First Irish designer for Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Peter Donegan is to design a show for Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show 2023, the largest and most prestigious horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Peter Donegan

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is located in the World Heritage Site of Carlton Gardens and The Royal Exhibition Building and returns from 29 March to 2 April 2023. 

Rated among the top five flower and garden shows in the world, it showcases only the finest calibre of garden design and landscape architecture talent selected from Australia and globally. This year Peter Donegan becomes the first Irish garden designer in the shows history invited and accepted to design a show garden at the prestigious show. 

“We are a small but beautiful design office completing designs at the very highest level for the last 21 years, but it is always an honour and another humbling compliment when invited anywhere. On this occasion to one of the world's best and a very beautiful part of Australia."

Design assistant Chloe Quinn said: “We are delighted to be working alongside Victoria based Semken Landscaping to realise this show garden. Since 1987 Martin and his team have been show garden building and contracting at the highest level and are the most medalled contractor in the shows history."

Donegan added: “MIFGS haven’t allowed us release designs just yet, but I can tell you it’s a contemporary vision of a love story and hearts separated via a small island off the coast of Galway to the mainland. That the build will take place during my second only ever St Patrick’s Day away from home in a particularly beautiful country that I’ve never been to is another always interesting journey. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” 

Peter Donegan Garden Design is an international and local garden design, landscape architecture and project management practice based in Dublin, Ireland. 

In 2001 aged 24, Peter Donegan Garden Design was founded and swiftly won a host of awards for 17th and 18th century gardens designed and show gardens for national competitions. 

From 2019 - 2022, the RHS silver medalist became the series garden designer for the country’s most watched TV show and RTE television’s DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland. 

Selected to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in 2018, he returned and designed a second inaugurated garden there in 2022 to commemorate the anniversary of Europe's largest war museum housed within the castle.


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