A hugely informative insight into the best gardens in the country was provided on Thursday by a Kilkenny woman. Written and researched by Kilkenny People garden columnist, Shirley Lanigan “The 100 Best Gardens In Ireland” has already received rave reviews, for its content, production and style. And Shirely, the author and former gallery curator had praise lavished on her for the quality of the book and for the manner in which she painstakingly visited every garden in it, and hundreds of others, to ensure it was authentic and a true reflection of the best on the island.
There are two inclusions from Kilkenny, Woodstock gardens and arboretum, Inistioge and Kilfane, Thomastown.
Quality colour images of both are contained in the book which was officially launched by gardening guru Gerry Daly at Powerscourt, Co Wicklow who was rich in his praise for Shirley’s work ethic and for the meticulous nature of the prepration of the volume, its contents and the wonderful portrayal of Ireland’s finest gardens,
The full-colour, beautifully bound handbook, a guide to the greatest and most breathtaking gardens across Ireland, both North and South is lavishly illustrated and is a must-have for gardeners and tourists as well as those lovers of beauty planning their summer outings.
It takes readers on an informative, interesting and pictorial tour of some of Ireland’s most spectacular gardens; with hundreds of newly commissioned photographs it is a feast for the eyes. It explores the gardens’ histories, design, flora and fauna, and also includes interviews with owners, curators and gardeners. In addition, it acts as a practical guide, providing information on fees, opening hours and has been designed as a handbook to take around the country while visiting these remarkable horticultural sights.
Building on Shirley Lanigan’s previous book on Irish gardens, which was hailed as “probably the most comprehensive guide to Irish gardens, North and South, published to date”, The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland is for anyone who can appreciate the very best of Irish gardens, from the truly magnificent and celebrated to the never-before-seen secret gardens.
Shirley Lanigan has worked as a journalist and gallery curatorand is the author of a number of books. Her first book, The O’Brien Guide to Irish Gardens (2001), was the most comprehensive guide to the gardens of Ireland. She will sign copies of her new book at Stone house Books this evening (Wednesday).