Garden Speaking, Gardening Talks and Classes 2013

peter donegan garden speaker, peter donegan

Whilst my early working days did include teaching horticulture, the last years have seen that skill recalled, with a mild bit of a twist. The talker of gardens that I am, alongside Niall O’Keeffe I host The SodShow, Ireland’s only Garden Radio Show on 103.2 Dublin City Fm. In October 2012 it was awarded Irelands Best Podcast.

From a horticultural talking public perspective, 2012 saw me speaking at everything from music festivals and one-off public gardening demonstrations, to private gardening classes and demonstrations and talks to Gardening and Horticultural societies.

Bookings and inquiries are now being taken for 2013.

peter donegan television

Examples of Garden Talks and Gardening Demonstrations:



huntstown community centre garden fair (11) spirit of folk 2012, peter donegan

For Your Event

  • Public demonstrations and talks for events/ public or other, got a random suggestion or query – just give me a call – see below for details.
  • If it’s not noted above, just hollar. I make good caffeine and different very often proves most interesting.
  • Anything else, just ask…


Contact Peter Donegan

peter donegan peter donegan peter donegan peter donegan

Thank You: Spirit of Folk 2012 #soff12

spirit of folk 2012, peter donegan

On Saturday 22nd September 2012 I played spoke at my first festival. The Green Soul Area at The Spirit of Folk Festival 2012 to be exact. And though Peter Donegan and The Crickets does have a certain ring to it, it was not I’m happy to note with a guitar and a back up band that I went there.

I was but of course speaking about gardens.

The Thank You Department:

To the artist liaison’s Giuliana and Diane who made my gigging there so much nicer; To Ruth, a random member of the audience who read so eloquently my back up quotes with absolute perfect timing; To you who came along, sat, listened, laughed and chatted – it was a real genuine honour. Last but by no means least to The Spirit of Folk 2012 Festival team for booking me, the getting [and also keeping] me there and for being so very wonderful.

Thank you all so very very much, with a big red cherry on the top. 🙂

Garden Talk: Spirit Of Folk Festival 2012

  • Speaker: Peter Donegan
  • When: 1.45 – 2.45pm, Saturday 22nd September 2012
  • Where: Spirit of folk Festival 2012, Dunderry Park, Co. Meath
  • Area: The Festival Ecology Area
  • Admission: see for tickets and prices

What is The Spirit of Folk Festival:

Spirit of Folk is a three-day, family friendly festival running from 21-23 September in the stunning grounds of Dunderry Park, Co Meath. Over the weekend we’ll be rockin’ to some of the finest and freshest acts that folk music has to offer. Spirit of Folk promises to be the most eye-catching, intimate, and bewitching festival of 2012!

caroline duke, natasha duffy, peter donegan

Pictured above: Spirit of Folk organisers and lovely folk, Caroline Duke and Natasha Duffy with Peter Donegan at Dunderry House

  • Garden Talk Title: Gardening is for Grandmom’s. Grow Your Own is for for hippies.
  • Further: an evolutionary look at how we, horticulture and our relationship with the landscape has changed and grown over the years.

Peter Donegan began gardening at the age of 5. When he grew up, he went on to study horticulture for 4 years. In 2001 he set up Donegan Landscaping and has won a host of design and landscaping awards for 17th and 18th century gardens and show gardens at National competition. Peter hosts and presents The Sodshow, Dublin’s only garden radio show and podcast and lives in the wee town of Ballyboughal, North County Dublin with his family, his two dogs and his three hens.

More information on The Spirit of Folk Festival 2012:

Further information:

  • email: info[at]doneganlandscaping[dot]com
  • twitter: @DoneganGardens
  • phone: +353(87)6594688

Garden Talk @ New Ireland Assurance

new ireland assurance

A little note of huge and gigantic thanks to the very lovely and wonderful staff of New Ireland Assurance where this evening I gave a ‘Grow Your Own – In Confined Spaces’ talk/ demonstration.

People that make a place in mind, everyone sincerely was just absolutely lovely and as gigs go, I should admit I really enjoyed that one.

A wee note of extra added thank you to my liaise Emma from the well-being committee for being an absolute lady and also to the gent that is Maurice who made sure I got there and back in one piece. Legendary status has just been granted 😉

Garden Fair and Talk at Huntstown Community Centre

On Thursday 3rd May I gave a talk at the first ever Garden Fair at Huntstown Community Centre, Blanchardstown. It wasn’t supposed to be a big event, when I first got the call. It was supposed to be a cup of tea maybe, and a garden talk to 30 or so members of The Ladies Club of the Community Centre.

Within weeks 3 of the ladies, Sharon Farrell, Sheila and Bernie took it upon themselves to create a real event, for the community. What it became was a live on stage garden talk/ demonstration with gardeners Q & A session after. Around that was organised the plant and garden paraphernalia fair where I did happily spend a small fortune.

At work on the evening, far far bigger than myself was a real community. Big smiles, nothing too much to ask for or do and genuinely fine hearted people. In context, it was the first ever talk I have done where I was greeted with a real big hug. A Quality I’m proud to note I encourage in my wee daughter Ella.

To everyone that I met, it was a real honour, sincerely. To Sharon, Sheila and Bernie I’m looking forward to our next cuppa already. To Huntstown community for the gift and to The Ladies for the beautiful card and the so very much appreciated gifts, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much. Take a bow, you are simply wonderful.

More info:

  • Bernie Kennefick, Huntstown Community Centre,
  • Address: Huntstown, Dublin 15
  • Web:
  • email: