Gardens by Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin, Ireland

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

Garden Project: Tigers Childcare Ashbourne, Co. Meath

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I had built a garden for Tigers Childcare, Swords in 2015 – a creche and montessori – more than worth a peer over at the very least for the very fact of what it was before and then became. This garden in Ashbourne, Co. Meath as a space was something completely different.

More than aware my qualifications are of horticulture and not childcare, personally (and as a kid who used to grow plants under his bed aged 5 and a half) I was delighted just to remove everything that of now once existed here. And being honest, I think even the finest adult mind could figure out on an etch-a-sketch that no child like imagination could ever have ran wild within such timbered confines.  Read more

Donegan Landscaping: Portmarnock, Co Dublin

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I rarely if ever show works in progress photographs of gardens. I’ve no real specific reason for that; apart from the fact that I feel it shouldn’t influence whether you like that end result or not.

In a funny sort of a way, I will admit it does add to the story when you see what it was beforehand and here I’m going to make the exception.  Read more

Trees: Specimen and Specific

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Above pictured Betula albosinensis Fascination.

The following trees are selections for 2 seperate projects that I am working on.  I am pictured alongside it solely to give an idea of height and below my hand to give an idea of the trees girth. Some of the trees you may gather are more expensive than others and though the smaller as of now trees will not be selected, they are shown solely to give an idea of what you can have when your budget rises or falls according.

In reality trees in landscaping took a bit of a back seat for a period of some time, as it seems we had a tendency to eliminate and remove them through the economic boom years. Of recent, it seems clients (I hate that word) are more willing to pay, not only for that instant mature effect but also for something just that little bit tastier.  Read more