Garden Class @ The Summer Art School

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This week I did a garden class with Amy Cooney’s Summer Art Class in Ballyboughal. For those who may not be aware, that’s in North County Dublin, just outside of Swords and it’s also my own home town.

It was great to be asked and always an interesting phone call with Amy, the latter is partly because she’s a pretty darned talented artist and has a really cracking eye for interior design. Which is sort of the opposite of what I do.

The ages at the gig ranged from under 4 to around 12-ish and armed with some fresh-cut from my homestead garden props it was a nice moment when the smallest began finishing off correctly my sentences when I was chatting the life cycle of a plant. In this case an apple tree.

We planted garlic cloves in compostable pots and chatted how they’ll never have to buy garlic again if they look after this one and how to look after it and then with the help of some volunteers we did the sowing watercress in cotton wool gig. Always loved doing that when I was a smaller. And then forgetting that I’d actually placed them in the bowl on top of the fridge. And then remembering that I had about 72 weeks later. Mad stuff altogether.  Always makes me smile.

Cheers to all for a cracker of a morning.

On a mild side note, this weeks Sodshow might prove of interest to some taller people who look after younger people 😉

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Garden Walk: Biodiversity Week 2013

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  • When: Sunday, 19th May 2013 @ 1pm
  • Meet: O’Connors Pub, Ballyboughal
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • What’s The Deal: It’s part of National Biodiversity Week 2013
  • Booking: just turnup

More Info On the Walk ?

I’ll be leading a group of shiny happy people cross country through some of Dublins untouched and best kept natural secrets and Ballyboughal’s hedgerows. It really is a different planet off the beaten track and it’s a walk that I do fairly irregularly. It’s also pretty much the finest way to enjoy the great outdoors that sit right on your and my doorstep. Got a degree in horticulture or simply like the fresh air, it kind of doesn’t matter where we’re going. 😉

What is Biodiversity ?

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Garden Talk: May 23rd 2013. Bealtaine Festival @ Stewarts Library

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What South Dublin Libraries and Bealtaine Festival 2013 say:

Gardening with Peter Donegan of The Sodshow, Ireland’s award winning dedicated gardening radio show on Dublin City fm. A must for those passionate about gardening! Thursday, 23rd @ 7.30pm

Of note:

The lovely people at Stewarts Library note in the poster that they made, see below, that although the talk is free booking is essential. Personally, I like to think booking is essential to avoid disappointment 😉 Also Bealtaine is a festival that celebrates creativity as we age with many varying events on for the entire month of May.

Honoured to be invited to talk at this little beauty of a library and Bealtaine Festival by South Dublin this should be a cracker of a night, in gardening terms; and the talk is open to all age groups. The talk should last about 35 minutes and there’ll be time for Q’s after.

To Book:

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Garden Demonstration Talk: National Potato Day 2013

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  • when: Tomorrow, Saturday March 23rd
  • time: the day runs 11am – 4pm. I’m up at 2pm
  • what: National Potato Day at Sonairte Ecology Centre

But you’re a landscape fellow ?

This is true and though I studied horticulture for 4 years specialising in landscaping, garden design and plants; part of my studies included field grown crops, one of which was potatoes. That and the fact that I have been gardening since I was 6 and growing my own spuds, before grow your own was grow your own…. if you get me.

Anyhow’s, assuming you are not a spud farmer, I’ll be chatting and demonstrating how to grow spuds in small spaces and domestic gardens. From the smallest amount of just one seed in one pot and upwards. From balcony gardens to the larger. That and well anything else you might want to know.

Also there on the day:

Ireland’s Largest Potato Collection; David Langford of Co Mayo and Dermot Carey who was the Head Gardener at Lissadell House will be there. The Sunflower Cafe will serve both usual and unusual potato dishes; also there will be Countrycrest, Meade Potatoes & Bord Bia along with over 15 varieties of potato to buy, from the most modern to some of the oldest, Admission Adults €5, children free, members free.  More details from,  Tel: 041-9827572,

Below is a pic of me with Trevor Sargent who asked me to do the gig tomorrow, taken at Sonairte.

garden group, sonairte, pic by jennifer farley

Garden Talk: GIY Naul, Thursday March 7th 2013

GIY Naul, Peter Donegan

This Thursday I will be giving a talk at The Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre. Here’s what Denise Dunne of The Herb Garden and The Naul GIY had to say:

Next Thursday, 7th March, I am delighted to welcome Award Winning garden designer, Peter Donegan as our guest speaker. Peter will give a talk on ‘Design Trends’, and the evolution of landscape design, from the 17th century to date. Edible gardens play a large part, as they go in and out of fashion. Design trends, good and bad, seem to continually repeat themselves.

After Peter’s talk there will be some time for a Q&A, and a bit of a chat.

Peter is a local (Award Winning) garden designer and landscaper, based in Ballyboughal.

He also presents ‘The Sod Show’, Ireland’s only gardening radio programme, and (also Award Winning!) podcast. You can listen back here.

I can promise you that this will be a very enjoyable evening. Not only is Peter extremely knowledgeable, he is also a very entertaining speaker, who can paint a picture with words, and really engage an audience.

There will be a small admission fee of €3.00, to cover costs. All welcome.

Hope to see you there,


Tel/Fax: 353 (0)1 8413907
Mobile: 353 (0)87 2758896

The Naul GIY group meets at 7pm on the first Thursday of every month and meets usually take place at The Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre. Further details on Thursdays event and/ or getting involved with the group contact Denise Dunne.