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Garden Talks, Speaking and Event MC, 2017

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Peter Donegan – A Very Short History:

I started growing plants from the age of 5, created my first garden aged 10 and of now have won national awards for the design and build of 17th and 18th Century estates. I have also built and designed show gardens for both display and at national competition. And whether I am creating gardens privately, advising, teaching or talking about a particular horticultural subject, horticulture and gardening has been my entire life and I am at my happiest when I and the great outdoors are together. I started Donegan Landscaping Dublin in 2001, aged 24.

Peter Donegan is a full member of The Garden Media Guild (UK)

On Garden Speaking and Talks:

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I have spoken at everything from music festivals and one-off public gardening demonstrations, to private gardening classes and also given talks to Gardening / Horticultural societies and professional associations. I am the host of The Sodshow Garden Podcast, twice awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast and named in the Top 5 Garden Podcasts by Jane Perrone (Gardening Editor, The Guardian). In 2016 I was MC as I hosted The Sodshow Live Show as part of Bloom Fringe to an audience from Dublin Castle and March 2017 will see The Sodshow debut Live from Salt Lake City, USA.

In The Media:

I am a former garden columnist and writer with The Farmers Journal and Self Build Ireland magazine and have also written freelance. I have given gardening demonstrations on national tv and featured on Irish television and as far as Australia with gardens I have made under my own name and as part of televison shows. I have also featured on radio not only for The Sodshow but also on RTE radio, Today FM and LMFM, to name but a few.

Examples of Garden Talks and Gardening Demonstrations:

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For You

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  • Public demonstrations and talks for events/ public or other
  • Gardening classes or courses – one off or other.
  • Enquiries or suggestions – just give me a call – see below for details.
  • I make good caffeine and different very often proves most interesting.
  • Anything else, just ask…

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Landscaping: Malahide, Dublin

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If there were awards for what it was and what it has become, this now garden has to be up there with the very best of them. And that again, as is pretty much always the case – in the great ones department – comes down to one major factor – really, really great people to work with and for.

Before I go any further, the for now end result needs a phase 2.1 if you will. And that will happen, in time.

Note bené: I’m always hesitant to pop in images of the before or during works; and tend just to stick to the after. On this occasion however, I don’t really have that much of a choice. You’ll understand as you read on. While I’m at it, please excuse my slightly terrible video skills. Read more

Audio: An Interview With Peter Donegan

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The Sodshow is Ireland’s only full time garden radio show and podcast. (Jason) Borne way back in 2011, it has twice been awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast; and for those who may not be aware I am one of the hosts, alongside the very talented Brian Greene.

For the first time in almost 250 shows and heading towards its 5th birthday it was suggested that I be interviewed; but not by Brian.

On a slight side note, I still make gardens. 😉

Press play below……

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Garden Ideas: 5 Uses of Features and Focal Points In Garden Design

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All images and gardens by Peter Donegan/ Donegan Landscaping, Dublin

The better nee best features of any garden I have ever seen work, are those where the client, with the designer or creator almost decides to compel that design feature to commission.

A little Machiavellian by way of word choice maybe – but it is the revelation, the revealing over time and finally the receiving of that something very unique, created one-off and just for you and your garden  – that makes what may possibly seem like a gamble that I note, irrespective of garden size and budget – so very, very, very worthwhile.

That said, there is a difference between a house and a home – and – with gardens, better gardens – the main feature or what some may feel should be the main focus, should also work in tandem with its surrounds. Get that chemistry spot on and you might just have something very special.

The following are five examples of features in gardens that I have created. They are also decisions that made that garden a little different from the rest and for their owners, for the better.

1. Garden Walls with a Difference

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If you can get this one right, you are on to an absolute winner. What I will say is it does require one to be a little bit daring, maybe, at the point of imagining what it will look like. Most tend to choose, as one might in interiors to have one featured colour wall and the rest white, for the sole logic of light purposes. As you can see in this garden, myself in the top corner planting away, the white was actually used on the lower walls the entire way around therefore allowing licence to be a little more sporadic on the upper level.

The backdrop plant of choice to soften is Fargesia, a dwarfed bamboo brought in slightly more mature and that shall only grow to around eight foot tall in its lifetime.

