Demonstration and Talk: Sonairte National Potato Day 2014

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  • where: Sonairte Ecology Centre, Laytown, Co. Meath
  • Date: March 22nd 2014
  • Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Admission: Adults €5, children free, members free

What’s happening:

Via The Sodshow:

I did a talk and demo at Sonairte’s Potato Day 2013 and due to popular demand, they’ve asked me back. My wry wit aside, what I do know is Sonairte is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland that I simply cannot recommend highly enough and it’s National Potato Day a highlight on my calender.

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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.

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Garden Talk: GIY Naul, Thursday March 7th 2013

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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.

Garden Talk: March 3rd 2013, Sonairte Ecology Centre

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  • When: March 3rd, Sunday 2013
  • Time: 2pm
  • Subject: Garden Design Trends
  • Cost: €3
  • Where: Sonairte Ecology Centre, Laytown, Co. Meath


If you are looking for a great day out then you won’t go too far wrong with a trip to Sonairte Ecology Centre. It really is a place where I simply love to go to escape the hustle and bustle, yet it is still very much everything I love about horticulture and the great outdoors. The ultimate busmans holiday for me.

Here I will be giving a talk/ chat on the evolution of landscape design dating all the way back to the 17th Century right up to today. From the early 17th century trend of walled gardens and growing your own to the log roll pandemic and decking epedemics of the late 1980’s and 1990’s; and from topiary pruned hedges to the rise of raised beds and [eh…] grow your own in the late noughties and teens. Even in gardening and horticulture it’s funny how history repeats itself.

There should be more than enough time after for a chat, Q &A and a bit of conversation after.

Never been ? Take a listen to this with Trevor Sargeant:

Getting To Sonairte:

  • Map Sonairte is in Laytown, Co. Meath, 25 km north of Dublin. View Larger Map
  • Car Northbound from Dublin on the M1, take the exit for Julianstown. Look out for the brown tourism sign in Julianstown and turn right. You will spot Sonairte from a distance when you see the white wind turbine on the hilltop. The entrance to Sonairte is on the right just after the turbine.
  • Rail From Dublin take Drogheda train from Connolly Station to Laytown. Turn right under bridge and walk 5 minutes towards Julianstown. Click for Dublin to Laytown train timetable.
  • Bus New bus service from Dublin by Matthews Coach Hire stops outside centre. Click here to view the timetable.

Contact Peter Donegan:

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