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The Perennial Garden wins Silver Medal at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019.

Designed by Irish garden designer Peter Donegan and constructed by Burnham Landscaping, the contemporary garden was created to help mark the garden charities 180th anniversary. It is the first time Perennial have exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, and the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the prestigious flower show.

In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up moat of the 13th century castle to completion. This was Peter’s first public garden since his return.

The Perennial Garden was made possible by the support of the horticulture industry in particular Ed Burnham of Burnham Landscaping, who since 2011 have created no less than 13 RHS Show Gardens (their previous being at RHS Chelsea). And also CED Natural Stone who provided the hard landscaping, Oxford Planters hand crafted the bespoke outdoor kitchen and the expertly grown planting was by Hortus Loci.

Irish designer Donegan was also there by invitation to interview BBC’s Terry Walton live on The RHS Talks Theatre Stage and alongside Ed Burnham gave a series of talks to RNIB Cymru at The National Museum Cardiff and also to Cardiff’s Royal British Legion.

Speaking about the RHS silver medal award, Donegan noted:

It was an honour to be selected by Perennial to design this garden to celebrate their 180th Anniversary. To have been accepted then by The Royal Horticultural Society and to see the garden come to life could not have happened without the help of so many. And when you consider that the planting team included Cherry Carmen and Andrew Fisher Tomlin and then remember who was constructing that picture, you really do have to pinch yourself.

Contractor Ed Burnham further noted:

That this RHS garden was officially opened by the Newport Male Choir (singing the Welsh National Anthem) and followed by a cooking demonstration from the garden by two time Great British Menu winner Tommy Heaney to record RHS Cardiff attendance numbers is something I could never have imagined. Add in the local support of Romilly Finance, Pro Cook, Two Spots Coffee and Directing Media and I think it’s fair to suggest we really had something of a dream team and a daydream I don’t think I’ll ever see happen again.

The Perennial Garden. RHS – Royal Horticultural Society Cardiff 2019.
Silver Medal. Category: Show Garden.

Show Garden Team:

Garden Designer: Peter Donegan
Contractor: Ed Burnham | Burnham Landscaping

Planting: Cherry Carmen | Andrew Fisher Tomlin

RHS Cardiff 2019 - The Perennial Garden - YouTube

Kitchen: Oxford Planters | Stone: CED Stone Group | Plants: Hortus Loci | kitchenware: ProCook

Further support:
Heaney’s Cardiff, Two Spots Coffee, Directing Media and Romilly Financial

Photography: Tim Howell

Plant Listing:

Tree: Amelanchier Lamarkii
Hedge: Taxus Bacata

Plants:
Anemone coronaria Mr Fokker
Aquilegia Yellow Star
Dianthus tianschanius
Epimedium rubrum
Epimedium versicolor Sulphureum
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erysium amydgaioides robbiae
Euphorbia martinii
Foeniculum vulgare Giant Bronze
Geranium phaem Sambor
Geranium sanguineum
Geum Apricot Pearl
Geum Totally Tangerine
Iris germanica Superstition
Lamium orvala
Luzula sylvatica
Mentha spicata
Orlaya grandiflora
Papaver dubium subsp leq. albiflor
Sesleria heufleriana
Tellmia grandiflora
Tellima grandiflora Forest Frost
Tiarella Spring Symphony

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Peter Donegan (Designer of The Perennial Garden) and Ed Burnham (Contractor) will give at The National Museum Cardiff, Wales to RNIB Cymru, Wales’ largest sight loss organisation gardening and select gardening groups.

  • When: Monday 8th April, 2019
  • Where: National Museum Cardiff, Wales

Details:

With much thanks to the National Museum Cardiff, garden designer Peter Donegan and contractor Ed Burnham will present to the garden groups of RNIB Cymru, (Wales’ largest sight loss organisation) a behind the scenes of The Perennial Garden at RHS Cardiff 2019. From a daydream becoming a reality, the generosity and kindness of those behind the scenes, to just how Peter became the first Irish garden designer to have designs accepted to the prestigeous RHS show. We will further chat Peters partnering with Ed, sponsors Perennial – a horticultural charity who this year celebrate their 180th anniversary – and the first time for all three to be at the prestigeous Royal Horticultural Society show, came together. We will also discuss the gardens design and just what one can expect to feel when they and you come to visit.

