Mary Reynolds

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Award-winning garden designer Mary Reynolds suggests putting up signs saying “This is an Ark” to make clear to judgmental neighbours and local council officials that this is an attempt at ecological rejuvenation.

Having realised the damage that gardening does to nature, the acclaimed Gold Medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show Mary Reynolds now calls herself a(...)

Giverny, France - June 8th, 2017: Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny, in the background the house of Monet can be seen. Photograph: Getty Images

Heading off abroad on holidays this summer and hoping to include a visit to one of Europe’s great gardens? I asked some of the country’s most seasoned(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking at the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has expressed concern at “a growing polarisation within the Catholic Church and by certain groups (...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said: ‘It is truly disappointing that Mercy International Centre has been targeted in this way. ’Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Mercy International Centre in Dublin is no longer hosting an event which the Minister for Culture was due to speak at in relation to women and the(...)

Benjamin Vidmar  faces three months of total darkness, winter temperatures of -20°C and ferocious Arctic storms and blizzards while trying to grow in the Arctic

After a summer of 32°C highs in Co Clare, a winter of heavy snow and seven weeks of absolute drought it’s time to start looking at how others manage t(...)

Ireland’s moist climate is ideal for slugs

We need to talk about slugs. Worse still, we need to talk about the sex life of slugs. Yes, yes, I know, as subject matters go, it’s about as alluring(...)

It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since the Carlow Garden Festival took its first baby steps with just a handful of garden experts as part of (...)

The rooftop gardens at  59 Forbes Quay

The launch of 59 Forbes Quay – a two-bedroom penthouse in the Dublin Docklands – this week is well timed. One of the major selling points of the penth(...)

Mary Reynolds: “I’ve been doing gardens that are very beautiful and they’re natural and they’re in harmony with the patterns and shapes of nature, but the land itself did not want to remain as I designed it. Therefore, I failed.”

Winning a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show is the best possible launchpad for a young gardener’s career. That’s what happened to Mary Reynolds in(...)

The small garden known as ‘Buncloch’ or Foundation Stone in Farmleigh. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A 1916-inspired garden at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park has been abandoned and left overgrown despite a significant State investment in commemor(...)

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