Gardens by Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin, Ireland

Interview: Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin. Since 2001.

In 2001, aged just 24 (about to be 25) I started Donegan Landscaping.

My good friend Eoin of Directing Media has wanted to interview me for sometime. The publishing of this short interview video coincidentally coincides with my 15th Birthday in business. There is a longer version. But I’ll leave that for another day, for now.

Thank you all. For everything.
X Peter

Donegan Landscaping, Dublin: Back Garden Makeover.

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I’ve most probably noted this a bizillion times over but, there are two things that make any garden that little bit extra brilliant:

  1. A really, really great client – I hate that word – And…..
  2. An entire disaster of a pre my getting there garden.

The latter if I’m honest, very simply gives the before and after video that extra wow factor and maybe makes me look a little more of a genius at what I do. Whereas the former, really is what makes it all, feel just that extra special and tailored just for you. Something I can only describe as the difference between a house and a home.

What may be worth considering here is:

  1. that the (pre my getting there) garden rose by approx 27 degrees over a 9 metre distance to the rear
  2. the soil was really something terrible; better known as a gley soil to the horticulturist; or a level below subsoil. And…
  3. therefore the drainage and nutrient soil value was virtually non existant.
  4. the only access was through the house

Those factors however really did not affect in any way what the garden was to become. That, in it’s entirety came down to the Clients (yup) wishes and a meeting of minds for the what the space would become.

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Landscaping: Yellow Limestone Patio. Malahide, Co Dublin

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There’s something quite beautiful when working with a natural stone when, it is laid correctly and to the highest standard. And simple as it may sound, that mainly comes down to the fact that it is a natural stone, as versus manufactured.

I kind of see it a bit like the (real) leather jacket I had in college with much worn patches in it. With much worn patches in it that told their own story. We had history. And the older it got the almost better it looked and felt. As versus a faux version of the real deal that just never cuts it in that department. Or frozen carrots. As versus the ones you grew yourself. Nothing wrong with either. And we all know they are the reason why rabbits don’t wear glasses. But essentially one very simply feels better than the other, and every one in the room knows it.

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Garden Landscaping. Howth, Co. Dublin

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Above pictured the complete garden structure building, one part of an overall landscaping project in Howth, Co. Dublin.

Entirely hand-made and built. It consists of a fully slated roof, solid timber uprights, hardwood deck to the base, surrounds closed in on two sides; one hardwood shelf to the rear right hand side and back; and two hand-made accoya hardwood seats, one of which is a swinging seat; and yes even here I bought the chain and cut it to length etc.

Of note to the lean of the roof, as versus the angle (degrees), the house is 3 story at the back. The video below may show that in better detail.

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Garden: Tigers Childcare Garden, Swords, Co. Dublin.

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This garden in mind, I’ve somehow started thinking back on my growing up in 1980’s Ireland. Not so I might start talking about chiselers and in my day we didn’t have type talk. More I started thinking of them itchy knitted Christmas jumpers, growing plants under my bed, waking up to Baba O’Reilly, rounders and my Mothers octave higher pitched tone regularly reminding me how I never had any toes left in my ‘good shoes’. Good times.

To our garden(s) and styles at the time, Ireland hadn’t really hit the log-roll pandemic and composting was solely known a heap down the back of the garden. And if you could find a lawn mower without a briggs and stratton engine in this country, you got sent to Bull Island for 10 years so people could point at you. Or so legend has it. 

To more serious matters; and fast track forward to present day and I guess there is an element of how far things have come and though I (?) don’t think it was as we know it today; in part as I’m one of 8 children; Childcare seems to have evolved and in this case of outdoor spaces and sensory and childrens play gardens, so much for the better.

This gardens before and after video.

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