A Gardener's Musings

I present on RTE and Virgin Media television and on radio in Ireland and I am also the Garden Design and Gardening columnist for the Irish Examiner newspaper along with being a regular Features writer for The Irish Garden magazine.
I am passionate about gardens, gardening, landscaping and plants and I have hopefully managed to share my enthusiasm with many others and helped a few budding gardeners along the way.
I fervently believe that the garden offers us the solutions to nearly all of our modern day problems:
Our mental health benefits from just being outside in the Great Outdoors.
Our physical health is improved by the aerobic workout which a day gardening will provide and also by eating the fresh organic produce from the garden.
And the garden has critical roles to play in counteracting the effects of climate change and slowing the rate of species extinction
​For more information on my garden design and consultancy service please have a look at my Garden Design website

Peter Dowdall, Garden Designer in Cork

Peter Dowdall, Garden Designer in Cork

07/12/2022 4:24pm 3 minute read

​From an early age I realized that garden design was my calling. I am an Irish Garden Designer in Cork and have been passionate about... more »

Alliums - Ornamental Onions, Just So Beautiful!

Alliums - Ornamental Onions, Just So Beautiful!

07/07/2022 3:11pm 6 minute read

To plant Alliums or any spring bulbs truly is to believe in tomorrow. I still remember, as a small child, the bulb display in what was Atkins McKenzies... more »

Wildflower Seeds - It's All About the Bees

Wildflower Seeds  - It's All About the Bees

Peter Dowdall 02/06/2022 5:06pm 5 minute read

We need to rethink our perception of beauty. We should love the wildflowers growing on our roadside verges and not accept tightly mown, or even worse,... more »

Magnolias - Stars Of The Spring Garden

Magnolias - Stars Of The Spring Garden

Peter Dowdall 03/30/2020 1:59pm 5 minute read

We've had opportunity now to admire once more the Magnolias - Stars Of The Spring Gardenas we have enjoyed quite a few beautiful sunny spring days over the... more »

Grow Your Own Food with Seed Potatoes

Peter Dowdall 02/20/2020 4:32pm 5 minute read

The potato has been a mainstay of Irish cuisine for centuries and today this much-loved root vegetable is making a comeback in home gardens. It'e easy to... more »

Raised Beds - What's all the Fuss About?

Raised Beds - What's all the Fuss About?

Peter Dowdall 02/17/2020 4:03pm 4 minute read

Over the last few years there has been a huge increase in people growing their own food. People who before may well have thought that potatoes did... more »

The Regal Lily - A Right Royal Treat

The Regal Lily - A Right Royal Treat

Peter Dowdall 01/16/2020 9:31pm 5 minute read

One of the true beauties of the summer garden for me must be the Regal Lily. Lilium regale is aptly named for it is like a royal visitor in the garden.... more »

Irish Heathers, On Trend Again

Irish Heathers, On Trend Again

Peter Dowdall 10/21/2019 3:52pm 5 minute read

I think, in my short time as a gardener, of such plants as Dahlias which I have seen go from being grown everywhere (remember front gardens full of... more »

Autumn Colour A Magical Annual Display

Autumn Colour A Magical Annual Display

Peter Dowdall 10/06/2019 1:34pm 5 minute read

One of Nature's Gretest Annual Displays We tend to forget about autumn colour as a feature of our gardens and we really shouldnt. I love the autumn as... more »