Further information:

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Tuesday 19th March I had the honour to meet and chat with the LCA horticulture class at Lusk community College Dublin. I was invited there to talk about garden design as a career, how to do so and my journey through the horticulture industry from a life as a 6 year old growing plants under his bed, through horticulture college and to the design of a garden in a 13th Century Castle in France representing Ireland.

If I’m honest, I wasn’t even awarethat Irish secondary schools taught garden design as a subject and fair to note that when I was growing up garden related talks were seen as something for the elders in my life then, and all things a little bit beige. With

To see the brightest of the next generation of garden designers smile as they left a double class post listening to me speak, sits quite firmly up there with the very best of days.

My thanks to the staff teachers and students for being so wonderful,
Peter

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I’ll be on The RHS Talks Theatre main stage Saturday 13th April at 3pm and again at 4pm.

The first talk will be my interviewing the very legendary BBC’s Terry Walton (update: pictured above in conversation) and the second will be hosting a discussion about The Perennial Garden I designed for this years RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019.

3pm Sat 13th April 2019:

The RHS note: Peter Donegan interviews BBC’s Terry Walton who reflects on his career and answers your gardening questions.

Allotment guru Terry Walton helped on his father’s plot as a child. Terry took on his own allotment aged just 11 and he’s been on the same site ever since. Now a regular on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 programme, Terry offers listeners advice on growing vegetables of all shapes and sizes and joined us as host of the Talks Theatre and on our panel for RHS Question Time.

You were great mate.
I will recommend you as a chat show host anytime!
Give you a gold for today’s performance!

— terry walton (@theterrywalton) April 13, 2019

4pm Sat 13th April 2019:

The RHS note: Designer Peter Donegan chats with landscaper Ed Burnham, Chris Crooker from Perennial and Jason Stevens from Veterans’ Growth about exploring the hidden stories of struggles with mental health that inspired The Perennial Garden.

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This April 8th Peter Donegan (Designer of The Perennial Garden) and Ed Burnham (Contractor) will give a talk on the garden that will be, for The Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Cardiff. RHS Cardiff is officially open to the public April 12th – 14th.

  • When: Monday 8th April, 2019 @ 7.15 pm
  • Where: The Royal British Legion, United Services Mess, 4 Wharton Street, Cardiff CF10 1AG
  • What:
    Donegan and Burnham will give an entertaining talk on just how Peter became the first Irish garden designer to have designs accepted to the prestigeous RHS show, the partnership with Burnham Landscaping and subsequently how sponsors Perennial – a horticultural charity who this year celebrate their 180th anniversary – and the first time for all three to be at the show, came together.


As the story grew and the design became possible by such stalwarts as CED Stone, Oxford Planters and Hortus Loci, the gardens journey ultimately came full circle when it was agreed it should be rebuilt and entirely gifted by Perennial to Veterans Growth in East Sussex.

How this all happened, why everyone got involved and agreed is what makes the gardens story interesting, at times utterly hilarious and above all things a hats off, a courtsey and a standing ovation to the kindness of the great hearts of the horticultural industry and their knowing the happiness it will bring to others.

Peter Donegan:
Peter Donegan began gardening at the age of 5 and having gardened all his childhood, went on to study horticulture for 4 years. In 2001 aged 24, he returned home to Ireland from the UK to set up Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd. He has since won a host of awards as both designer and contractor for 17th and 18th century gardens and show gardens at national competitions.

In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up moat of the 13th century castle to completion.

Ed Burnham:
Burnham Landscaping focuses on delivering high quality design led garden construction within the domestic sector. Started by Ed Burnham, who has been Landscaping since he was 20, since 2011 Ed and his team have accomplished no fewer than 13 RHS show gardens, his most recent at Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.

Perennial:
Perennial helps anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces. Everyone working in or retired from horticulture, forestry or arboriculture is eligible for their free and confidential help, which includes friendly one-to-one advice, support and financial assistance.

