Author of Dermot Gardens and Discover Gardening Dermot O'Neill is one of Ireland 's best-loved gardening personalities. His passion and enthusiasm for his subject touches many people and his down to earth, colourful, easy to follow style brings the joy of gardening to a wide audience. His keen interest in all growing things started early in childhood when Dermot's grandmother guided and encouraged him to grow plants from seed and also tend a gardening patch. These early results developed into a passion then to an all-absorbing career. This means that today we find Dermot right at the cutting edge of Irish gardening. Dermot brings the message of gardening to a broad audience encompassing all generations. His lively and enthusiastic approach is a major factor in encouraging many to take up the hobby of gardening. Previously the in-house gardener with RTE’s Open House, Dermot is also the voice of gardening on Today with Pat Kenny on RTE Radio One. He also works leading tours of people to such places as, Gardens of the Italian Lakes , Paris - Versailles and Monet's Garden, Chelsea Flower Show, The Gardens of South Africa and the Gardens of Netherlands. Dermot also gives gardening talks and lectures around the country, including regular seminars with his colleague, Helen Dillon. Dermot has been very keenly involved with Gardening and Horticultural Societies both at home and abroad. He is a member of 28 international organisations and at home he has been a founder committee member of the Irish Garden Plants Society. He is also a past council member of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland and recently he has been made a Special Friend of the Garden and Landscape Designers Association. Dermot can be found on line at www.dermotoneill.com where he is delighted to receive input and queries.