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niall mellon township trust gardeners weekend

and what a weekend it turned out to be…. It was amazing.

To say I was blown away by peoples generosity is an understatement. Whether it was time, money or simply calling to wish only the very best  – thank you all so much. You really did and will make such a difference. From my heart thank you! The *thank you* list here could only be endless so… if I have forgotten to mention you please hollar… you really do deserve it…

The setting of the Garden Exhibition Centre was always a great start and the sun made a very welcome appearance. Saturday started really well highlighted with 2 garden lectures. One from myself and the second from nice guy and fellow garden designer Damien Keane. But Sunday left most mesmerised when The Riptide Movement played the second tier of the mountain side based centre. Kilquade certainly came to life 😉

But it didn’t stop there… Dawn Ashton was also there creating amazing mosaics with the children. These will be brought to South Africa and used to decorate the walls of the garden. The staff of the Centre and so many garden designers turned out in their droves simply to be on hand to give out free advice where necessary.

Isn’t it amazing when an entire industry arrives to support such an amazing cause. Even Dominic Loughran, head of operations for the Niall Mellon Township Trust turned up with his entire family – and he flying out to S.A. today!

I think the video summises it so very well…

to donate or to see how much was raised click here 🙂

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Peter Donegan, Show Garden – Pour L’amour de Jeux

bloom in the parkPour L’amour de Jeux. Garden for Bloom 2008.

Created from a 1957 crashed and damaged pleasure cruise boat that measured 33 foot long that was due to be smashed and dumped; the boat was by hand brought back to something a little more respectable for Pour L’amour de Juex (For a Love of The Game), a 20 metre by 10 metre show garden designed by Peter Donegan.

The garden also featured La Principessa e La Rana (The Princess and The Frog), a sculpt by Paddy Campbell, a part of a marina that was also set for the landfill but saved, sanded and respectfully relaid and a painting, intentionally unfinished and unsigned by the artist.

Whilst all elements of the garden were positioned in new gardens designed by Peter Donegan post Bloom in the Park, the main feature of the garden was taken by Electric Picnic Music Festival and placed opposite the Main Stage.

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And this….

win 2 tickets to bloom 2009

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****************To see the winner announced – click here***********

This is now 4 tickets…… btw. 🙂

It’s next weekend. It’s the entire weekend. It’s in the Phoenix Park. And no this year year I’m not doing it…. I wish I was but the brain needs a rest 🙄

I got 2 tix to give away courtesy of Bloom in The Park.

To Win:
At Bloom last year, one of brothers snapped this photograph. It’s a great picture. But what was I thinking….?? best caption wins!!

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what was I thinking...?

UPDATE:

so….. you didn’t click the update [thats the first line of the post…. eh? no…. I didn’t think you would…. 🙄

so I put the video here as well 😆

and the winner is…………………. [thanks again dave]

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