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Bloom 2007 – The Morris Minor Garden

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No Rubber Soul. Silver Medal Winner. My Garden for Bloom 2007.

I love this garden. I really do. I had no sponsor. I was advised not to do it. Nobody knew what Bloom was really and although I had won awards for garden design and landscaping, this was my first *show* garden. I don’t even think I knew what a weblog was when I did this garden so there really doesn’t exist that many photographs of  ‘No rubber- soul’ the garden. For some reason or another it became know as the Car-Den. Enjoy!

Peter Donegans garden design ‘No Rubber- Soul’ won silver in the large garden category in the inaugural year of Bloom in the Phoenix Park Friday 1st June 2007. During the 20 day deadline over 1,500 plants; 50 square metres of rolled lawn; 4 tonne of recycled compost; 5 tonnes of recycled bark chippings; 6 tonnes of recycled tree stumps one 1965 morris minor and an outdoor flat screen television.

Despite the rainfall over the bank holiday weekend over 50,000 people still flocked to see the unsponsored garden. No decking, no paving, no additives or preservatives…. Imagine sitting within two thirds of a 1965 Morris Minor, watching the television, smokes plumes through the front grill of your car and you sit back and watch nature and plant life grow around you. This is the garden that has no rubber but lots of soul. Built from 100% recycled and/ or recyclable products. Take a trip back to 1965 when men used shovels and gardens had soul.

Built to commemorate the many Irish men with initially, great intentions who promise to restore and rebuild projects but sometimes are never fully completed; it has been slightly adapted to via audio visual equipment to become an entertainment area of sorts and it should give the appearance that whilst unwillingly forgotten, the life of the garden continued to flourish around it.

….and of course there was this. genius.

this was the making of….

and there was also a bit of this….

Also:

bloom ’09 caption competition winner….

To see the competition – click here.

To hear the winner announced…… watch the video!

A huge thanks to Dublins 98 fm Dave for picking the winner for me

[disclaimer: *all complaints should be directed to Dublins 98fm’s Dave Moore click here to read his blog terms and conditions and apply no Dj’s were harmed in the filming of this video* 😆 ]

related posts:

an oldie but a goldie…

this was around the time of bloom ’07 [click here] and was a feature done for Capital D featured on rte. This was so much fun…. [I think it was my first time on the tiny screen]

i need you…

peter donegan garden design bloom 2007In 2007 my garden design ‘no rubber – soul’ [more commonly known now as the morris minor car garden] for the inaugural Bloom in the Park won silver medal. More importantly, for those involved the quite long media list [available on request] was endless. It even featured on Australian t.v.

In 2008, I and The Donegan Landscaping team went a stage further with ‘Pour L’amour de Jeux’/ for a love of the game [more commonly known as the pink boat garden] . Once again we were without a main sponsor – but for those involved the response was amazing. Of course the pink boat is now one of the star attractions at this years Electric Picnic.

peter donegan landscape design bloom 2008So why am I on the airwaves bleeting about Bloom 2009 so soon? Well, we need a sponsor. We have had none for two years and whilst so far, [honestly…] child hood dreams maybe got the better of me, at some point, unfortunately, costs must be considered…

Do I regret it? That’s a bit like asking did you regret getting married? When you love something so much… it was not ever considered. In that context, not an inch of regret. I love it.

Donegan landscaping has a host of awards from 17th century design and build to the most modern of gardens.

The garden name & theme has been chosen, concepts are in place. I guess all I need now is you….

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!