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Silver Medal: The Perennial Show Garden, RHS Flower Show, Cardiff 2019

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The Perennial Garden wins Silver Medal at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019.

Designed by Irish garden designer Peter Donegan and constructed by Burnham Landscaping, the contemporary garden was created to help mark the garden charities 180th anniversary. It is the first time Perennial have exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, and the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the prestigious flower show.

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In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland to Read more

Horticulture Week Magazine: Peter Donegan Designs Perennial RHS Garden

Hort Week Magazine’s Matt Appleby was the first to break with the news of the Peter Donegan designed Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Cardiff Garden for Perennial.

Read More: Hort Week Magazine – Peter Donegan to create garden for Perennial at RHS Flower Show Cardiff in anniversary year.

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Front Garden Landscaping: Monkstown, Dublin

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It seems I missed out on the before I started this front garden project but did manage to get this sort of before image, just as works had commenced – pictured below. Read more

Back Garden: Landscaping. Killester, Dublin

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I have always felt that gardens, the better ones are those where the journey to completion and its creating put simply, appears and far more importantly feels effortless. In this gardens making, it was nothing but a real genuine honour and I literally smiled every day of its making.

And though that may sound a little Hugh Grant or some such actor in some pile of pants girlie film [apologies], here’s what I noted the day of its completion which maybe words that better.

This wee video may give you a better feel of the finished back garden space.

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Landscaping Dublin: Low Maintenance Garden

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There are only two things that matter when making any great garden – What the client [I hate that word…] wants and equally as important the end result. In short, whilst I would love, that every garden is a Peter Donegan memorial, the reality of how happier I have made someone because of their new space outside kicks in in two parts: the minute I finish and handover the picture perfect postcard garden. And secondly in the months and years after I am gone.

In the non-cheesiest way of saying, it is a real honour to get to make people smile because of what I do, but that latter happiness factor requires much smart thinking and it is only then that you really notice, horticulturally what you have [I guess] paid for.

That aside, I could not have wished for nicer people to create this garden for and that very simply makes my work and this northside Dublin garden just that extra little bit sweeter.

Wanna see what it looked like before hand ? Read more