Having returned from France and the inauguration of the WW1 Centenary Peace garden he designed for the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, garden designer Peter Donegan is set to return to show gardening at the Royal Horticultural Society’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2020 with the Northern Roots Oldham Garden.
Originally scheduled for July 7 – 12th RHS Hampton, the largest flower in the world, is now set to take place 10 – 15th September 2020.
Sponsored by Park Cakes – based in Oldham since 1937 – Donegan’s design will showcase the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park, the pioneering new green space project Northern Roots based at Snipe Clough in the heart of Oldham, Greater Manchester. It is here after the show, the Northern Roots Oldham show garden will be relocated to form the focal point of the new Northern Roots centre.
Paying homage to Oldham’s rich Industrial heritage, the garden will incorporate York stone and sandstone salvaged from Oldham’s iconic Grade 2 listed Town Hall and 19th century mills, whilst the striking roof structure will be constructed by Oldham-based fabricator and entrepreneur Frank Rothwell of Manchester Cabins as the show garden also looks firmly to the future.
Irish – London based designer Donegan will once again team up with contractor Burnham Landscaping, CED Stone Group, ProCook and growers Hortus Loci, with additional support coming from a myriad of local business leaders including MioCare Group, Walker Simpson Architects and NLTG.
Above: Garden Designer Peter Donegan with Director Northern Roots Anna da Silva
Peter Donegan began gardening at the age of 5 and having gardened throughout his childhood, went on to study horticulture for 4 years. In 2001 aged 24 Peter set up Peter Donegan Garden Design and Landscaping and has won a host of awards as both designer and contractor for 17th & 18th century gardens and show gardens at National competition.
In 2018, Peter was 1 of 14 international designers chosen by a French jury to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 centenary peace garden at Chateau de Peronne, France. April 2019 Donegan became the first Irish designer accepted to design at The Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Flower Show Cardiff, winning Silver Medal for The Perennial Show Garden. For the second consecutive year Donegan became the only Irish garden designer selected to design a show garden at any of the 5 major Royal Horticultural Society Flower shows.