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.
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.
I’ve most probably noted this a bizillion times over but, there are two things that make any garden that little bit extra brilliant:
- A really, really great client – I hate that word – And…..
- 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:
- that the (pre my getting there) garden rose by approx 27 degrees over a 9 metre distance to the rear
- the soil was really something terrible; better known as a gley soil to the horticulturist; or a level below subsoil. And…
- therefore the drainage and nutrient soil value was virtually non existant.
- 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.
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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