French museum opens backyard made by Ballyboughal gentleman

Jardin Philophrosyne, the second backyard built and realised by Ballyboughal’s Peter Donegan Backyard garden Design at a 13th century castle was formally inaugurated in France, lately.

he new yard was designed in celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Historial de la Grande Guerre, Europes greatest war museum embedded inside of the cities emblem in the Somme area of Northern France.

In 2018, Ballyboughal garden architect Donegan was one of 14 designers picked from all around the globe to design and style at historic places to commemorate the centenary of the ending of WW1.

The peace back garden, Jardin Eutychia (after the Greek Goddess of Contentment) was realised in the Chateau’s dried up moat.

Of the most modern undertaking, at 1st glance the backyard is a visitors most beautiful welcome, but it includes also a herbarium of entire world war medicinal plants, virtual actuality story telling and a whole measurement Panzer tank and a plant selection of scent built to evoke memory in the three tiered house contained inside of a towns castle courtyard that has fallen three periods.

Considering that 2019, the castles in-property research employees, its Director Hervé Francois and Peter Donegan alongside Chloe Quinn have worked side by side on elements of the gardens detail.

Peter Donegan factors out : “The difficult part of this design and as significant, the realisation was that castle and in unique the courtyard was made ultimately to preserve people out and in this assignments circumstance the only obtain was by way of the properties entrance archway and via the 17 metre lengthy tunnel. Invariably the gardens good results came down to a pretty shut doing the job partnership with amongst others landscape contractors Laurent Dachy and the carpentry team Clement Henocque (CH Bois).”

In accordance to Assistant Designer Chloe Quinn: “That we took a daydream designed it into an equation and, it persons marvel how we created it all happen is specifically what we originally dreamt when we ended up appointed to this magical and now eloquently fitting but gorgeous task.”

Peter Donegan is an internationally renowned horticulturist, yard designer and speaker. His follow was borne in 2001 and extremely swiftly realized acclaim successful a host of awards for 17th & 18th century gardens & demonstrate gardens at national competition. Peter is the collection yard designer for Diy SOS The Big Construct for RTE Television, an RHS Silver medalist and has created at Château de Péronne, France in 2019 and 2022.