Gardening With Dermot O'Neill
The Largest Cotoneaster In Ireland?
One of our listeners from County Cork contacted the programme with some beautiful pictures of her unusually large Cotoneaster plant.
The high roads and byroads of Donegal have been well documented on this programme by our intrepid reporter Katriona McFadden. So, when Alice Leggett’s email arrived, Mooney researcher Michele Browne insisted on going down to find out whether the largest cotoneaster in Ireland was in her own parish of origin – Ballinhassig!
For some expert advice, she brought David O’Regan - who’s Head Gardener at Fota - with her.
The Imperial Gardens Of The Forbidden City, Beijing
The 1987 film The Last Emperor tells the story of the life of Pu-yee, the last Emperor of China, and the beautiful, evocative music of that movie takes you right inside the walls of the Forbidden City, the world’s largest palace complex.
It conjures images of the building’s sloping roofs with their Imperial Yellow and ornamental dragons, the opulence and grandeur of the structures as you enter Tian'anmen - the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
Construction of the City began in 1406, it took 14 years to build and over one MILLION men were involved in its construction. Over the period of five centuries, it was the residence of 24 successive emperors until 1912 when Ching Emperor Pu-yee was forced to abdicate the throne.
If you were to visit the City, and go through the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility, you will find the Imperial Garden built during the Ming dynasty.
Dermot O'Neill has visited the Imperial Garden on a couple of occasions, and is in studio today with advice as to how you can bring a touch of the Yin and Yang of this garden into your home…
Dermot's TV show Dermot's Secret Garden continues this evening with the fourth episode of the series, when June Rodgers makes an appearance. It's on RTÉ One at 7pm, and you can find out more information about the show by visiting www.rte.ie/tv/dermotssecretgarden/thisweek.