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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

Dublin Landscaping: Quartz Raised Planters and Raised Planters

As additions to gardens go or in fact as doing anything goes, I’ve always lived by the do it once and do it very right rule.

This may well be considered a (raised) garden wall, but there a few things of note before taking everything into consideration:  Read more

National Botanical Garden of Georgia

This has to be one of the most unusual Botanic Gardens I’ve ever accessed in my life. From the Monte Palace Gardens, Madeira to South Africa at Kirstenbosch, this tops them by a million miles. And, every step of the way is worth it. Grab a cuppa, you’re gonna love love this one.

From the first side of the road, cross the Kura River over the Peace Bridge.  Read more

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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