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(Garden) Guest Speaker: St Dominics School, Ballyfermot, Dublin

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pic above courtesy Ms Mills, St Dominics Secondary School

I’ve done garden talks before. Christ Church Cathedral for Dublin Garden Festival, Clare Garden Festival and of course with Gardening Clubs. And although I have also spoken with schools before, this talk was a little bit different. Not different bad. More different as in unique. Which is what my Mom used to call me.

Sidetracking slightly, as I often tend to do; It seems the norm for “school gardens”, is that the curriculum is granted an allocation of time and space – most certainly to raised vegetable beds – in which pupils have school time to garden. Of note, any form of horticulture in schools is far from a bad thing.

But I kind of see gardening like music or poetry. Or, being in love, as I noted when talking with Gerry Kelly on The Late Lunch Radio Show. And it should be something more than that. And in my opinion, something that comes very much from the heart. Or makes you smile, more.

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Garden Talk: Castlepollard Gardening Club, Co. Westmeath

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I was genuinely honoured to be invited to give a talk with Castlepollard Gardening Club which, takes place Thursday 25th September, 2014.

It’s been pretty fine weather garden making and the last talk I did at Dublin Garden Festival and Christchurch Cathedral back in June of this year in mind, I guess my wee hiatus from talking [?], leaves me very much looking forward to this one.

Of note (maybe), I’m not that used to there being any sort of no entry fee to hear me speak, which I’m sure may sound a little cocky of me; or, maybe that’s just what I’m used to. Then again I’ve never had to pay to hear me speak. Either or, here’s whatchoo need to know.

The talk will last about an hour or so and Shirley tells me there will be tea and cakes after and also I will be hanging on for as long as is necessary to answer any questions. Recommended accomodation as a by the way is The Hotel Castlepollard.

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Garden Talks: Greensax Compost For Schools

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It was towards the end of the schools calender that I did a series of composting garden talks with some of Dublin’s Primary Schools in association with Greensax.ie

Lasting 20 – 25 minutes I explained what happens to our green waste after the wheelie bin is taken away and how en mass, what happens in a normal compost heap is replicated. On a side note, the images of the maggots and the worms always got a yukky but brilliant reaction from the younger generation and some of the teachers.

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Garden Speaking, Gardening Talks and Classes 2013

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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.

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Examples of Garden Talks and Gardening Demonstrations:

2012:

2011:

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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…

 

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Gardening Classes, Garden Talks and Speaking 2012

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Whilst my previous working life did include teaching horticulture, the last few years have seen that skill been recalled into action. Public gardening demonstrations, certificate classes to schools in Dublin, garden sessions with Fingal Libraries and talks to Gardening and Horticultural societies all took place throughout 2011.

Live in the heart of the Dublin City Centre, in a community hall, in the middle of a field or in the library – every venue and almost every possible topic was covered.

Bookings and inquiries are now being taken for 2012.

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Recent Examples of Garden Talks and Gardening Demonstrations:

Other:

  • I also run the Garden Group and am more than happy to chat garden tours and outings tailor-made to suit you, your needs and your group.

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For Your Event…

  • Public demonstrations and talks for events/ public or other can be done. Probably best you phone me on this one or drop by for that mug of coffee.
  • Got a random suggestion or query – just give me a call – see below for details.
  • Some inquiries have been made recently as to sponsoring products and/ or a course/ class. You’ll probably want to have a mug of coffee or call me first – I’m open to suggestions.
  • Anything else just ask

Contact Peter Donegan

  • email info@doneganlandscaping.com
  • call 087-6594688  if you don’t get an answer please do leave a message and I will call you back as soon as is possible. I am possibly up a tree and it may be dangerous to take your call at that time.
  • on facebook: facebook.com/DoneganLandscaping

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