Thank you to The Planet Shine for visiting us & helping Mary share about her book The Garden Awakening.
Listen to Mary chat here on the Cultivating Place: Natural History & Our Gardens podcast.
Irish plantswoman Mary Reynolds has cultivated a deep love of her place in the mountains of Wicklow, Ireland – in all its complexity and mystery. As a plantswoman and guardian/gardener – she listens to her place, and works in partnership with her place to move us all forward towards a better world.
Mary is a nature activist, a self-described reformed Landscape Designer, the author of “The Garden Awakening”, and the inspiration behind the 2015 movie Dare to be Wild – she joins Cultivating Place this week in an extended celebration of Earth Day, and our bonus Habitat Garden Series Episode #6.
Weaving a patchwork of safe havens for Nature globally, in our gardens, schools, public spaces and beyond..
We are all becoming more aware of our climate breakdown but we seem less aware of the silent killer that is biodiversity and habitat loss which is happening at a staggering rate and is equally – if not more – potentially devastating.
What Can One Person Do To Make A Difference?
For those of us that care about the living world around us and are aware of the challenges we all face, this is a painful and desperate time – but there is hope. We have waited too long for changes to come from our leaders and politicians. We cannot wait any longer. The change will come from the ground up – it will come from us.
This is a call to step up and re assess our management of every individual tiny patch of the earth possible. It’s a call to the guardians of the earth to step forward and make themselves known, to raise their voices. We need to help the natural world and not hinder it. We have to invite nature and wildness back into our gardens, parks and every tiny patch of this earth we can. To create sanctuary, food and habitat for the creatures we are supposed to share this planet with and who in return will help us survive here within a truly natural and beautiful environment.
It’s up to each of us to re-wild our world, piece by piece until we have a patchwork quilt of sanctuaries that wraps its way around the globe.
We Are The Ark.
We Hold The Seeds For A New Earth.
Things are only hopeless if we do nothing, so let’s do something!
The long awaited film soundtrack from Dare To Be Wild has now been released worldwide. Colm Mac Con Iomiare scored the music for this movie about Irish nature activist Mary Reynolds and her journey to winning the Gold medal at the Chelsea Garden Show in London. Featuring original collaborations including a breathtaking duet from Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the otherworldly vocal talents of Carol Keogh and a musical encounter with Ethiopian Godfather of Jazz; master-percussionist and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke. The soundtrack also features Irish piano wizard Justin Carroll, not to mention a spell-binding song by Damien Buckley.
Available on digital media platforms now via this link.
Mary’s book The Garden Awakening: Designs To Nurture Our Land and Ourselves is out now! Available directly from our webshop here, in Irish & UK bookshops or online elsewhere at Amazon, Waterstones, and The Book Depository.
Read endorsements for The Garden Awakening here, including this message from the wonderful Jane Goodall!
Dare To Be Wild is now available to watch on Netflix in North America.
“Dare To Be Wild” is a feature length film based on Mary’s true life story made by Irish director Vivienne de Courcey. The film focuses on the magical story of Mary’s journey to build a gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea flower show.
Mary spoke at TEDxWexford about our personal responsibility to step into our roles as guardians of our earth.
Mary was featured on the television programme Nationwide on RTÉ last Friday evening. You can watch it here.