Above: Peter Donegan with Ingolf Jungmann, Ballycommane House and Gardens
This summer, West Cork gardeners persuaded award-winning horticulturist Peter Donegan of ‘The Sodshow Garden Podcast’ to not only delay his holidays – in fact to change his destination entirely – but also to come and stay for three days to meet and interview some 14 owners, head gardeners, makers and creators of the West Cork Garden Trail.
Interviewees on the award-winning Irish-based garden podcast often include such luminaries as the all stars and associates of the Chelsea Flower Show. The first three episodes of this series however, featuring Inishbeg Estate’s Tony O’Mahony, Bamboo Park Glengarriff and Glenview Gardens Enniskeane to start, brings more of an Irish flavour.
Speaking to West Cork People, Donegan noted, “It was a little embarrassing to be very honest, to think that I have been to West Cork so many times and yet some of the most beautiful places on the planet had escaped me. And it’s not until you sit by the 13 pillars of Bamboo Park, the top steps at the back of Bantry House and Gardens or take a walk around the childlike picturesque green hills that surround Ballycommane House and Gardens, that you realise that West Cork is pretty much paradise, and has been sitting on my doorstep for all of these years. It is stunning.
“It was an honour not only to be invited by the West Cork Garden Trail but also to be welcomed into peoples homes and gardens and to retell their stories; and they are nothing short of amazing.”
The Sodshow Garden Podcast is available every Friday via www.sodshow.com and is available in iTunes and all good podcast stores.