Our experienced, friendly and professional team helps families and individuals coping with life-changing events for as long as it’s needed. We believe everyone should know about us and feel confident to contact us, and this year we want to reach more people than ever before.

Veterans’ Growth:
Jason Stevens is an army veteran of 16 years, medically discharged from the MOD in 2016, after he suffered a bilateral stoke caused by a hole in his heart. Now left with disabilities, both physical and cognitive, Jason was also diagnosed with PTSD and has been undergoing treatment and has since found the only thing that seemed to have any impact on his mental wellness was gardening.

In 2018 he sold his business to fund the start of Veterans’ Growth. The aim of the charity is to provide support and a place on the programme to every veteran in the UK who wants to attend and/or is unable to access help through other channels

The Royal British Legion:
The Legion was founded by veterans after the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans, and their families in almost every aspect of daily life. We also champion Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom through Remembrance education and events.

RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 2019:
RHS Cardiff is the first major garden show of the Royal Horticultural Society’s calender. Set in Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff City Centre it began in 2005 and is headed by Show Manager Anna Skibniewski-Ball. RHS Cardiff takes place Friday 12 – Sunday 14, April 2019

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There has been some wonderful coverage of The Perennial Garden for RHS Cardiff 2019 and as the story has evolved, this from Pro Landscaper Magazine (who did cover the storys release in January) tells of the recent updates, the now much evolved team since then and where the garden is to be relocated after the prestigeous Royal Horticultural Society show.

Read: Perennial Garden at RHS Cardiff to be gifted to Veterans Growth

It was announced in January that Perennial and Irish garden designer Peter Donegan had confirmed a show garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2019. Now they have announced that the garden will be relocated to Veterans Growth based in East Sussex. It is a charity who run horticultural therapy courses for ex-service men and women who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Also Peter Donegan will redesign the garden to fit the new location. Burnham Landscaping will rebuild it at Veterans Growth new home. It now has a bespoke kitchen hand crafted by Oxford Planters, stone gifted by CED Stone Group and also the planting supplied by Hortus Loci.

Anita Bates of Perennial says:
“Through the link with Veteran’s Growth, the Perennial Garden will come full circle. Not only does it offer us an incredible opportunity to talk to visitors about how Perennial helps people in horticulture across Wales, it will go on to provide a focus and learning tool for veterans who are having trouble readjusting to life after armed conflict. We know the positive impact gardening can have on mental health and are thrilled that this garden is going to live on after the show to help even more people.”

Find out more about the show here.

The Royal Horticultural Society Cardiff Flower Show runs 12 – 14 April 2019.

Follow the gardens story on:

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Perennial and Peter Donegan confirm Show Garden at RHS Flower Show, Cardiff 2019.

To help mark its 180th anniversary, Perennial has partnered with Irish garden designer Peter Donegan with a show garden for RHS Flower Show Cardiff (12-14 April 2019). It is the first time the horticulture trade charity has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show and the first time Peter (or any Irish designer) has had designs accepted to the prestigeous flower show.

In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up moat of the 13th century castle to completion. This will be Peter’s first public garden since his return.

The Perennial Garden has been made possible by the support of the horticulture industry and in particular Ed Burnham of Burnham Landscaping, who since 2011 have created no less than 13 RHS Show Gardens (their most recent being at RHS Chelsea) and are constructing the show garden. Also Giles Heap and the CED Natural Stone team who are providing the hard landscaping, Oxford Planters are hand crafting the bespoke outdoor kitchen, legendary sculptor Simon Page and by no means least and Hortus Loci who are growing all of the plants.

After RHS Cardiff, the garden will be relocated to Veterans Growth based in East Sussex, a charity who run horticultural therapy courses for ex-service men and women who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

pic credit: Eoin Delaney, Directing Media

Speaking about the garden and his decision to support Perennial, designer Peter Donegan says:

Perennial helps people in horticulture manage and overcome the challenges of poor physical and mental health in an industry that demands strength and resilience. We hope this garden helps continue the conversation about mental health in the horticulture sector and helps spread the word that Perennial is here to help.

