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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

Garden Talks: Peter Donegan, Blarney Castle, Blarney in Bloom 2017

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This July I will be speaking at Blarney Castle and Gardens at the very amazing Blarney in Bloom Festival.

  • When: Sunday 9 July, 2017
  • Where: Blarney Castle and Gardens
  • What: Blarney in Bloom
  • Cost: 8 euro. Inc’s admission to the Castle and Gardens

What will you be talking about :

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Dublin Landscaping: Split Level Back and Front Garden

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When one takes a garden within any location, the decision that has to be made pre its landscaping is essentially, how do you want it to make you feel when; the last plant is placed in the ground and upon first glance you see it. In a nutshell, irrespective of the amount one spends, your investment and subsequently your garden, should stand out and equally fit for all of the right reasons – and – make you feel right at home, or at work. I personally prefer the former.

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Peter Donegan: A Thank You For 2016

A 2016 thank – double underlined – you, for being brilliant.

See you in 2017.

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Interview: Peter Donegan. Clonline Radio, Cork

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above: Miriam Cotton of West Cork Garden Trail with Peter Donegan.

This interview first aired on Clonline Radio based in Clonakilty, West Cork.

Together with interviewer Moze Jacobs we discuss pretty much everything from how my interest in gardening and horticulture grew, from growing plants under my bed and getting it entirely wrong (aged 5) all the way to studying horticulture and to my first awards for landscaping and design.

We also talk about the very wonderful West Cork Garden Trail, the people who created those gardens and  just what it means to create something so very beautiful in the great outdoors and why.

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