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The Irish Garden

Jane Powers Jonathan Hession



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Francis Lincoln (Adult ti
25 March 2015
Gardening; Gardens (descriptions, history etc)
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.
By:   Jane Powers, Jonathan Hession
Imprint:   Francis Lincoln (Adult ti
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 305mm,  Width: 250mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   2.858kg
ISBN:   9780711232228
ISBN 10:   0711232229
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   25 March 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jane Powers has been Gardening Correspondent of the Irish Times since 1997 and also write for Irish Garden magazine, Garden Heaven, Gardens Illustrated, The Times, the Garden Design Journal and The Professional Gardener. She is inspector of Irish gardens for the Good Gardens Guide. Jonathan Hession's career meandered through many areas of photography before settling in the film business as a stills photographer on movie sets. He was eventually infected with the garden photography bug by his wife, Jane Powers.

Reviews for The Irish Garden

'a sumptuous tome [...]lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs by Jonathan Hession' Historic Gardens Review worth its weight in gold Irish Examiner This book is a thorough treat. And one that delights the biggest muscle of all, the brain. Irish Examiner 'The photographs often stopped me in my tracks, sometimes with an involuntary gasp and a mental, 'Oh I must go there'... This pair of perfectionists have produced a remarkable book.' -- Joy Larkcom The Garden ' Its images are hard to resist.' -- Anna Pavord Independent on Sunday 'A tour de force.' Garden News the writing is fresh, informative and entertaining: the photographs are magnificent ... likely to become a standard reference, which will tell you new things about gardens you know and send you off to visit those you don't. The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Journal I was scarcely 20 pages into this magnificent book before I said to myself 'I've got to go back to Ireland. I've got to go back now ... a huge, heavy, sumptuous book beautifully designed and rightly extravagant with the photographs. -- Anna Pavord The World of Interiors a horticulturist's dream House & Garden shows exactly why it is that we should take such an immense, enduring and protective pride in the remarkable gardens that are a unique but fragile part of our heritage The Irish Times Ireland's finest gardens are showcased in stuning new book ... a must-have for all who are interested in the evolution of the Irish garden. -- Diarmuid Gavin Irish Independent The first extensive book on Irish gardens in a long time, this big weighty tome made me feel utterly homesick for my native land, and reminded me what makes Irish gardens and landscapes so unique. The English Garden an absorbing well-written thing of beauty ...unbelievably romantic and magical photographs. Irish Mail on Sunday outstanding in its scope and achievement ... a book not to be missed The Irish Garden magazine this big weighty tome made me utterly homesick for my native land, and reminded me what makes Irish gardens and landscapes so unique. The light, the atmosphere and the character of these places are captured magnificently in Jonathan Hession's photographs ... Jane Powers ...accompanies the fine photography with considered, informed writing ... The English Garden a stunning record of the best the island has to offer, in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The Independent on Sunday it will surely persuade many readers to visit, or re-visit, that remarkable island's remarkable repertorie of gardens Country Life a synchrony of text and images that should be the blueprint for future books of this kind ... Gardens Illustrated This is a truly inspirational book, one that will excite & inspire and make you start planning a glorious garden tour of the lush green isle. The Living Room blog

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