Growing Beauty: The Reinvention of an Irish Country Garden

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In 2012 Des Doyle started restoring the garden surrounding his wife’s family home in Co. Kilkenny. It created many challenges and this book tells the story of some of those challenges and the key themes that emerged during that time. The importance of sensitivity, sustainability and structure all come into play. Also important are the plants used to create the garden – why they were used, how they are combined and the effect they delivered.

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Re-imagining an Irish country garden.

In 2012 Des Doyle started restoring the garden surrounding his wife’s family home in Co. Kilkenny.

The house and garden were constructed in 1810 on the banks of the River Nore just south of Kilkenny city. His challenges were many: limited horticultural knowledge, huge areas of lawn, many areas of untamed wilderness, trees felled by storms and limited structure in the garden were enduring challenges as I developed the bones of the garden. Since then he has reinvented the garden into one that has sensitively embraced the gardens previous history and has juxtaposed areas of modern planting that are richly evocative and create an interesting tension between old and new, contemporary and traditional.

This book tells the story of some of those challenges and the key themes that emerged during that time. The importance of sensitivity, sustainability and structure all come into play. Also important are the plants used to create the garden – why they were used, how they are combined and the effect they delivered.

155 pages, hardback, full colour. Published April 27th 2024.

The Irish Times

‘…What fascinates Doyle, and what he writes about with great insight, is the idea of the garden as a highly dynamic, living entity that’s in a state of constant flux yet still somehow endures, much like our own lives. The insightful lessons he’s learned and shares in his book will ring true for many experienced gardeners – from the need to understand and respect that all-important sense of place, to how relinquishing that all-too-human desire for control can lead us to a much richer, deeper and more meaningful relationship with the natural world…’

‘…Embracing the unexpected is something that Doyle discusses throughout his book with grace and good humour – from how he suffered from a period of deep depression after injury forced him to give up his earlier career as a jeweller, to how Storm Darwin in 2014 radically reshaped his early attempts at making a woodland garden at Lavistown by toppling 10 mature beech trees. Literally overnight he was presented with an entirely different landscape and set of growing conditions, a calamity which he doggedly turned into an opportunity to create a very different, contemporary gravel garden where sun-loving shrubs and perennials now flourish….’

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