The Perennial Garden has been designed primarily as an entertainment space with a balance of culinary features, seasonal planting and space to enjoy time relaxing with friends and family. It will have a clean, modern look and feel with crisp lines, contemporary design features and lush planting. A planted screen provides the backdrop to the garden, making the most of the small space and adding vertical planted interest. Specimen trees and a choice mix of seasonal planting complements the hand cut stone landscaping. The changes in elevation within the garden provide added interest and create a focal point in the raised area for entertaining and an outdoor kitchen area and barbeque.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Perennial says:

It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to exhibit at RHS Flower Show Cardiff and we are extremely grateful to Peter for the unwavering support he has shown Perennial over a number of years. We are here for anyone working in or retired from horticulture, forestry and arboriculture across Wales but too few people know about us. We know that people can find it hard to ask for help and thanks to The Perennial Garden we can tell show visitors about how they can support Perennial to encourage people to get in touch before their issue becomes a crisis.

Through the link with Veteran’s Growth, the Perennial Garden will come full circle. Not only does it offer us an incredible opportunity to talk to visitors about how Perennial helps people in horticulture across Wales, it will go on to provide a focus and learning tool for veterans who are having trouble readjusting to life after armed conflict. We know the positive impact gardening can have on mental health and are thrilled that this garden is going to live on after the show to help even more people.

Additional Support:

A huge thank you to those who for no greater gain than to see the garden to completion decided to get involved in this garden’s story and this journey from day dream to Cardiff and on to it’s final home in East Sussex could not have happened without you.

RHS Cardiff, The Perennial Garden 2019 - YouTube

About Perennial:

Perennial helps anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces. If you work with plants, trees or grass, or work in the places where they grow, Perennial is your charity. Everyone working in or retired from horticulture, forestry or arboriculture is eligible for our free and confidential help, which includes friendly one-to-one advice, support and financial assistance.

Our experienced, friendly and professional team helps families and individuals coping with life-changing events for as long as it’s needed. We believe everyone should know about us and feel confident to contact us, and this year we want to reach more people than ever before.

About Peter Donegan:

Peter Donegan began gardening at the age of 5 and having gardened all his childhood, went on to study horticulture for 4 years. In 2001 aged 24, he returned home to Ireland from the UK to set up Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd. He has since won a host of awards as both designer and contractor for 17th and 18th century gardens and show gardens at national competitions.

In November 2018 Peter was selected by a French jury to represent Ireland to design and realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Peronne in the Somme region of Northern France and see the garden in the dried up moat of the 13th century castle to completion. In addition to his landscaping work, Peter regularly gives garden talks, is a speaker and MC of live gardening events and is a member of The Garden Media Guild. He lives in the small village of Ballyboughal, North County Dublin, Ireland.

About Burnham Landscaping:

Burnham Landscaping focuses on delivering high quality design led garden construction within the domestic sector. Started by Ed Burnham, who has been Landscaping since he was 20, since 2011 Ed and his team have accomplished no fewer than 13 RHS show gardens, his most recent at Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.

RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 2019:

RHS Cardiff is the first major garden show of the Royal Horticultural Society’s calender. Set in Bute Park in the heart of Cardiff City Centre it began in 2005 and is headed by Show Manager Anna Skibniewski-Ball.

  • RHS Cardiff Dates: Friday 12 – Sunday 14, April 2019
  • Headline sponsor: Brewin Dolphin

Veterans’ Growth:

Jason Stevens is an army veteran of 16 years, medically discharged from the MOD in 2016, after he suffered a bilateral stoke caused by a hole in his heart. Now left with disabilities, both physical and cognitive, Jason was also diagnosed with PTSD and has been undergoing treatment and has since found the only thing that seemed to have any impact on his mental wellness was gardening.

