Gardens by Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin, Ireland

Research: Garden of Peace Péronne, Somme, France

I’m due to speak at The Landscape Show, London September 2018 alongside Andrew Fisher Tomlin about the realisation of the Jardin de la Paix – a series of Peace Gardens in Northern France to commemorate the end of World War 1.

The following is a little more on my being selected to represent Ireland, the realising of the garden in the moat of the Historial de la Grande Guerre (Chateau de Péronne), a little behind the scenes and so I and you post my talk in Battersea Park better understand the behind the scenes of the gardens final design.

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Design: Gardens of Peace, Péronne, France

Launching October 2018, this summer will commence the build of the Jardins de la Paix (Gardens of Peace), a series of perennial gardens on the theme of peace in the Hauts-de-France region that will pay tribute to the countless deaths on French soil between 1914 and 1918, and bear witness to the number and diversity of the countries involved in this conflict.

One of the gardens will be created at the Chateau de Perrone, Historial de la Grande Guerre in the Somme region of Northern France and will be created in the moat of the castle and its build realised by Dublin based garden designer Peter Donegan.

Peter Donegan, selected by the French jury to represent Ireland is one of just 14 international garden designers chosen to create one of the 9 gardens.

Below, a short video of where the garden will be created.

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Landscaping, Small Garden Spaces

I’m due to host and speak at the garden talks stage at Limerick Garden Festival 2018 and it seems appropriate that I post the crux of that talk here so it may be referred to by those who come to see.

These points will be a little more of a guide than an essay but should explain better what you have heard or maybe forgot to jot down as I spoke.

Very much looking forward to this and in the meantime if you have any questions ? You can get me here:

The title of the talk:

Smart Garden Design – Small Spaces

1. The Backdrop.

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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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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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