else, just ask…

Contact Peter Donegan

Garden Project: Tigers Childcare Ashbourne, Co. Meath

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I had built a garden for Tigers Childcare, Swords in 2015 – a creche and montessori – more than worth a peer over at the very least for the very fact of what it was before and then became. This garden in Ashbourne, Co. Meath as a space was something completely different.

More than aware my qualifications are of horticulture and not childcare, personally (and as a kid who used to grow plants under his bed aged 5 and a half) I was delighted just to remove everything that of now once existed here. And being honest, I think even the finest adult mind could figure out on an etch-a-sketch that no child like imagination could ever have ran wild within such timbered confines.  Read more