Author: E. Charles Nelson
Release Date: 2009
A volume of watercolors by an award-winning botanical artist reflects plants that grow wild in Ireland or are cultivated in Irish gardens, in a visual tour that is complemented by lively text on the history of Irish flora, the exotic species in other nations that were traced to Irish sources, and the pursuits of famous cultivators.
Wendy Walsh, following in the traditions of botanical artists from previous ages, has put her exceptional skills to marvellous effect in this beautiful collection of watercolour drawings. She has painted here a selection of the native and cultivated flora of Ireland, where she lives, chosen not only for their botanical interest or attractiveness but also because they happen to have an interesting history: Ireland has produced a surprising number of devoted and intrepid plant-hunters who played a significant part in the introduction into Europe of plants from remote places. Ruth Isabel Ross recounts the history of plant collecting and horticulture by the Irish since earliest times, and Dr Charles Nelson has written extensive notes on the individual plants. The main attraction of this book, however, remains the delicate and subtle watercolour drawings of Wendy Walsh, who works only from nature, painting the actual plants which are her subjects.
Author: Thomas Pakenham
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2015-09-10
'The master. Puts all other modern tree-writers in the shade' John Lewis-Stempel, author of Meadowland Thomas Pakenham is an indefatigable champion of trees. In The Company of Trees he recounts his personal quest to establish a large arboretum on the family estate, Tullynally in Ireland; his forays to other tree-filled parks and plantations; his often hazardous seed-hunting expeditions; and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands. Whether writing about the terrible storms breaking the backs of hundred-year-old trees or a fire in the peat bog on Tullynally which threatens to spread to the main commercial spruce-woods, his fear of climate change and disease, or the sturdy young saplings giving him hope for the future, his book is never less than enthralling.
First published in 1870, The Wild Garden challenged the prevailing garden style of the day and advocated a naturalistic style, in which hardy plants, both native and exotic, are arranged in groupings that mimic wild landscapes. Thanks to Robinson’s passionate advocacy, the naturalistic style triumphed, and Robinson's urgent message continues to resonate today. For this newly designed edition, Rick Darke has written an introductory essay that not only underscores Robinson’s importance in the evolution of garden design and ecology, but also explains his relevance for today’s gardeners, designers, and landscape professionals. The book contains over 100 stunning photographs taken by Darke, including images of Gravetye and of modern “wild” gardens.
Author: John Wilson Foster
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Release Date: 1998
How has Irish nature been studied? How has it been expressed in literature and popular culture? How has it influenced, and been influenced by, political, economic, and social change? These long-neglected questions are pursued in Nature in Ireland, a pioneering collection of original essays by leading naturalists, science writers, and cultural historians who bring us from the geological prehistory of Ireland to the environmental threats of the late twentieth century.
Author: Patrick Taylor
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Release Date: 2008-05-01
The perfect guide to great gardens across Britain and Ireland, with contact details, directions and inspiring photographs – from garden expert Patrick Taylor Visit 300 of the loveliest public and private gardens in the world with the perfect travelling companion. Patrick Taylor’s unique garden appreciation and photographs provide insight and expertise to whet your appetite. Discover a who’s-who of gardening. Meet famous designers, gardeners and styles, from Chatsworth to the Eden Project, without leaving your front room. Then use the region-by-region visiting information with directions, opening hours, websites and contact details to plan your trip. An exciting addition to Eyewitness Companions; the visual reference series covering favourite hobbies and pastimes from French Cheeses and Opera to Horse Riding.
Part of the Georgina Campbell's Ireland series, this guide is a companion to a tour around Ireland. Designed to cater for both the Irish and overseas market, the guide includes around one hundred tip top gardens, arranged by area, with up to the minute practical information, photographs and maps.
Author: Peter Wyse Jackson
Release Date: 2014-01-01
Genre: Botany, Economic
"Peter Wyse Jackson's Ireland's Generous Nature is the first ever comprehensive account of the historical and present-day uses of wild plant species in Ireland. It records a wealth of traditional knowledge about Irish plant use, knowledge that has been disappearing fast. More than 1500 wild plants are detailed in a systematic list, which gives both their Irish and English names. Many historical references have been included from a wide range of Irish literature. This lively and scholarly book shows how plants have been used in virtually every aspect of human life in Ireland: food, clothes, medicine, construction, drinks, veterinary medicine, human health and beauty, and even death. The book is richly illustrated with photographs, as well as botanical paintings by Irish artist Lydia Shackleton (1828-1914). Its blend of scientific and historic facts with myths, superstition and tales offers an unrivalled account of the rich heritage of Irish plants."--Page 4 of cover.
Illustrated with numerous drawings and photographs this book presents a horticultural overview of the main plant families of trees and shrubs from temperate regions that are cultivated in urban and rural landscape schemes. Most of the plants used come from a limited number of plant families and within these families, certain genera contribute very significantly. The largest chapter in the book describes 37 plant families according to their identification, functional use and management in landscape schemes. With this information readers will be able to assess the suitability of species and prepare planting designs for prevailing sites.
Author: W. Michael Satke
Publisher: Hirmer Verlag
Release Date: 2015-03
For gardeners, Ireland’s Roaring Water Bay, in West Cork, is a paradise: buoyed by the Gulf Stream and long hours of sunshine, its micro-climate permits unique plants--even palm trees--to grow and thrive there. And the past twenty years have seen the slow creation of a true masterpiece of "wild gardening” in the area: Glenkeen Garden, designed by Ulrike Crespo and Michael Satke. This book brings five photographers together to document the growth and development of the garden, each bringing to the project his own personal viewpoint. The result, a stunning and limited edition boxed set featuring several fold-outs, will enchant garden lovers with its images of luxuriant vegetation, innovative landscape architecture--including copses, avenues, and ponds--and inviting bridges and garden furniture, all depicted in a range of situations and styles, including the richly atmospheric late-summer daylight and the sparkling mysteries of nighttime.