Back Garden: Landscaping. Killester, Dublin

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I have always felt that gardens, the better ones are those where the journey to completion and its creating put simply, appears and far more importantly feels effortless. In this gardens making, it was nothing but a real genuine honour and I literally smiled every day of its making.

And though that may sound a little Hugh Grant or some such actor in some pile of pants girlie film [apologies], here’s what I noted the day of its completion which maybe words that better.

This wee video may give you a better feel of the finished back garden space.

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(Garden) Guest Speaker: St Dominics School, Ballyfermot, Dublin

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pic above courtesy Ms Mills, St Dominics Secondary School

I’ve done garden talks before. Christ Church Cathedral for Dublin Garden Festival, Clare Garden Festival and of course with Gardening Clubs. And although I have also spoken with schools before, this talk was a little bit different. Not different bad. More different as in unique. Which is what my Mom used to call me.

Sidetracking slightly, as I often tend to do; It seems the norm for “school gardens”, is that the curriculum is granted an allocation of time and space – most certainly to raised vegetable beds – in which pupils have school time to garden. Of note, any form of horticulture in schools is far from a bad thing.

But I kind of see gardening like music or poetry. Or, being in love, as I noted when talking with Gerry Kelly on The Late Lunch Radio Show. And it should be something more than that. And in my opinion, something that comes very much from the heart. Or makes you smile, more.

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Gerry Kelly Talks To Peter Donegan: The Late Lunch LmFm Radio 95.8

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Thursday October 9th, I was on LmFm’s PPI award winning radio show The Late Lunch with all round happy fellow and nice guy Gerry Kelly. It was unsual for me to be the far side of the mic and morseo that Gerry went all the way back to where, how and just why it all started for me. Interesting – I’m told, all good and a real genuine pleasure.

Thanks Gerry and Louise. Enjoyed that ;)

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Donegan Landscaping: Irish Web Awards Semi – Finalist 2014

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Delighted to note that Donegan Landscaping is a semi-finalist for the 2014 Realex Fire sponsored Irish Web Awards in the category of Best Website of a Small SME.

To all of the I love you more lovely folks that I’ve bartered for plants and landscaping to make this website good looking and 21st century up to date – I studied horticulture and I still don’t know what HTML stands for; this is all your hard work. And it is very much appreciated.

Official quote on being up there with the best of them:

it’s always nice to make the Irish Squad

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In the mix are some pretty deadly other Irish sites and co’s that are more than worth a browse through.

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Horticulture Speaking at Castlepollard Gardening Club

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It was last week when I travelled to give a talk to the very lovely Castlepollard Gardening Club. And though it sounds a little funny to say it, I had an absolute ball. And it was as I previously noted a real honour to be asked to talk there.

I know it could maybe be seen that I was working, but when Russell the manager at the Castlepollard Hotel knows you’re arriving and when you eventually get to the place where the talk is to be held and you’re met with a cuppa and a hug; and you get an applause at the end and a hug – and the Frank the club’s Chairman buys you a drink after, you know it has been a pretty good evening.

Far more importantly than that, people smiled during my talking.

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Video: Peter Donegan. Landscaping Dublin.

I may well be the finest looking fellow to hit horticulture since Tom Jones was last seen mowing his lawn. But, even I and my slightly wooly head as pictured above can end up looking like we were dragged through a hedge backwards.

Far more important than my wry wit, the video was recorded and produced by gentleman and extremely talented moving picture maker Eoin Delaney of Directing Media. Eoin tells me of the video:

I had a project in my head and I wanted to capture that early bird, plant picking, potting bit of self-employed before you actually go to work for yourself. No I didn’t even call you. I just knew you’d be awake, in your garden. We started recording, asked you a few questions and you answered. You’re hair may well be a bit wooly. It’s supposed be at that hour of the morning. It is what a business looks like behind the scenes. That is what we wanted to capture and hopefully show.

Contact Eoin Delaney, Directing Media:

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