2. Garden Art

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It doesn’t have to be a piece of sculpt type olde art that you choose for your space outside, but do rest assured we have been using art in our gardens for absolute centuries. This piece was used in two of my gardens – one won two awards, one didn’t. Both great gardens. That aside, the decision to use art in our gardens has it seems been on the decline for some time.

That said, pick the right piece for the right space and surround it with choice perfect planting and you might just have that something so very special. In my opinion, we don’t use art outside enough.

3. A Feature Garden Structure

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I’ve made and designed some great structure for some so much the better for it gardens, but this has to be one of my all time favourite garden structures I have ever used. I will admit there is no feeling greater than sitting underneath the stars whilst feeling like you are in a room of your own sipping a gin and tonic with some close friends.

If you can master that feeling ie. including the surrounds, so that the structure just stands out for the very right reasons during the day time, you have managed to achieve something extremely wonderful.

4. The Water Feature

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There is nothing worse than a grandé anything in the wrong space and it is at this juncture that some variation of the quality not quantity cliché comes to mind. The key in all garden features is to get it just right and that’s were a good eye comes in for a great overall picture of just what it is you want. A bit like the gazebo, if it can have an additional use ie. during the day and at night-time, you have just got double bargain value for your pound.

5. A Hard Garden Surface

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Decks, cobble and all that is functional does have its place in the great outdoors – but if, once again, one can master so very good-looking with functionality then who am I to argue. I have created many walkable hard-surfaced finishes in my time – one of the simplest ever used in a garden of mine was this timber surface above. Divine perfection. Extreme simplicity.

In summary: the images used are ones I thought might strike a chord with you and personally, I’ll be very surprised if you like all of the images you see here. That said, they are a little unique, a little personal and individually loved by their owners.

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5 Must Do’s In The Garden This November

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With Movember in the air and the festive season adverts now in full swing there could be no greater season to want to brighten up your great outdoors, that for the last while has taken an absolute soaking from the elements.

The following are 5 must do’s guaranteed to put that little spring […see what I did there 😉 ] back into your step and your garden for the coming months and right into the first season of the new year.

1. Plant A New Tree

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Plant a tree in your own garden this season or get one planted for a friend, I honestly don’t believe there is a better gift one can give or receive. It’s always good to remember that tree’s can of course be chosen at an instant specific height and age to suit your space and place. Bare roots, root balled or potted they are a great addition to any outdoor space.

2. Plant A New Herb Garden

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Make your garden smell a little brighter and use fresh herbs in your cooking this festive season by getting yourself a herb garden. Planting now ensures that little or no maintenance is required after planting by way of weeding and watering and also therefore less competition with others plants for the soils nutrients. Smells great, looks brilliant and plants chosen rightly, like me your mint should be in flower right about now. Fresh mohito’s ?

3. Plant A Hedge

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Whether they are native Irish plants by choice or be they not, once again hedge planting can be  made look instantly mature or worked to suit ones budget. Root balled, bare root or potted, hedging is a great addition to any garden and a must have when it comes to biodiversity and adding that little nature and colour to your garden for the coming months and season. Go a little festive and add some berries to your boundary ?

4. Perfect that Lawn

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With the temperatures lowering November is a great time to get that old lawn spruced up or even get a new lawn in place. Little to no watering due to lowering temperatures and therefore as with planting, little to no transpiration. A right amount of after gardening for those with a busier schedule or for those who are more conscious of the amounts and time it would take to normally keep things watered. Aunty Mary will be quite impressed when she drops by with the Christmas pudding.

5. Plant some Spring Bulbs

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I have a tonne of these planted by the roadside outside my house but also planted into my lawn.Whilst the grass is not being cut in spring it means free and fresh flowers on the table. The beauty about bulbs is they come up year after year, after…. A great investment that just keeps on giving. Plant them into an existing lawn, underneath a lawn that’s about to go down or simply drop them into a flower bed.

Contact Peter:

  • email info@doneganlandscaping.com
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  • call 0876594688 if you don’t get an answer please do leave a message and I will call you back as soon as is possible. I am possibly up a tree and it may be dangerous to take your call at that time.

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