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Garden Workshop: Container and Kitchen Gardening, Thyme and Place, Salt Lake City

Sunday 19th March 2017.

During my time in Salt Lake City, (more on that when I catch my breath) I gave two courses at boutique garden store Thyme and Place, Utah.

The first on container gardening took re-purposed wooden boxes, sponsored by Barebones Living and turned them into, in short, miniature gardens. From how to care for plants and keep them alive to the actual design technique and piecing the selcted plants together to create a stunning display.

The second class I gave was on growing your own kitchen garden. Specifically aimed at those who had as some may call it, a brown thumb. The basics covered, watering and capillary action (sounds technical, but it’s not explained right) – all the way through to seed grermination and potting on.

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Talks, Speaking and Event MC, Ireland 2016

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Bookings Now Being Taken for 2016.

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.

On Garden Speaking and Talks:

From a horticultural speaking perspective, I am one of the hosts and producers of The Sodshow – Ireland’s garden radio show (twice awarded Ireland’s Best Podcast) and I have spoken at everything from music festivals and one-off public gardening demonstrations, to private gardening classes and demonstrations and also done talks to Gardening and Horticultural societies.

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.

Bookings and inquiries are now being taken for 2016.

peter donegan, event mc, helix dublin

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Horticulture Garden Classes: January 2014

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I’ll be back at St. Tiernans teaching gardening and all things horticulture this coming January 2014.

Of note there’s an evening education class open day. I’ll be there, so you can come and have a chat and see what you think yourself. Or you can pop me a wee email if you like. Also, St. Tiernans are offering a 10% discount if you book on the day, of the open day. But if you can’t make that… You can book online. Details of which are noted below.

  • Open Day: January 11th 2014. 12.30 – 2.30pm 

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Horticulture Guest Lecture. Colaiste Dhulaigh

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It was a real honour to be asked to be Guest Lecturer to the horticultural students at Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin today. It seems I can indeed talk for more than 3 hours without breathing.

On a serious note, to you gentlemen and lady [singular], who listened, asked and engaged whilst I noted random thoughts from my head via my vocal chords, may I thank you so very much for being genuinely so very lovely.

Also and of note to head don Sarjit Verik, who made sure I got there and welcomed me with a big beaming smile, thank you too. It was a real honour.

To that, some bits and bobs I noted today:

The rest of it, you’ll be able to find here relatively easily. Apart from my noting that Elvis never fried an egg wearing that big white suit.

Best for now and chat soon,
Peter

jane powers living garden, peter donegan

Garden Class @ The Summer Art School

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This week I did a garden class with Amy Cooney’s Summer Art Class in Ballyboughal. For those who may not be aware, that’s in North County Dublin, just outside of Swords and it’s also my own home town.

It was great to be asked and always an interesting phone call with Amy, the latter is partly because she’s a pretty darned talented artist and has a really cracking eye for interior design. Which is sort of the opposite of what I do.

The ages at the gig ranged from under 4 to around 12-ish and armed with some fresh-cut from my homestead garden props it was a nice moment when the smallest began finishing off correctly my sentences when I was chatting the life cycle of a plant. In this case an apple tree.

We planted garlic cloves in compostable pots and chatted how they’ll never have to buy garlic again if they look after this one and how to look after it and then with the help of some volunteers we did the sowing watercress in cotton wool gig. Always loved doing that when I was a smaller. And then forgetting that I’d actually placed them in the bowl on top of the fridge. And then remembering that I had about 72 weeks later. Mad stuff altogether.  Always makes me smile.

Cheers to all for a cracker of a morning.

On a mild side note, this weeks Sodshow might prove of interest to some taller people who look after younger people 😉

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