Gardens by Peter Donegan, Landscaping Dublin, Ireland

Bespoke 17th Century Gazebo

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Recently the gardens of Brackenstown got the ‘peace de resistance’ that [in my heart] it so much deserved. The gazebo was installed 2 weeks ago in the centre of the tranquility garden after almost eight months since it was first considered. The funny thing I suppose was that within three days it was fitted, installed and painted as if it had been there all its life. When it is found difficult to believe that the life of the structure is one of such youth, I suppose it could be said that the job has been done and done extremely well. It is bespoke, the only one in the world and hand made, the old style way.

Credit when taking on a project like this must go primarily to ‘any’ client who has that ‘je ne sais quoi’ and forward vision to trust in a designer to bring something like this to fruition. I shall rephrase, when one does not know what the final outcome will be [obviously] and one has never seen ‘one’ before, it can be, difficult if you chose; only in the sense that if you are a ‘I need to see it first’ kind of person. If not, bespoke features for a garden are one off, special, specific, of true splendour and yours [and yours only].

the pink boat – the finalé

peter donegan.... wondering sometimes why I didn't choose an easier garden design

when I started this journey some people laughed. I was happy they smiled, how or why is irrelevant I suppose. Maybe some people thought I did this garden for some alternate reasons or other [?]. I didn’t. I had no sponsor. I had no money. I just had a dream to create. I still have. I also have the greatet friends who were willing to help me and drop everything just to see this journey complete. I call them the thank you so so much list and to you all, I am eternally greatful.

I just wanted to bring recycling to its ultimate level and show it didn’t need to be all dirty, muddy and somewhat hippy-esque to be involved in. I think I did? The response from the public was overwhelming! It almost made me cry I was so happy, because of their [your] response. It was also a child-like vision and like a sort of ‘drop dead fred’ style thing in my mind. I hope it never leaves me. But I still felt that the garden wasn’t really ‘accepted’.

I can’t describe the feeling when Rick spoke to me live on the airwaves. Not so much that but the response from the public, in their thousands. Thank you all. [I’ll publish this list after; it really deserves a post to itself].

And so it was narrowed down to one call from Siobhán from The Electric Picnic. She explained to me that the pink boat, my dream, would have a home for life where people could meet, a landmark of sorts. Respect and an apt retire had been found. A final resting place… and in my head I pictured this video… I think it summises the journey of Pour l’amour de Jeux from its creation and how it felt inside my mind at its journeys end… thank you.

UPDATE: siobhán has donated 2 VIP passes to ELECTRIC PICNIC. The money I will get for them will go towards my trip with the garden of hope & the Niall Mellon Township – make me an offer….. ?

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anyone know what to do with a large pink boat?

peter donegan pink boat free

that is the simple question… I have two options.

One it goes to a good home for restoration or for a garden OR it gets put into a large skip.

It must be out of the park by this weekend and the boat movers must be booked pretty much as soon as possible.

Any suggestions, sooner rather than later, please…. the clock is literally ticking

if you wish and we do get a few bob it can go to the Niall Mellon Trust and the Garden of Hope team where I will travel this November. If not, not to worry be happy the boat has a good home and you’ve [re] re-berthed a fine piece of mahogany.

for a love of the game – the thank you so much list bloom 2008 [11]

peter donegan landscaping ltd

Tully Nurseries Ltd. – master plant grower

Deidre Breathnach – wexfords very own Da Vinci

Maura Hickey – the finest photographer in Ireland

B.D.F Commercials Ltd – suppliers of products from my imagination and storage

D.B. Painters – decoration and painting

Patrick Campbell (& Veronica) – sculptor of all things

Gormleys Fine Art – beautiful

Atfar Construction – civil engineers, usually builders and genuine nice guys

Fingal Farm Home & Garden – marina builders and creators of all things timber

Rockworld – messiahs of the water world

Noel O’Dwyer – boat restoration and a gentleman from Hollywood, Co. Wicklow

Whittens Road Haulage – they said it couldn’t be moved

Enrich Environmental – composts and mulches not from a bog

Summerhill Lawns – the finest grass in Ireland

Allscape Centre – just when I needed you

Susan and Jessica Fagan – our beautiful models

Damien Mulley, Rick O’Shea & Aido at Segala – web wizards and genuine nice guys

The irish video team – absolute genius cinematography

the staff, our family, friends and clients of Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd

and of course to all of YOU who took the time to visit our garden & say hello… I just hope we made you smile!

plant list – pour l’amour de jeux bloom 2008 [10]

