Backyard designer tends to make history as initial Irish particular person to earn gold at prestigious Australian flower clearly show

AN award-winning garden designer has built history by turning into the first Irish particular person to acquire a medal at a prestigious Australian flower exhibit.

Peter Donegan won a Gold Medal with The Bam Stone Backyard at Melbourne Global Flower and Backyard Exhibit 2023 – creating him the initially at any time Irish designer to gain a medal at the internationally renowned demonstrate.

He is also the to start with Irish man or woman to style and exhibit a show yard for the annual level of competition.

His winning entry was 1 of only five to get the Gold Clearly show Garden Award at the 2023 event which ran from March 29 to April 2.

Peter Donegan (centre) and team pictured at their medal-winning yard

The set up, a 200 sq. meter demonstrate garden, was produced by Semken Landscaping, who have been making gardens considering that 1987 and are the most medalled contractor in the flower show’s historical past.

The Bam Stone boasted the Dublin-born designer’s modern day eyesight of a really like story, depicting two hearts separated by a modest island off the coast of Galway to the mainland, and it immediately grew to become common among the the 120,000 site visitors to the Melbourne exhibit, which took area at globe heritage site The Royal Exhibition Setting up and Carlton Gardens.

Describing the do the job, the Peter Donegan Back garden Style workforce spelled out: “Featuring a collection of all-natural bluestone ways that symmetrically weave their way by way of a rocky landscape, recognisant of the journey designed throughout the Atlantic from the Connemara coastline, the place turned a limestone (moleanus) island that includes planting, shelter, and a one autumnal 8 metre tall Liriodendron tulipifera reflecting throughout the black drinking water, a beacon to those who desire to return to their adore.”

They incorporate: “From a back garden design standpoint the layout and make was a daring a single on a internet site the place one particular are unable to penetrate or dig in any way down below ground of the Unesco protected earth heritage web page and grew to become the greatest at any time backyard featuring drinking water in the show’s historical past and the most challenging establish Donegan and Semken have ever undertaken.

Peter Donegan’s Irish back garden depicts a love tale

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

“That having said that is of a daydream and totally plausible by sole advantage of creativeness and daydreams in which their not possible turns into feasible and separation by h2o no lengthier exists.

“The garden is also agent of love’s lots of kinds – unrequited appreciate, genuine like retained apart by distance, or unconditional lovers no lengthier physically together but never ever overlooked in the coronary heart.”

In 2001, aged 24, Ms Donegan established Peter Donegan Backyard Layout in Dublin.

It quickly received a host of awards for 17th and 18th century gardens intended and present gardens at countrywide opposition.

From 2019 to 2022 The RHS silver medallist became the sequence backyard designer for Ireland’s most viewed tv set show and RTE television’s Do it yourself SOS The Massive Develop Eire.

All through his time in Australia, Mr Donegan discovered time to visitor lecture at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Victoria and at Melbourne College.