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The Irish Garden by Jane Powers
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The Irish Garden

by Jane Powers

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This is a book to keep close at hand for dreaming and for garden inspiration, or for planning a visit to Ireland and her homes and gardens. The author and photographer know and love Irish gardens. The chapters are wide-ranging and a favorite of mine is “Paradises Reinvented” where sadly neglected gardens are brought back to life. “Grand Big Gardens” shows us what is behind the gates of the Anglo-Irish gentry. I do love garden follies and “A Few Follies and Fancies” captures the whimsy and the magic of follies. Follies are curious structures of romantic appearance, often in the form of fake ruins or ancient appearing arches and bridges. In “Fields of Dreams” you will see private gardens open to visitors, like Anne Condell’s home in County Wicklow, which has an exuberant mix of flowers, vegetables and herbs. You may want to treat yourself to this book and give a copy as a gift to a dear gardening friend. ( )
  hangen | May 31, 2015 |
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Visitors to Ireland are often surprised at the 'palm trees' that make so many gardens look as if they belong in a holiday postcard. How can such exotics survive on an island that is as far north as the prairies of Canada and the pine forests of Siberia? The answer lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream - the North Atlantic Drift - which wraps around this green land on the western edge of Europe. Its warm and watery embrace bestows the renowned 'soft' climate that allows those palm trees (in fact, New Zealand Cordylines) to make their homes here - along with tree ferns from Australia and bananas from Japan. Plants from colder regions, including rhododendrons, primulas and all manner of alpines, are equally happy. So, with a range of plants that runs from the subtropical to the subarctic, and a landscape that varies from gently pastoral to savagely rugged, the aptly named Emerald Isle has some of the most romantic and interesting gardens in the world. The Irish Garden visits over forty of Ireland's most beautiful gardens, ranging from the grand old demesnes of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy to the intensely personal creations of passionate plantsmen and garden makers.

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Visitors to Ireland are often surprised at the 'palm trees' that make so many gardens look as if they belong in a holiday postcard. How can such exotics survive on an island that is as far north as the prairies of Canada and the pine forests of Siberia? The answer lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream - the North Atlantic Drift - which wraps around this green land on the western edge of Europe. Its warm and watery embrace bestows the renowned 'soft' climate that allows those palm trees (in fact, New Zealand cordylines) to make their homes here - along with tree ferns from Australia and bananas from Japan. Plants from colder regions, including rhododendrons, primulas and all manner of alpines, are equally happy. So, with a range of plants that runs from the subtropical to the subarctic, and a landscape that varies from gently pastoral to savagely rugged, the aptly named Emerald Isle has some of the most romantic and interesting gardens in the world. The Irish Garden visits over forty of Ireland's most beautiful gardens, ranging from the grand old demesnes of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy to the intensely personal creations of passionate plantsmen and garden makers. The result of a lifetime visiting, considering and writing about gardens in Ireland, and several years of dedicated photography, this is a truly comprehensive exploration of a fascinating subject.… (more)

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