Horticulture Week Podcast: TV garden designer and podcast pioneer Peter Donegan on how he 'loves it when a plan comes together'

Peter Donegan, Matthew Appleby
Peter Donegan, Matthew Appleby

In this episode Hortweek editor Matthew Appleby turns the questions on pioneering horticultural podcaster and TV and garden designer Peter Donegan.

Donegan presented the Sodshow for years in the days "when podcasting wasn't 'a thing'" and is the series garden designer for RTE television’s DIY SOS The Big Build Ireland. 

He gives us his view on garden design trends, reveals how 1980s TV show the 'A' Team resonates with him to this day, and struggles valiantly to name his own Desert Island Plant.

In April 2019 he designed at RHS Flower Show Cardiff in 2020 and but he speaks about the ups and downs designers can face having experienced disappointment himself when a garden planned for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was subsequently cancelled because of the pandemic.

Selected to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden in France in 2018, Donegan speaks about his plans to return to design there again in 2022. 

Podcast presenter: HW editor Matthew Appleby
Producer: HW digital content manager, Christina Taylor

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