In 2018 he sold his business to fund the start of Veterans’ Growth. The aim of the charity is to provide support and a place on the programme to every veteran in the UK who wants to attend and/or is unable to access help through other channels

Further notes:

  • 1 in 4 people have a mental health problem. (Office for National Statistics, Psychiatric Morbidity (2007)
  • The overall cost of mental health problems in Wales is an estimated £7.2 billion a year. (Mental Health Research Network (2009), Promoting mental health and preventing mental illness: the economic case for investment in Wales)
  • 53% of women in Wales suffer from low level mental health problems. (Women Like Me, Supporting Wellbeing in Girls and Women, Platform 51,2011)
  • Self-harm is a significant problem in Wales, as a result there are 6,000 emergency admissions to hospital per year. (Talk to Me, Suicide and Self Harm reduction strategy for Wales, WAG, 2008)
  • 300 people die by suicide each year in Wales, 150,000 people have thoughts of suicide. (Talk to Me, Suicide and Self Harm reduction strategy for Wales, WAG, 2008)
  • In 2010-11 there were 11,198 admissions (excluding place of safety detentions) to mental health facilities in Wales. (Admission of Patients to Mental Health Facilities, 2010-11, Welsh Government, 2011)
  • The rate of suicide for men in Wales is higher than the UK average. (Talk to Me, Suicide and Self Harm reduction strategy for Wales, WAG, 2008)

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Hort Week Magazine’s Matt Appleby was the first to break with the news of the Peter Donegan designed Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show Cardiff Garden for Perennial.

Read More: Hort Week Magazine – Peter Donegan to create garden for Perennial at RHS Flower Show Cardiff in anniversary year.

Perennial has partnered with Irish garden designer Peter Donegan with a show garden for RHS Flower Show Cardiff (12-14 April 2019).

It is the first time the horticulture trade charity, which celebrates its 180th anniversary this year, has exhibited at the show and the first time Donegan (or any Irish designer) has designed there.

The Perennial Garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff is a modern urban private garden designed to increase awareness of Perennial, the charity that helps and supports people in horticulture. It highlights the importance of recognising and addressing poor mental health in the horticulture industry, inviting show visitors to look beyond the polished exterior and imagine what challenges its owner, or creator, may be facing. The garden has been made possible by the support of the horticulture industry and in particular Burnham Landscaping, who are constructing the garden at the show, and CED Stone who are providing the hard landscaping and additional support.

Designer Peter Donegan said:

“In a modern world dominated by social media we can so often be fooled by an edited Instagram post or a gushing status update when many of us are struggling with physical, mental and financial challenges and burdens. Perennial helps people in horticulture manage and overcome the challenges of poor physical and mental health in an industry that demands strength and resilience. We hope this garden helps continue the conversation about mental health in the horticulture sector and helps spread the word that Perennial is here to help.”

The Perennial Garden has been designed primarily as an entertainment space with a balance of culinary features, seasonal planting and space to enjoy time relaxing with friends and family. It will have a clean, modern look and feel with crisp lines, contemporary design features and lush planting. A planted screen provides the backdrop to the garden, making the most of the small space and adding vertical planted interest. Specimen trees and a choice mix of seasonal planting complements the welsh slate stone hard landscaping. The changes in elevation within the garden provide added interest and create a focal point in the raised area for entertaining and an outdoor kitchen area and barbeque.

Anita Bates, Director of Marketing & Fundraising at Perennial said:

“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to exhibit at RHS Flower Show Cardiff and we are extremely grateful to Peter for the unwavering support he has shown Perennial over a number of years. We are there for anyone working in or retired from horticulture, forestry and arboriculture across Wales but too few people know about us. We know that people can find it hard to ask for help and thanks to The Perennial Garden we can tell show visitors about how they can support Perennial to encourage people to get in touch before their issue becomes a crisis.”

Perennial helps and supports anyone who creates or maintains gardens, parks, sports facilities and other green spaces. The Perennial Garden at RHS Flower Show Cardiff will raise awareness of the charity in Wales, helping spread the message that Perennial’s friendly and knowledgeable team has the experience and resources to make a difference to people’s lives, regardless of the scale of their issue or concern.

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Bookings Now Being Taken for 2019/ 2020

Peter Donegan – A Short History: 

I started growing plants from the age of 5, created my first garden aged 10 and have won national awards for the design and build of 17th and 18th Century estates and designed show gardens for both display and national competition. In 2018 I was selected to represent Ireland in the design and realisation of the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden in the moat of Chateau de Péronne, a 13th Century castle in the Somme region of Northern France. I started Donegan Landscaping Dublin in 2001, aged 24.

