Recently, very recently, we did a garden for an amazing client. Sincerely – simply a genuine and very appreciative all round lovely lady. I’m not saying all clients aren’t lovely… [you all are!] but as a garden designer, landscape gardener and the man who is entrusted with the creation of something breautiful for you… The pressure is on. Put there by yours truly [me just to clarify], of course. But then then I always did take it personal. I should. It is to be your great outdoors.
Some say I shop for plants like a bride trying to find that perfect wedding dress. Some say I’m the perfect man to hug your plants when they’re a little down. But I guess I simply love what I do. I always did love what it is I do. I am, I guess a loving gardener. I’m also 99% of the time genuinely a very happy person 🙂 I appreciate the simpler things in life. Simple like hello, goodbye and thank you – as the basics.
I also love the more free simplicities of life like walking – be guaranteed that’s generally in a park somewhere; which you may say, are still of a horticultural nature [search ‘park’ in my blog see what you get!]. I just love my life outdoors.
Outside of gardening I dont really have much of a life. That’s not a complaint. I suppose, it is how I like it. It is my hobby, my dream come true and my passion. I write it. I eat writing it. Sometimes, I even wake up in the middle of the night and jot down my doodles and thoughts about it. Then I go back to sleep. On my holidays – I visted two parks. It’s all I could find 🙁
What I am trying to say, I guess is that because of the very simplistic kindness of one lady [and so many others in the past], I was compelled, inspired and urged to thank you [all] for allowing me to do what it is I really love doing – in your gardens.
I want to thank all of you who raised, donated [no matter how much] or simply gave me your couple of spare shillings, for my second journey with The Niall Melon Towship Trust. This will be my second year travelling to Cape Town. Thank you all. If not to me for the charity. Bulaidh bós – you deserve applause!
To this I must and should thank those who helped me. I had to raise €5,000. This is how it was done, with *your* help.
There was of course the ladies who did the mini marathon for me and raised over €710. Ladies, from my heart, I thank you.
There was also a client who, on her behalf, Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd donated the entire paid invoice. This raised €2750.
There were those who purchased tickets for the Gardeners Ball, an amazing night, made more special by those who I spent it with. We really had ‘a ball’ at that one! Half the money from the ticket price of €250 went towards my journey. This raised €750.
There were those who gave me VIP tickets in exchange for a very large pink boat. I bought these myself for recently married friends [i couldn’t get a higher bidder]. This raised €790, the balance of the account.
All that’s left to say really is… thank you [all] for being a friend
Individuals: Helen & Noel O’ Dwyer; Derek O’ Dwyer; Sean & Frances Gordon, Siobhan & John Farrell; Liz Matthews; Mary & Lilly Yu [my niece]; Jackie Donegan; Kathleen & John Friel; Noel & Stephanie; Michael & Nicola Nugent; Paul & Emer Kenny; [little] Sarah O’Dwyer [if there is anyone else please email me and i’ll add you to the list]
Companies: Packing Machine Solutions; Niamh Butler Architects; Electric Picnic c/o Pod Concerts Ltd; the staff of Iarnród Eireann and the staff of Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd.
So many times I hear people say they never knew I did this or that with relevance to ‘gardening’ of some form. This may sound like a sort of pitch – it’s more clarification – on the record.
The company is called Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd. But, maybe I should have called ‘the company’ Peter Donegan… anything horticulture or ‘gardening’ Ltd. Gardening consists of so many varying matters and subjects, which often firms chose to specialise in solely one aspect of. I choose to like *everything* done in-house and under the one roof. So what do I/ we do?
consultancy: advice from domestic to commercial, whether considering a budget, design advice or simply the most general of matters. I know we know what we’re talking about.
design: with numerous awards under our belts for garden design from domestic to commercial from large to small and historic to modern; it’s your space outside and our role is to get the best results from that budget and your space.
maintenance: employing only the finest horticulturists, it is gardening, it matters and we do it. In fact unknowns to some we hold an award for this too!
sales: from product sourcing to product sales. If it’s related to the garden we sell it. from plants to mulch, from soil to seating it’s all there and the list goes on… and on…
landscaping: the name says it all! garden building, garden making, overhauls, revamps and re-creations… from the oldest to the boldest….
That’s the basics. But this can be broken down once again into project management, tree surgery, lawns, planning… but the reason why i only work with the finest horticulturists is so that the customer gets what exactly the customer wants. The way it should be. From Donegal to Galway, from Wexford to Dublin, even overseas… you are the customer – you can have whatever you want.
If its not on the list, you like it, love it or want it, let me know. It may be in the weblog [search for it]. If I can help you – I will. In the meantime…. Thank you.
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
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!
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