Journal of an Irish Garden
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Journal of an Irish Garden is a collection of columnist and plantsperson Rachel Darlington’s articles in the Irish Garden magazine from 2007 to 2015. It details her development from amateur gardener to owner of a garden open to the public. This book is, in essence, a horticultural journey. It is an odyssey of discovery, knowledge and fulfilment, while taking the not-so-occasional foray into the realms of iffy dress-sense, hypothermia and muck. This journey contains elements that most gardeners will recognise from their own endeavours. "We follow the author’s development as a gardener and that of her garden, Douentza, which is a joy to visit, full of well-grown unusual plants and one of the up-and-coming Irish gardens." —Helen Dillon, the Dillon Garden "What really makes the book for me is the clear and ever-present love of plants. From the mundane to the rare, the plant mix is eclectic and the book peppered with handy tips for growing them."... More > —Jimi Blake, Hunting Brook Gardens< Less
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Apr 16, 2016With a friendly conversational tone and a seamless blending of often humorous anecdotal vignettes with much sought after practical knowledge the author reveals her experiences creating a bountiful garden while simultaneously becoming a masterful gardener. We follow the unsure missteps and ingenuous strides of a novice only to discover a rich tapestry of floral delights produced by a skilled artisan with an increasingly refined personal aesthetic exercising enthusiasm, determination and an acquired knowledge of palette, design and horticultural know how. Rachel Darlington's love of plants shines throughout this volume, whether she is witnessing the first successful flowering of a hardy orchid or battling the vicissitudes of the seasons. The author is not one to shy away from 'controversial' subjects as varied as the New Wave Planting style, to yellow coloured flowers, stating her opinions clearly and detailing how she arrived at them succinctly. With over three hundred types of plants... More > from around the world referenced, this book would be a pleasurable read whether one has a few potted plants on a windowsill or a large landscaped acreage under cultivation.< Less
Apr 2, 2016I have enjoyed this book immensely. It's one of those that are very hard to put down. Journal of an Irish Garden is a collection of the texts Rachel Darlington wrote as a columnist for the Irish Garden Magazine, and through them we learn of Rachel's experiences with her beautiful and ever changing garden, from the time she started to the day of her first Open Garden day. Season by season, we are presented with more gardening adventures, rich with Rachel's wonderful sense of humor. The chapters are short, which for me was a great thing, because I had time to read everyday one or two chapters while I ate my breakfast before going to work. The book is filled with an awesome positive energy and I often found myself smiling afterwards, and it was a wonderful way to start the day. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys plants, regardless of whether you have a garden or not. You will certainly find in the book some experience you can relate to.
Apr 1, 2016I really enjoyed this delightful book. Unlike many garden books it has the feel of a real garden being developed by a real gardener - and so encouraging to see stories of the evolution of this special garden through the years. The style of the book is light but underlying it is real sound horticultural knowledge and practical information. My first "read" was straight through, but it now sits on my coffee-table for dipping in at moments of leisure.
Mar 31, 2016I can genuinely say that Rachels friendly, witty and down to earth manner flows from the pages throughout the book. I loved each chapter as I got to follow Rachels gardening journey, from her being an amateur gardener to her now being a highly respected gardener in her own right. The book itself is very easy to read, and each chapter takes you through different sections of Rachels journey over a 7 yr period from 2007-2015. Each chapter of this book charts that journey and with the help of Rachels witty style of writing, we get to see the highs and the lows that Rachel faced on that journey, and so many gardeners will relate to much of what Rachel shares, and the way Rachel writes you can not help feeling you are there with her through not only each season and chapter, but also you get a sense of what she must have went through to create such an amazing garden. I have found The Journal of an Irish Garden by Rachel Darlington not only entertaining I found it very inspirational to see... More > how Rachel came so far and I highly recommend this book for you or as a gift for a loved one who is into gardening, irrespective either indoor or outdoor, this book is one to read.< Less
Mar 30, 2016This was a book which I really enjoyed. I loved how each chapter was a short story, recounting the journey of how the garden has evolved over the years. It was very funny in parts and so interesting too. I got lots from it and thoroughly enjoyed every page. An excellent read.
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- Rachel Darlington (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Cultivo Books
- December 2, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.82 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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