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Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden. Péronne, France

In 2018, Peter Donegan was selected by a French Jury to represent Ireland to design and realise a garden in the moat of the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, known as The Historial de la Grande Guerre, in the Somme region of Northern France.

A series of Peace Gardens (Jardin de la Paix) in very historic locations there were to be created to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. The gardens were to be designed and realised by 14 internationally selected garden designers.

The Irish WW1 Peace Garden of the Historial Péronne visited by President Emmanuel Macron Friday 9th November 2018 is now complete. An official Irish inauguration of the garden is set to follow in the coming weeks.

The following post is the story behind and about the garden. Before the build of the Irish garden began is better told in this article by Anthea McTiernan of The Irish Times.   Read more

Radio Interview: Garden Designer Peter Donegan, Represents Ireland in France

Above (press play), speaking with award winning radio show host Gerry Kelly on The Late Lunch, LMFM.

Peter was speaking with Gerry about the design and build of the garden of peace at Chateau de Peronne, better known to some as the Historial de la Grande Guerre, home to the largest World War Museum in Europe.

Peter was one of 9 international garden designers selected, in this case to represent Ireland, by a French jury to design and realise a garden in the moat of the Chateau some 30′ below street level. The WW1 memorial garden on the theme of peace will be completed and launch this October 2018.  Read more