Dublin Landscaping: Split Level Back and Front Garden

peter donegan gardens

When one takes a garden within any location, the decision that has to be made pre its landscaping is essentially, how do you want it to make you feel when; the last plant is placed in the ground and upon first glance you see it. In a nutshell, irrespective of the amount one spends, your investment and subsequently your garden, should stand out and equally fit for all of the right reasons – and – make you feel right at home, or at work. I personally prefer the former.

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Age Action Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Back Yard Blitz 2017

This summer 2017, the Age Action Ireland and Bank of Ireland Back Yard Blitz took place.

According to Age Action:

The gardening bonanza matches up bank employees with local older people who need a bit of help keeping their gardens maintained.

And over 2 days note BITC

Over 300 Bank of Ireland colleagues, Age Action teams and gardening experts mobilised in Dublin, Cork and Galway to mow the lawns, trim the hedges and generally brighten up the gardens, and the lives, of hundreds of older people.

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Gardens: Les Jardins du Val Cocheral, Chateau de Dinan, France

I visited here some time ago now and literally just stumbled across the information I had set to one side.

If I’m honest, I had found it particularly difficult to find out any information on the gardens of Chateau de Dinan. That, I have found is usually the norm and the building (in this case I appreciate it is a castle) tends to take precedence.

But here, as building a park as for what the people (rather than the building) preferred stood out to me. And to it’s credit as I spent some there there it was full and used for the greater.

I’ll get back to noting the gardens I make as Donegan Landscaping just as soon as I catch my breath.

According to wikipedia, Chateau de Dinan:

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Garden Museum, London

I’d got a note from Jane Perrone some time ago now. Essentially, there was a gentleman by the name of Christopher Woodward she felt I should have a chat with. Christopher, Jane noted was the Director of the London Garden Museum.

That I remember, the museum was in the process of trying to meet its opening day deadline and understandably so post that, my meeting may be more appropriate. The day after Chelsea Flower Show Press Day I popped in for my first visit.

The images below will give you a gist of just what was on display there at the time; and from the video the view from the top of the tower – not for week of knees – so well worth the 131 steps. Visuals aside, my still of horticulture hobby for sometime now allows and again allowed access (one of) the brains behind the scenes and the gentleman behind London Garden Museum, Director Christopher Woodward.

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Garden Talks: Peter Donegan, Blarney Castle, Blarney in Bloom 2017

garden speaker, peter donegan

This July I will be speaking at Blarney Castle and Gardens at the very amazing Blarney in Bloom Festival.

  • When: Sunday 9 July, 2017
  • Where: Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • What: Blarney in Bloom
  • Cost: 8 euro. Inc’s admission to the Castle and Gardens

What will you be talking about :

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Garden Talks: Peter Donegan, Dublin Castle. Bloom Fringe 2017

Bloom Fringe 2017 took place June Bank Holiday weekend.

Far from the show gardens that I have made, Le Fringers and the very merry possé, it is fair to suggest, do things quite beautifully different.

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