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Dermot's Secret Garden

Dermot O'Neil

Dermot's Secret Garden

Dermot O'Neill is Ireland's best-loved gardening expert. His exciting and colourful style brings the joy of gardening to a wide-reaching audience. He has served on the council of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland and was a founder committee member of the Irish Garden Plant Society.

With over 20 year's experience in broadcasting and lecturing, Dermot's programmes combine his proven knowledge of gardening with a fun and accessible presenting style. As guest presenter of the BBC's popular Greenmount Garden programme, he provides the viewers proven techniques in a unique, easy to follow way. As a result of his popular presenting style, Dermot is in regular demand for non-gardening programmes, including the popular travel programme 'Time On Their Hands'. He was also one of the few guest celebrities to achieve a 5-star rating on RTE's hugely popular show The Restaurant.

Dermot's voice is well known from his contributions to radio programmes on the national broadcaster, RTE, and on BBC Radio Northern Ireland. Dermot guests weekly on RTE Radio 1's Mooney Show. Landmark programmes such as Today with Pat Kenny as well as regional radio stations regularly contact him for features and interviews.

A prolific writer, Dermot was a gardening contributor to the Irish Times for three years. He was also a gardening columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper between 2000 and 2006. The Sunday Independent, Ireland's largest selling Sunday newspaper, now regularly feature his column.

Dermot contributes a weekly gardening column to the RTE Guide, Ireland's largest selling weekly magazine, and a monthly gardening column to Northern Ireland Homes and Living. He is currently the editor of Ireland's premier gardening magazine - the award-winning Garden Heaven.

Dermot has written many books on the subject of gardening including Dermot Gardens and Discover Gardening for Poolbeg Publishing. His latest book 'Roses Revealed' has just been published internationally by Kyle Cathie to great acclaim.

Dermot O'Neill has visited gardens all over the world. He has guided many tours to some of the world's most beautiful gardens, which have included the gardens of South Africa, Thailand, China, and many European gardens including those of the Italian lakes, Paris and Amsterdam.

Dermot currently gardens at Clondeglass, his walled garden in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom mountains in the Irish midlands.

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