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pink! giving berth at bloom 2008 [7]

Award winning landscape architect, Peter Donegan, is at it again. This year his show garden ‘Pour L‘amour de Jeux’ (For a love of the game) in Bloom 2008 will feature a 1957, 11 metre, pink, three storey pleasure cruise boat!

Building on the success of No Rubber Soul his award winning large show garden in Bloom 2007 where he featured a 1965 Morris Minor, split in two, no less, Peter decided to go bigger and brighter for Bloom 2008 and prove that dreams do really come true and if you put your mind to it you can do anything.

Peter’s mind will certainly need to be focused on the morning of May 8th as the pink, 3 storey, 11 metre long, 3.5 metre high pleasure cruise boat sets sail from Ballyboughal onto the M1, M50 and into the Phoenix Park where it will be berthed for the duration of Bloom 2008.

Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd was set up just eight years ago and in October 2007 Peter was presented with two national awards by the ALCI (Association of Landscape Contractors of Ireland) and most recently received the National Amenity Quality Award in recognition of standards achieved under the Bord Bia Landscape Quality Programme.

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Event: Bright Pink, 11 metre pleasure cruise ship prepares to berth in bloom 2008
Route: Ballyboughal, M1, M50, Castleknock Gate, Phoenix Park
Date: 8th May 2008
UPDATE: TIME: 4am – 6pm [no later due to traffic/ OPW] departure and arrival

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A 1957, 11 metre long, bright pink, pleasure cruiser shall sail down the M1 and M50 on May 8th heading for its berth place at Bloom 2008 in the Phoenix Park. The imaginative, award winning, landscape architect, Peter Donegan has designed a large show garden including the boat for this year’s event entitled ‘Pour L’amour de Jeux’ (For the Love of the Game).

The three storey, pink, 11 metre long, 6 metre high pleasure boat will cruise from Ballyboughal, onto the M1, M50, Castleknock entrance into the Phoenix Park where it shall take up residence until the end of Bloom 2008.

Peter’s large show garden in Bloom 2007, ‘No Rubber Soul’ received a Silver Medal and featured a 1965 Morris Minor.

Contact Peter on 01 8078712 www.doneganlandscaping.com

taxing issues in the garden…

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This picture [above] was taken at last years bloom in the park and emailed to me by a colleague after the June Bank Holiday weekend – That same colleague emailed me again today with the same title wishing me luck in this years Bloom 2008 with this photograph of myself and our new Taoiseach Brian Cowan….

peter & brian

peter & brian

bloom 2008 [3] – sow far sow great …

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…. the paint colour has been selected for our main feature for Bloom 2008 and thank must go to D.B. Painters [David Behan Painting & Decorating 0872551928 – pictured above], for looking after this. Whilst Nicola is still on board to hand paint the boats name, the mammoth task of giving rebirth to ‘Mo Cailín Caitlín is now being looked after with the addition of another Fingal business. Thank you sow much!

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That said – none of this is possible until the fine boat rebuilding skills of Noel O’Dwyer [pictured above with one of his many lengths of timber] are put into practice. Noel is no stranger to garden shows having previously worked on No Rubber Soul last year in Bloom 2007 where his meticulous carpentry skills were so much appreciated. Go raibh míle maith agat Noelie!

Now that the boat is in good hands – its off to Tully Nurseries to inspect plants, meet with the Atfar Construction civil engineers, find a main sponsor, check the sculpt……. This year the team is just getting bigger and better. Thank you all.

At least there will be buds on the trees this week…. ?!!
Talk soon and wish me luck!

peter

bloom 2008 [2] – the boat

pour l'amour de jeux - the boat garden

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yesterday was not the most usual of days in my horticultural career! This 1957, 33 foot, 7 tonne boat is the model Royal Cruiser IV that will be used in Bloom 2008, the garden show extravaganza in the Phoenix Park this June Bank Holiday weekend.

It took 7 men, a 30 tonne specialist marine transporter and 6 hours to lift and move it 6 km. Working with me on the boat will be John Friel and his team who also who rebuilt the morris minor for last years garden.

we got a lot of strange looks when word went out that this was the boat for our show garden but.. maybe ‘show’ gardens should be just that….

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2007 a good year ?

bloom 2007

bloom 2007

Our year started with preparations for Bloom 2007. The nicer part of the horticultural business built with some superb help, but no sponsor! With a business to keep afloat and 9 full time staff on the payroll – this is where the horticultural business become really exciting – but so very real and also where some of the pictures will show quite large bags under my eyes! Absolute madness but… I loved every second of it.

On the same day we received Silver medal in the large garden category we won another award & entered the top 50 companies to operate through use of the Irish language.

sunken garden

sunken garden

07 also saw the award winning gardens of Brackenstown come to fruition. It is, possibly, rarely said, but I am priveliged to work with such a fine team of likeminded gentlemen [and Sara of course!] all who strive for the highest standards of excellence. I thank you for your patience?!!

With all things in life it can be made easier; Not less work, just less complex. To this an ‘ode’ must be paid to the clients we have worked with this year. From my heart I thank you sincerely for your understanding and also for the absolute pleasure it was to work with you on your designs, gardens and projects.

2007 however could not forget a most memorable trip to South Africa with The Niall Mellon Township. From my 4 year old niece Lilly [who gave me her pocket money] to the finest colleagues & clients; you all made this possible and I thank you once again for your generosity, understanding and thoughtfulness. It is an event I will never forget made even greater by the good friends and many people who also chose to do great things with their time to help others.

A good year? on one hand no business is ever an easy journey I suppose… but for the people I have had the pleasure to shake hands with this year; for those who stood taller by my side [DG/GC/DK] when life threw and odd one my way…one should really say it was a great year.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh. Nollaig Shona duit. Slán agus beannacht.