Two Landscaping Awards For Brackenstown House

Peter Donegan Landscaping, Brackenstown House

October 18th 2007 saw Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd win two  national landscaping awards as both designer and contractor.

Donegan Landscaping won the award of Merit in the Best Private Garden Category and the Overall Award for Best Private Garden Maintenance, whilst  Peter Donegan received award as designer of Veronica and Paddy Campbells 27 acre 17th Century estate.

Speaking after receiving the award Peter noted that ‘the awards forBrackenstown will remain one of the the highlights of my career for personal reasons as well as horticultural.’ He continued, ‘I described it recently to a friend of mine as 16th century poetry and as it’s being read to you, you amost feel the poets breath in your ear as he speaks words from his heart…. Some people feel it. I know I did and I loved every minute. Of all the gardens I ever visited, this is one I acually visit to escape my mind. Also until now the landscape was never completed and at 31 years old my design and The Donegan Landscaping team are the first to be acknowledged and awarded for this. It is an amazing place and for me one that will remain close to my heart.’

The judges noted that:

the work illustrates a consisted commitment to horticultural excellence in a restoration project that requires a keen understanding of the client’s requirements. The herbaceous beds in particular deserve special acclamation for their restrained but inventive interplay between colour and foliage texture.

And that the award goes to this project because the judges believe it:

demonstrates a discernible excellence in maintenance.

14 replies
  1. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Jenny,

    thanks so much for that. So much appreciated. I had an amazing photographer [Maura Hickey] work with me on this project – who I’ve also roped into going to South africa with me – so as soon as they come through I’ll post them on the website.

    many thanks again!

  2. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Nezza,

    thanks so much. As soon as I can I’ll get all the pics of the garden up on the website. Well worth looking at. I get to design and build some really cool garden like rubber soul etc. but 16/ 17th century is pretty much poetry. The few pics I have up give a good gist. Very much Lady Chatterly and all that!?!!

    Thanks for the congrats. Really appreciatedslán go foill

    ps. Your last comments were so funny!! I think I’m still laughing?!!

  3. Nic
    Nic says:

    Conrats to you and your crew on what sounds like a fantastic project, would love to be able to see it. Must be amazing to find some where you can lose your mind!! And more particularly spectacular for you!! Congrats again Pete.

  4. peter donegan MI Hort
    peter donegan MI Hort says:

    thanks so much nic,
    i’ll pass on your kind words to the team who without, none of my designs would be possible. i know it was featured on rte capital d show recently and i’ll have the pics up on the my web garden gallery soon. Again many thanks for everything.
    slán go foill

  5. Philip Voice
    Philip Voice says:


    Well done on your awards. It does feel good to be rewarded by your peers doesn’t it?

    I hope your gardens projects become a lasting legacy for years to come.

    I think that is the gratifying thing, the fact that what we create can be seen for years and years to come.

    Again well done


  6. david
    david says:

    How did I only see this post now – ya genius ya!

    (I love the pond at the back of the house… spent an entire summer clearing it out once)

  7. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara David,

    we did it last year for the first time – not pretty stuff at all!

    go raibh míle maith agat!

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