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.
Anna studies insects and normally works on garden pests and garden wildlife but on this occasion was one of the brains behind the butterfly dome at Hampton Court Palace. From Anna’s childhood and an at that age interest in insects, her studies of zoology and working at the butterfly house whilst there to today and her work with The RHS.
We delve into just how the butterfly dome was put together, how it was pieced together to what you can do to attract butterflies into your garden. Of course we also go entirely somewhat off the point and as per usual come all the way back around.