Peter Donegan‘s show garden design for Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2023, one the worlds top 3 flower shows and the largest and most prestigious horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Garden Name: The Bamstone Garden
Garden Designer: Peter Donegan
Contractor: Semken Landscaping
Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, the largest and most prestigious flower horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere located in the World Heritage Site of Carlton Gardens and The Royal Exhibition Building returns 29th March to 2nd April 2023.
Rated among the top 3 flower and garden shows in the world, it showcases only the finest calibre of garden design and landscape architecture talent selected from Australia and globally. This year Peter Donegan becomes the first Irish garden designer in the shows history invited and accepted to design a show garden at the prestigious show.
The Bamstone Garden will be realised by Victoria based Martin Semken and Semken Landscaping, the most medalled contractor in the shows history and the finest builders of gardens since 1987.
The main avenue 200 square metre show garden is a contemporary vision of a love story, and hearts separated via a small island off the coast of Galway to the mainland and features a series of natural blue stone steps that symmetrically weave their way through a rocky, maritime landscape, recognisant of the journey made across the Atlantic from the Connemara coast. The destination a moleanus limestone island featuring planting, shelter, and a single 8 metre Liriodendron tulipifera reflecting across the black water to those who wish to return.
Peter Donegan Garden Design is an international and local garden design, landscape architecture and project management practice based in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2001 aged 24, Peter Donegan Garden Design was borne and swiftly won a host of awards for 17th & 18th century gardens designed & show gardens at national competition.
From 2019 – 2022 The RHS silver medalist became the series garden designer for the country’s most watched tv show and RTE television’s DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland.
Selected to represent Ireland to design & realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in 2018, he returned and designed a second inaugurated garden there in 2022 to commemorate the anniversary of Europes largest war museum housed within the castle.
2023 will see Peter Donegan become the first Irish Landscape Architect invited and accepted to design at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show March 2023 – the largest flower show in Southern Hemisphere.