On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, West Cork.
Inish Beg is a private island estate reached by bridge in the beautiful Ilen Estuary in stunning West Cork, 4.5 miles (7.5 km) from the town of Skibbereen. Pretty much to ruin, it was bought by the Keane family in 1997 and then began its transformation. As of now it comprises a series award winning houses or cottages and its 97 acres of gardens and woodlands have been designated as one of the 100 Best Gardens in Ireland (Liberties Press,2011).
Today we chat the estate, the gardens, it and Tony’s history. And also how one turns a little of the great outdoors into a place where you could literally stay forever.
As a by the by, this is the first to air from The West Cork mini series of podcasts and only the 4th Irish interview by The Sodshow this year. The next 2 episodes will also come from West Cork and all 14 in total are part of West Cork Garden Trail.
I loved it so much I stayed there camping with family for an extra 5 days after – a far cry from my stay at Bantry House I’ll grant you (thank you Brigitte – an upcoming guest also – and Sophie), but still West Cork. And I’m due back camping there again in about 2 weeks time with friends. We are going looking at gardens, again.
Huge thanks to Miriam and Bev of West Cork Garden Trail for making this interview possible. And also to the people of West Cork and the very magnificient team at Inish Beg for being so very wonderful. Thank you all so very much.
On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Mark Francis of MKM Creations.
Peter first stumbled across Mark and the garden he made whilst at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016 where Mark had created a garden. Based in Sheffield however Mark is not of horticulture but more of steel and whilst the garden was daring (as it should be in the fresh category) it was also extremely beautiful.
The question however is always how does a man who works with steel get to the worlds most prestigious show and more how did his creation manage to catch my eye. Higher than highly recommended it was an absolute honour to sit by his side, to chat and re-tell in audio his story.
On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Sophie Leguil of Plant Heritage.
We discuss just what exactly Plant Heritage do and the importance of their work. How you, even with the smallest spaces can get involved and just how important it is that you might. We dabble a little in some big words and then go entirely off the point.
We also find out just how a young lady from France ended up working for such an important association and the amazing work that Sophie does there.
The following was recorded live from Dublin Castle as part of Bloom Fringe 2016.
Part 1 – MC Peter Donegan welcomes and introduces the Irish Premier of The John Legend directed Ron Finley Film, Can You Dig This. The panel of guests are introduced on stage and explain what it is they do and then very special invited friends speak to Peter about their projects and how they have seen and created change.
Part 2 – Our panel discussion takes place and questions are welcomed from the audience.
On todays show Peter Donegan chats with Michael Perry, New Product Development Manager with Thompson and Morgan, the largest mail order plant company.
Michaels may be better known to some for his appearances on QVC Shopping Channel, but his career started something very, very differently indeed and is one that he very much has made and created his own path.
On todays garden podcast we chat Michaels (age 6) miniature mail order herb company and selling plants at the end of his driveway, a first job with Thompson and Morgan – that began by winning a competition where he designed a garden for them (age just 18); where I should add, after just 6 months one of his more seniors left his post and Michael stepped up a notch. Impressive ? Very Impressive.
There’s a little more to than that and of course we rove entirely off the point, as only Peter could do.