About Eugene

Eugene Higgins is best known for his Gardening TV and Radio work in Ireland. He started his media career with BBC’s "Room for Improvement". From there moving on to be the resident gardener on RTE Television, completing 6 seasons of the daily “Afternoon Show” and most recently filmed “Glorious Gardens” for Ulster TV (ITV).

His TV work is complimented by gardening journalism in his column for “The Irish Mail on Sunday” and a regular slot on Ireland's "Newstalk” national radio with Síle Seoige.

Eugene grew up on a plant nursery in north county Dublin which his grandfather started in the 1940s. From there he managed the family run Garden Centre and then moved on to found "Colour Green" in 1999 which started out as a Garden Centre but is now exclusively a Landscape Design project.

In 2002 he won "Best Specialist Garden Centre Ireland" which was awarded for his love of plants and innovative ways to use them in the Irish Garden.

Eugene was recently invited to be a featured speaker at the "Philadelphia Flower Show USA". His lecture series was sponsored by Tourism Ireland in March 2013. The lectures included, "Celtic Garden Artists", Eugene's latest project, Irish Themed gardens, for the US and International market.

He also delivered lectures on how to create the essence of an Irish garden at home in the US. The lectures were attended by large audiences in the Gardener’s Studio which is set out the heart of the exhibit gardens Over 250,000 attended the 2013 show over 8 days.

Some of his favourites

Some of Eugene's favourites

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Find pictures of The Afternoon Show on RTE TV where Eugene was the gardening contributor for six seasons.

A selection of gardening articles from Eugene"s weekly column for "The Irish Mail On Sunday".

Eugene has an open garden "The Garden Gallery" a suburban size garden, showcasing his work and some of his favourite garden styles. "I have toiled to complete it over the last the few years,it is a project that is ongoing Read More...

The humble garden shed has had a makeover into the "Outdoor Living Space" Eugene has worked with Nicky Daly from Woodpeckers to redesigned it as a more versatile room that can be used as a office or playroom Read More...

See various gardens that Eugene and his Colour Green team have restored including Carrigoran Retirement Home a Alzheimer's Treatment Centre in Co Clare which was a Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair and was rebuilt as part of a national competition run by RTE s Afternoon Show.

Glorious Gardens which Eugene fronted was shown on UTV last summer, the series featured six different types of gardens across Northern Ireland and each one had a unique story to tell including the amazing Mount Stewart Ireland's finest Garden.

"Gardening In The 21st Century" is a topic close to Eugene"s heart, and is a lecture that he deliver on a regular basis, analyzing how gardening is changing in the modern world... new challenges in style plus all the great green innovations being developed here in Ireland ....environmental issues...vertical gardens, rain water harvesting and other equally fascinating topics .

Finally there is some audio from Eugene"s favourite radio programme Sile Seioge"s Shenanigans on Newstalk where he does a regular gardening feature on Sile"s Show.

With Síle Seoige on Newstalk

On The Afternoon Show on RTE

Jan 26th Interview

March 16th 2013 interview - Part 1

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