Thank you to Smithsonian Magazine for this piece in their June edition by the lovely Jennie Rothenberg Gritz. Photo by Dara Craul.
Thank you to Publisher’s Weekly for this review ahead of The Garden Awakening‘s release in the US in September.
Reynolds, a longtime garden designer, awoke one day to the realization that she could not go on as she had, creating “dead zones” by constraining nature to her will. This treatise-cum-storybook explores her spiritual awakening and reconnection of gardens with nature. She designed her book as a guide to give gardeners “a gentle nudge in the right direction”: that is, back to nature, toward truth. Headnotes in both English and Gaelic emphasize Reynolds’s connection to her native Ireland, which she depicts as a land of sacred places, geometry, symbols, curses, and magic. Her directions take a holistic approach, going beyond practical advice to spiritual guidance; she claims that gardening can show the gardener what needs working on in life itself. Reynolds offers alternative methods of land management beyond chemical therapy. She alternates stories of her family and culture with organized layouts, how-tos, and recipes (for example: natural fungi-, herbi- and insecticides). She encourages adding fauna to flora along with imagination, dreams, charms, and memory. Ruth Evans’s illustrations add resonance. Color illus. (Sept.)
Update: Delighted to say that we can now sell the book to anywhere in the world right from here. Click through to the Shop!
Mary’s book The Garden Awakening: Designs To Nurture Our Land and Ourselves is out now at shops in Ireland and the UK or online at Amazon UK, Waterstones, and The Book Depository. Stay tuned for a list of more booksellers.
We have some endorsements here from fellow land lovers, including this message from the wonderful Jane Goodall!
Currently Mary is implementing a design concept for the New Ross Library Park in County Wexford. Have a look at her plans & some photos of the progress below.
This garden draws on three periods of the history of writing and storytelling in Ireland.
1. Irish Mythology
2. The First example of writing in Ireland, the Ogham script.
3. The monastic tradition of illuminated scripts.
Dare to be Wild is to be released nationwide in Australia this weekend starting with the British Film Festival in Byron Bay. The trailer and all of the listings are below. This film, by Irish director and writer Vivienne de Courcy, is romantic adventure story based on the magical story of Mary’s journey to build a gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea flower show. It features a beautiful soundtrack by Colm Mac Con Iomaire featuring songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. [click through for city & theater listings.]
Lovely column in the Irish Times by Róisín Ingle about Mary & Dare To Be Wild. Thank you Róisín.