Date: Sunday 22nd May
Venue: Killarney house & Gardens
A Chelsea flower show gold medal winner, Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTE and BBC.
A Chelsea flower show gold medal winner, Mary has designed gardens internationally for more than 17 years, including commissions in Kew Royal botanical gardens in London as well as occasional stints of garden television presenting for RTE and BBC. Mostly she spends her time growing two very magical wild children who are the stars of Mary’s garden.
Mary Reynolds strives to be a good listener. By listening carefully to her client and the land in question, she undertakes the design of gardens that marry the needs and wishes of the lands guardian with the needs and wishes of the land itself. With her roots in permaculture theory, Mary seeks to create spaces that are healing, truthful and magical.
She also encourages the clients to form their own relationship with the little piece of earth they are lucky enough to call their own, their gardens. A feature length movie based on Marys true life story will be released in 2016. This focuses on the story of Marys journey to build a gold medal winning garden at the Chelsea flower show.
The Garden Awakening – Designs to Nurture Our Land and Ourselves Mary is also developing her years of listening to the land into a comprehensive and ground – breaking book. Her new approach to garden design is a practical treasure map that leads gardeners into a gentle and healing relationship with the land. This book is a step by step instruction manual drawing on ancient methods of working with the land and using them to invite the power and energy of nature back into your life and surround your house and life in its life giving healing embrace.
Introduction to the book:
Everything becomes simple if you immerse yourself in nature. Life’s complications melt away, leaving only the truth of the present moment, and the presence of what I call God. In this place we can see our soul reflected in every living thing, every gust of wind and splash of rain, and here we can find peace. This is our true home. Yet we are losing what little wild places we have left in nature, those corners where the spirits of the earth are flowing freely, where harmony, and balance still exists and we feel accepted for the truth of who we are. We have gone off course and need to find our way again.An old pathway, overgrown and forgotten, is waiting impatiently to lead us back home. Nature is willing us on.