Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden. Péronne, France

In 2018, Peter Donegan was selected by a French Jury to represent Ireland to design and realise a garden in the moat of the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, known as The Historial de la Grande Guerre, in the Somme region of Northern France.

A series of Peace Gardens (Jardin de la Paix) in very historic locations there were to be created to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. The gardens were to be designed and realised by 14 internationally selected garden designers.

The Irish WW1 Peace Garden of the Historial Péronne visited by President Emmanuel Macron Friday 9th November 2018 is now complete. An official Irish inauguration of the garden is set to follow in the coming weeks.

The following is the story behind the garden. Before the build of the Irish garden began is better told in this article by Anthea McTiernan of The Irish Times.   Read more

BBC Radio Ulster: Gardeners Corner Special

BBC Radio Ulster, Gardeners Corner.
Saturday 10 November, 9am
listen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00012ff

David Maxwell presents a special edition of Gardeners’ Corner from the Somme where 15 Gardens of Peace (Jardin de la Paix) are being constructed near sites of the Great War.  Read more

France TV: Peter Donegan, Historial de la Grande Guerre, Garden Designer

The recording (below) for France Tv station Weo with Adelaide Bollart, was just as I began phase 2, of the completion of the Irish WW1 Peace Garden at Chateau de Péronne, Historial de la Grande Guerre, France.

Though an official inauguration is to be announced, the Irish Jarden de la Paix garden has was opened Tuesday 8th November 2018, in time for the Armistice Centenary.

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In Video: World War 1, Gardens of Peace, France – Ireland

This is the only video interview I have done on the Irish WW1 Garden of Peace | Jardin de la Paix, at the Historial de la Grande Guerre, better known as Chateau de Peronne since France 3 TV covered it as the first of the peace garden series to start.

My thanks to Lee Connelly of Garden7 for making this happen.  Read more

Horticulture Week: France Peace Gardens

October 2018, Matthew Appleby of Hortweek, a publication I’ve been reading in print since I was in horticulture college, published this little overview of the Gardens of Peace being internationally designed and realised in the Hauts de France, Somme region of Northern France to mark the centenary of the end of the first World War.

You can read the original article or subscribe to Horticulture Week at Hortweek.com   Read more