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The Sodshow. Ireland’s Best Podcast 2013

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On Saturday October 12th 2013, the garden podcast and radio show that I do alongside Brian Greene was for the second successive year crowned Irelands Best Podcast 2013.

Another award for talking ?

The words below taken from The Sodshow website explains all a little more indept. In the meantime, thanks for listening and the kettle is always on if you fancy a mug of decent caffeine.

x Peter

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The Living Garden. Germany Print

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Pictured above, the back cover of Jane Powers book, The Living Garden which has of recent been republished auf Deutsch/ in German. As you can see it comes with a quote signed off by Peter Donegan. That would be me of course.

From the publishers Verlag Freies Geistesleben

Ob für den angehenden oder den erfahrenen Gärtner, ob für den Balkon oder einen großen Landsitz – Living Garden ist eine Bibel für alle, die den Wunsch verspüren könnten, mit dem Gärtnern anzufangen, und für die, die schon einen Garten haben, ein Handbuch, das voller Anregungen steckt, zu eigenen schöpferischen Ideen anregt und Probleme lösen hilft.
(Peter Donegan)

Taken from my review of Jane’s book, March 26th 2011, it translates as follows

Potential or expert, Balcony or Estate, The Living Garden – is – a bible for those who may wish to begin gardening and a problem solving, idea generating, creative mind stirring directory for those who have a garden.
(Peter Donegan)

Although the book review was done on this garden blog, my interview with Jane aired on The Sodshow, the garden radio show I present when I’m not creating gardens and hence the reference to www.sodshow.com

Seriously, But Not That Seriously

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Before I begin writing this post there are a few notes I should note.

  • horticulturists are allowed to disagree, about gardening.
  • Gardening should not be confused with world politics
  • It will never be considered that controversial
  • Gardening at any level is supposed to make you smile
  • I do not take things seriously, in my personal life. In the gardens I create yes.
  • I have never met Marie and without question, I’m sure she is a very lovely person.
  • As previously noted, this is not about world politics
  • I don’t buy the Irish Indo and haven’t bought a news paper in about 4 years.
  • I’m sure like all good newspapers, that it’s a fine read
  • I am very intelligent. In all departments, including horticulture

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A November Weekend In My Garden

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Last weekend, the garden radio show that I do needed, we felt, a little bit of a break from the extremes of botanical latin and over horticulturalisation – ie. the overuse of big words. We had pondered what might soften this and the idea that I record myself in my garden, in my spare time pottering about over a period of one weekend turned out to be a pretty good idea.

Listening back, I’m surprised at just how much I actually got done with no agenda and wee 2 year old Ella by my side. More than that, the feedback that has come in since this aired has been nothing short of phenomenol. I have so very many emails from people letting me know they are now doing a 15 minute stint, no matter the weather, in their little patch in their great outdoors, just once per day.

No matter the end result – I guarantee you will feel better for it. Your space outside will look better because of it. That will make others smile beacuse they have seen that. That smiling gig is pretty infectous. And then you’ll smile because they have smiled…..

You don’t need to follow my list, you can make your own, or don’t make one at all. Take a listen, see what you think and should you become a little stuck… I’m right here for you. 😉

Corkagh Park Demesne, Dublin

It was Sunday last when I visited Corkagh Park Demesne with The [Non] Gardeners Group that I run and if I’m honest, I was very aware that I had passed this park, sited just off the Naas Road Clondalkin, many times and had never popped in. For that alone, my love of the great outdoors and maybe to an extent for the historical gardens I have designed, I most probably deserve a wee kick in the bottom.

Opened to the public in 1986, the 120 hectare Demesne dates back to 1650 with Corkagh House being constructed there between 1702 and 1714. And though the original grounds, would have contained water gardens, rose gardens, walled and kitchen gardens, to name but a few – through its evolution, there of course have been changes.

Of note in the estates cycle is it’s connection to The Titanic and how it did change the course of the estates future. That however and it’s the life story is one far better told by the staff of South Dublin County Council, namely Máire Ní Dhomhnaill, Joe Hickey and David Cotter who were ever so lovely in their welcoming of the garden group.

With that in mind, Dublin’s garden radio show and podcast, The Sodshow will air a Corkagh Park Special this Friday [part1] 12th October and next Friday [part 2] Corkagh Park Demesne 19th October.

In the meantime, be you a garden designer, a lover of the great outdoors or just looking for a nice spot to bring your picnic for a days outing, a visit there is highly recommended. From the fishing lakes, pet farms and playgrounds – to the history, the rose gardens and nature walks ~ there is literally something there for everyone.

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