Mary Reynolds was the first Irish person, and the youngest person ever, to receive a Gold Medal at Chelsea and on Saturday April 9, she will launch her new book ‘The Garden Awakening’ at Future Forests in Kealkil.
In 2002, Christy Collard of Future Forests in Kealkil, helped Mary fulfill her dream of winning a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. Mary designed a wild garden sanctuary, which Christy built with the Future Forests crew. A feature length film ‘Dare to be wild’, based on their true story, will be released in Ireland this coming May. ‘Dare to be wild’ also highlights Christy’s work in Ethiopia where he spent over a year volunteering in ancient Lalibela, as a consultant and designer for a reforestation project.
‘The Garden Awakening’ is a garden design book with a difference; drawing inspiration from long-forgotten Irish ways of working with land, Mary Reynolds re-imagines gardens for the times we live in. She looks at land the way a parent looks at a child – as a gift and a responsibility.
Guiding you to knit three important parts of a puzzle together, you will learn to ask what the land itself wants to become and how to encourage that intention. Discover how to design a space that connects you into the flow of universal energy.
The book also looks at the need for sustainable living, especially growing our own food and how to do that within a design. Under Mary’s gentle guidance you can awaken your garden, nurturing the land to become a beautiful, truthful and magical space with garden designs that are in harmony with nature.
Whether you want to bring the energy and atmosphere of wild places into your own garden or are interested in permaculture and forest gardening, this book will teach you how to embrace your garden as part of your family. Once you read this book, you will never look at your garden in the same way again.
Mary Reynolds will introduce her new book ‘The Garden Awakening’ and be available for a chat and signing at Future Forests on April 9 at 5pm. Future Forests almost lost their unique rambling wooden building to fire in 2014 – they have just finished repairing the fire damage and extending the building so a visit to this beautiful nursery near Bantry is a must this month.