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Dermot O'Neill presents magically. He is an exciting and dynamic public speaker with great charisma. He charms audiences everywhere with his passion and insights into what makes gardening a joy. Gardening and horticultural societies regularly contact him for lectures and presentations.

President Mary McAleese

Dermot O'Neill meets President Mary McAleese

President Mary McAleese opened the garden at the Mary Aikenhead Daycare Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin. Dermot O'Neill guided her around the garden and explained the work that went into creating the garden on a voluntary basis with the support of the students from the Dublin School of Horticulture. Many companies donated products and gave of their time generously to assist with the creation of the garden. The President welcomed the community spirit that was involved and complimented those who gave of their time. See photographs of the official opening by President Mary McAleese.

Garden Show Ireland

Dermot with Rebecca Cole

Garden Show Ireland

8-10 June, 2007
Hillsborough Castle, Hillsborough, Co. Down.

Dermot O'Neill appeared for the third year running at Garden Show Ireland. Pictured here with Dermot is American garden designer Rebecca Cole of Cole Creates, who recently featured in the May/June issue of Garden Heaven magazine. The Walled Garden at Hillsborough Castle provided a spectacular new site for visitors to view stunning Designer Show Gardens created by local and international designers, as well as gain one on one advice from these designers in the Design Clinic.

Gardening Gurus were on hand to answer any gardening questions at the Garden of Wisdom Gardeners’ Question Time.

Specialist plants and flowers abounded in the Growers’ Pavilion where visitors admired the stunning displays and took advantage of the special Show offers to purchase new inhabitants for their gardens. The gardens at Corporate Challenge showed what business teams from all over Ireland could create in a day with a very limited budget.

Young Gardeners Corner and Little Green Fingers showcased tomorrow’s show garden designers as well as getting children excited about gardening and showing them where some of their food comes from.

This year Garden Show Ireland also allowed visitors the unique opportunity to tour the gardens inside the walls of Hillsborough Castle.


Philadelphia Flower Show - The Swiss Cottage, Ireland
Philadelphia Flower Show - Farmleigh, Ireland
Philadelphia Flower Show - Ilnacullin, Ireland

Philadelphia Flower Show:
The Secret Gardens of Ireland

8 March, 2007 at 5.30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2299, USA.

UPDATE: Listen to reaction to Dermot's presentation at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Dermot O'Neill is always in demand as a public speaker and will be lecturing at the prestigious Philadelphia Flower Show, which is run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This is America's largest and oldest horticultural show, founded in 1829. The theme of this year's show is 'Legends of Ireland' and Dermot's lecture topic is titled 'The Secret Gardens of Ireland'.

Dermot's illustrated talk will guide the audience around Ireland from north to south. He'll explore with you a selection of some of the finest gardens in the country, many in private ownership. Ireland can boast over 100 gardens open to the public so he has been spoilt for choice in making this selection for you. Dermot would like to thank Fáilte Ireland for their support and encouragement in making this trip to Philadelphia possible. Visitors travelling to Ireland from North America should log on to for more information on how to travel to Ireland.

At the signing afterwards, Dermot will be free to talk about his latest book Roses Revealed , which has just been published in the United States by Ball Publishing.  His captivating style will entertain and inspire, leaving you longing to travel to what is Europe's emerald isle.

Failte Ireland


Feile na mBlath

Tralee Garden Festival

15-17 June 2007
Tralee Town, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

The Tralee Garden Festival has established itself as an important date on the annual gardening calendar in Ireland. It's attended by international speakers such as Annette Dalton from Kew Gardens, and this year Dermot O'Neill will be appearing at the festival. He will be hosting questions and answers sessions with a panel of experts and will be guiding visitors on a personal guided tour of Tralee town's famous rose garden.


South East Garden Show

South East Garden Show

22-24 June 2007
Iverk Show Grounds, Ardclone, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

Dermot O'Neill has been invited to open the South East Garden Show 2007 and will be appearing at the event over the three days of the show. Each day Dermot will be presenting a gardening workshop and presenting a questions and answers session.


Carlow Floral Festival

Carlow Floral Festival

August 2007

Dermot O'Neill will be taking part in the Carlow Floral Festival. For the last three years Dermot has been a popular celebrity attending a mixture of gardening events and activities over the course of the festival. This year Dermot will be making several appearances which will include venues such as Ireland's first 5-star garden centre, Arboretum Lifestyle and Garden Centre, and some of Carlow's finest public gardens.



Philadelphia Flower Show
Garden Show Ireland
Tralee Garden Festival
South East Garden Show
Carlow Floral Festival
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