Garden designer makes history as first Irish person to win gold at prestigious Australian flower show

Greg Stevens

AN award-profitable backyard designer has manufactured history by becoming the initial Irish man or woman to get a medal at a prestigious Australian flower show.

Peter Donegan gained a Gold Medal with The Bam Stone Back garden at Melbourne International Flower and Backyard Present 2023 – building him the initial at any time Irish designer to acquire a medal at the internationally renowned present.

He is also the very first Irish person to design and exhibit a clearly show yard for the yearly opposition.

His winning entry was a person of only 5 to acquire the Gold Present Back garden Award at the 2023 function which ran from March 29 to April 2.

Peter Donegan (centre) and staff pictured at their medal-profitable backyard

The set up, a 200 square meter clearly show yard, was built by Semken Landscaping, who have been making gardens because 1987 and are the most medalled contractor in the flower show’s heritage.

The Bam Stone boasted the Dublin-born designer’s present-day eyesight of a adore story, depicting two hearts divided by a smaller island off the coast of Galway to the mainland, and it rapidly turned common amid the 120,000 readers to the Melbourne show, which took position at planet heritage web page The Royal Exhibition Constructing and Carlton Gardens.

Describing the work, the Peter Donegan Back garden Style and design workforce explained: “Featuring a collection of normal bluestone steps that symmetrically weave their way through a rocky landscape, recognisant of the journey manufactured across the Atlantic from the Connemara coast, the destination became a limestone (moleanus) island that includes planting, shelter, and a solitary autumnal 8 metre tall Liriodendron tulipifera reflecting across the black water, a beacon to those people who wish to return to their enjoy.”

They add: “From a backyard development perspective the layout and make was a daring one particular on a website in which just one can not penetrate or dig in any way down below floor of the Unesco shielded world heritage internet site and became the major at any time backyard that includes water in the show’s background and the most difficult create Donegan and Semken have ever carried out.

Peter Donegan’s Irish back garden depicts a really like story

“The story, albeit interpretive, is of a man hoping, in reality in vain that on the island his beau and he will fulfill and be together.

“That even so is of a daydream and completely plausible by sole advantage of creativeness and daydreams where by their difficult gets to be doable and separation by drinking water no more time exists.

“The back garden is also representative of love’s quite a few forms – unrequited love, correct adore saved aside by distance, or unconditional fans no more time physically alongside one another but by no means neglected in the heart.”

In 2001, aged 24, Ms Donegan started Peter Donegan Backyard Design in Dublin.

It quickly won a host of awards for 17th and 18th century gardens designed and present gardens at national competition.

From 2019 to 2022 The RHS silver medallist turned the collection garden designer for Ireland’s most watched tv display and RTE television’s Do-it-yourself SOS The Big Make Eire.

In the course of his time in Australia, Mr Donegan discovered time to visitor lecture at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria and at Melbourne University.

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