On Garden Speaking and Talks:

I am a member of The Garden Media Guild and have spoken at music festivals and one-off public gardening demonstrations, to private gardening classes and also given talks to Gardening / Horticultural societies and professional associations.

In 2018 I featured on France3 TV and WeoTV (France) and was interviewed by LMFM, KCLR (Ireland) and BBC and US Radio. I also spoke at and hosted the garden talks at the inaugural Limerick Garden Festival and was the first Irish designer invited to speak at the Landscape Show, Battersea Park, London.

Above image: Speaking at The Landscape Show, London 2018.

In The Media:

I am a former garden columnist and writer with The Farmers Journal and Self Build magazine and have also written freelance. I have given gardening demonstrations and featured on national tv and radio with gardens I have made under my own name and as part of televison shows in Ireland, France, UK and Australia.

Bookings are now being taken for garden talks, hosting, demonstrations and speaking for 2019/ 2020.

Contact Peter Donegan

The Gardens of Peace, Jardin de la Paix, Pérone, France with Peter Donegan - YouTube

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In 2018, Peter Donegan was selected by a French Jury to represent Ireland to design and realise a garden in the moat of the 13th century Chateau de Peronne, known as The Historial de la Grande Guerre, in the Somme region of Northern France.

A series of Peace Gardens (Jardin de la Paix) in very historic locations there were to be created to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. The gardens were to be designed and realised by 14 internationally selected garden designers.

The Irish WW1 Peace Garden of the Historial Péronne visited by President Emmanuel Macron Friday 9th November 2018 is now complete. An official Irish inauguration of the garden is set to follow in the coming weeks.

After: Irish Peace Garden, Moat of Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne, France - YouTube

The following post is the story behind and about the garden. Before the build of the Irish garden began is better told in this article by Anthea McTiernan of The Irish Times.  

These are some of the photos of Péronne between the great war, 1914 – 1918.

The brief on this garden 30 foot below street level was a little different in every way and almost entirely dissimilar to the other Peace Gardens. It is better explained spoken (as versus text), and I feel that was best done in a video interview produced by Lee Connelly. It will give you a better insight into the thinking and why in some cases you see what you see, now.

The Gardens of Peace, Jardin de la Paix, Pérone, France with Peter Donegan - YouTube

In total I spent just over 8.5 weeks living in the Somme region of France and construction of the garden took 5 weeks.

To the build itself, it was tricky (of planning) because the first view of the garden is from above and not as one may be used to – walking into it (as we usually do) at eye level, maybe looking up. It also may be worth noting not just that no garden had ever existed here before but also that historically moats were designed solely to keep people out and then from a design perspective, there was the history that the town had witnessed.

What existed beforehand was just the path from the steps (left hand side of castle). As I watched, observed (and listened) the people would walk straight past to the café at the rear and I, wanted to get the people to want to walk into the right hand side, from the left, having walked down the steps and stay longer.

Of note, it was not permitted to open up the ramp access on the right (as you look at the castle) now planted, as it would require a safety hand rail, which would change the walls and the castles view from the street.

The realisation or construction in mind, no soil at all left the site; whilst every piece of stone and soil brought in came over the 9 metre walls and down – which meant that everything was placed (before delivery to the castle) into 1 tonne bags and then by crane/ hoist down into the garden, from the left hand side as you look at the castle only.

And because of the bridge in the middle and the height of the archway (to the far left, as you look at the castle) no large machinery could access in any way. It was not your usual build and for some maybe, a challenge.

The footage shown by TV station France3 shows the build best part way through phase 1.

Centenaire 14-18 : quinze "Jardin de la paix" fleurissent dans les Hauts-de-France - YouTube

The garden at Chateau de Peronne was the only garden of the series, due to the moat’s history, with permission to dig down; albeit only a certain depth. This was hugely important, so the garden itself would let people know from street view, that there now existed a garden below and the design therefore required that the new trees came over wall height. It is worth considering also that the walls of the moat (next to the street) and the castle building in its entirety are listed, which meant that the design could not change, edit or touch any of the walls and no planting could change this of the future in any way.

Both of these factors were considered in the initial design and later then in the garden build.

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