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Garden Talks: Peter Donegan, Limerick Garden Festival 2018

This June I will be hosting The Garden Talks Stage and speaking at Limerick Garden Festival 2018.

What They Say:

The covered Milk Market is located right in the centre of the city in walking distance from all major car parks and key streets. For the festival we will be using the full covered market area featuring over 35 Plant, Garden and Food Stalls and also we will be making use of the streets around the market featuring a further 10-20 stalls. The market will also feature our Expert Garden Speakers, exhibitions and entertainment from the garden & beyond for Young and Old.

A real honour to be invited here, I’ll be there with a fantastic line up of speaker and experts. Very much looking forward to this one.

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Back Garden Redesign, Dublin

There are two parts to every new garden makeover created – What it was before and what it becomes after. This, matters again, in 2 departments pre works being carried out:

  1. An ability for you to see past what you have existing and to what it is to become, and….
  2. An amount of ones budget that will never, ever be seen unless you were aware what it was before.

To that, this video above makes all the difference.

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Temple Street Childrens Hospital, 2018

Bank Holiday Monday, April 2nd 2018 there will be a mug of coffee, some cake and a bit of chat with friends to raise a few bob for Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Year 8 now of doing it, the week following I’ll head to Inis Mór to complete (as versus compete) the half marathon for a charity that I hold close to my heart.  Read more

Donegan Landscaping: Garden Project, Howth Dublin

I never really liked showing the before photos or works in progress. That maybe is something that has come from my time in show and television garden building, in that there was always something left to the imagination irrespective of the hard work that went in behind the scenes.

The Chelsea’s of this world can be particularly good for that and it’s not until one gets talking to the gardens makers that you really appreciate that what might appear as the simplest of builds was one of that really required careful planning in order to make it for all including the client, seamless.

This phase 2 of this garden project was very much one of them.
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Landscaping Dublin: Front of House

Pre 1980’s domestic gardening in Ireland had with hindsight quite a unique style, if I may even call it that.

Plants planted were sometimes in straight lined beds, but also individually within the lawn; hedges, though they do seem to be making somewhat of a comeback, were a thing of spirit levelling pride and the lawn at times a measure of how well you may be spoke about in society.

This I should add was all at a time just before the log roll epidemic and an almost decade of “dwarf” conifers and heathers taking over minute areas of Irelands gardens. In the music analogy department, think Cliff Richard and Englebert Humperdink and about as exciting as watching Peig Sayers frown at Mark Bolan and T-Rex. Of note, the last time I planted conifers and heathers collectively was 25 years, just before I started horticultural college.  Read more