The Irish Garden -

The Irish Garden

A Cultural History



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Don't leave yet. Let there be one more piece of magic to remember the place by. Is there something especially Irish about Irish gardens? The climate, soils, availability of plants and skills of green-fingered people generate an unusually benign environment, it's true, but not one that is unique to Ireland. Irish gardens tend to avoid magnificence in favour of a quiet and domesticated, beauty, but that is not peculiar to Ireland either. As Peter Dale demonstrates in this ground-breaking book, strains of Irishness run through these gardens like seams of ore. Seen not just as zones of horticultural bravura, but also as reflections of historical, cultural, political and religious events and values, the gardens accrue an unusual richness of surface and depth of meaning. Though not uncritical of some aspects, The Irish Garden is as a rhapsody on themes of Irishness, as if the spirit and soul of Ireland itself were sometimes more visible in these places than in the more conventionally visited locations of battlefields, breweries and bars.

Product code: 9780750988094

ISBN 9780750988094
Publisher The History Press Ltd
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
No. Of Pages 384
Illustrated By Brian Lalor
A beautifully written celebration of the essence of the Irish Garden