We’re pleased to announce WE ARE THE ARK: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness by Mary Reynolds with illustrations by Ruth Evans will be published by Timber Press on 25 October. You can pre-order now via your choice here or from The Book Depository.




MARY REYNOLDS. “How amazing Ireland would be if we were covered in our own plants, if we didn’t decide to import things that were pretty? Why do we think we always need to be like someone else?”

By listening carefully to her client and the land in question, Mary undertakes the design of gardens that marry the needs and wishes of the land’s guardian with the needs and wishes of the land itself. With her roots in natural gardening theory, Mary seeks to create spaces that are healing, truthful and magical.

“I have come full circle with garden and landscape design. Now I want you to give any land under your care back to nature, to re-wild, to be ‘ARKed’ with Acts of Restorative Kindness to the earth.”

Conversation with Glen Hansard

Last month Mary chatted with Glen Hansard on an Instagram Live broadcast about We Are The Ark. Please have a look!

Love & Courage Podcast

Mary recently joined Ruairí McKiernan on his Love & Courage podcast to talk about We Are The Ark. Click through to watch on Facebook

Welcome aboard my Love and Courage podcast conversation with the wonderful Mary Reynolds. Mary is a world-renowned “reformed” landscape designer who was previously the youngest ever gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show. She’s the founder of the We Are The Ark movement, a patron of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland -WRI and she’s had a movie made about her. The conversation is also available as audio-only on my Love and Courage podcast, which is available on Spotify and all main podcast apps. Big thanks to all you podcast patrons. http://pod.link/loveandcourage

Cultivating Place Podcast

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.

We Are The Ark

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!

Claire & Joe created a forest garden from scratch with guidance from Mary’s book The Garden Awakening – Designs to Nurture Ourselves and Our Land. You can go back and read about its origins here & then keep up with current happenings at their Instagram @IrishForestGarden.