· Helleborus orientalis 1 Litre

· Digitalis purpurea ‘Torpedo Lilac’ 1.5 Litre

· Doronicum caucasicum ‘Little Leo’ 1.5 Litre

· Agapanthus ‘Midnight Blue’ 30-35cm 2 Litre

· Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ 2 Litre

· Astilbe ‘Gladstone’ 2 Litre

· Brunnera macrophylla 2 Litre

· Carex comans ‘Bronze Form’ 2 Litre

· Carex morrowii ‘Evergold’ 2 Litre

· Cortaderia selloana ‘Pumila’ 2 Litre

· Cosmos atrosanguineum ‘Chocomocha’ 2 Litre

· Dryopteris affinis 2 Litre

· Dryopteris erythrosora 2 Litre

· Euphorbia characias ‘Silver Swan’ 2 Litre

· Geum chiloense ‘Lady Stratheden’ 2 Litre

· Hosta ‘August Moon’ 2 Litre

· Hypericum magical ‘Mix’ 2 Litre

· Luzula sylvatica ‘Marginata’ 2 Litre

· Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’ 2 Litre

· Stipa arundinacea 2 Litre

· Santolina chamaecyparissus 2 Litre

· Spiraea japonica ‘Firelight’ 20-30cm 2 Litre

· Verbascum ‘Jackie’ 2 Litre

· Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price’ 2 Litre

· Cordyline australis ‘Sundance’ 70-75cm 2.5 Litre

· Cimicifuga ramose ‘Brunette’ 3 Litre

· Hebe ‘Pink Panther’ 3 Litre

· Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ 3 Litre

· Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’ 3 Litre

· Paeonia ‘Bowl of Beauty’ 3 Litre

· Phormium ‘Bronze Baby’ 3 Litre

· Phormium ‘Platt’s Black’ 3 Litre

· Phormium ‘Jester’ 50-60cm 3 Litre

· Rodgersia ‘Hercules’ 3 Litre

· Lupinus ‘Gallery Red Shades’ 3.5 Litre

· Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ 4 Litre

· Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Purpurea’ 5 Litre

· Euphorbia amygdalodies robbiae 5 Litre

· Fascicularia bicolor 5 Litre

· Hebe ‘Champion’ 5 Litre

· Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ 5 Litre

· Hosta fortunei ‘Albopicta’ 5 Litre

· Hosta fortunei ‘Frances Williams’ 5 Litre

· Hydrangea ‘Red’ 55cm 5 Litre

· Magnolia soulangeana ‘Susan’ 5 Litre

· Pittosporum tenu. ‘Tom Thumb’ 5 Litre

· Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ 7.5 Litre

· Genista hispanica 7.5 Litre

· Pittosporum tenu. ‘Tom Thumb’ 7.5 Litre

· Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ 80-100cm 10 Litre

· Astilbe japonica ‘Deutschland’ 10 Litre

· Hosta ‘Halcyon’ 10 Litre

· Ligularia przewalskii 10 Litre

· Prunus laurocerasus ‘Zabelliana’ 120-130cm 10 Litre

· Abelia x grandiflora 80-100cm 15 Litre

· Ceanothus thyrsiflorus ‘Repens’ 15 Litre

· Ceanothus ‘Italian Skies’ 15 Litre

· Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ 15 Litre

· Fagus sylvatica 200-225cm 15 Litre

· Halimum libanotis 15 Litre

· Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ 15 Litre

· Phoenix canarensis 100-125cm 15 Litre

· Phormium t. ‘Purpureum’ 80-100cm 15 Litre

· Physocarpus opul diabalo 15 Litre

· Potentilla ‘Sunset’ 15 Litre

· Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’ 80-100cm 15 Litre

· Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’ 15 Litre

· Spiraea nipponica ‘Snowmound’ 15 Litre

· Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’ 15 Litre

· Arbutus unedo 80-100cm18 Litre

· Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ 100-150cm 18 Litre

· Trachycarpus fortuneii 60-80cm 18 Litre

· Sorbaria tomentosa angustifolia 125-150cm 25 Litre

· Cedrus deodara 150-175cm 30 Litre

· Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ 150-175cm 30 Litre

· Cercidiphyllum japonicum 250-300cm 35 Litre

· Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ (G) 10/12 45 Litre

· Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ (G) 12/14 45 Litre

· Carpinus betulus ‘Monumentails’ 150-175cm 50 Litre

· Magnolia soulangeana 175-200cm 50 Litre

· Aesculus hippo ‘Pyramidalis’ 250-300cm 70 Litre

· Arbutus unedo 150-175cm 70 Litre

· Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ 200-250cm 70 Litre

· Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ 125-150cm 110 Litre

· Cornus florida ‘Rubra’ 350-400cm 280 Litre

· Betula nigra 400-450cm 600 Litre

· Prunus avium ‘Plena’ (G) 25/30 Airpot