Time to give away a book, I think and it’s a big, lush one.
‘The Irish Garden’ by Jane Powers and Jonathan Hession, is published this month by Frances Lincoln. I’ll let them tell you all about it:
“Visitors to Ireland are often surprised at the ‘palm trees’ that make so many gardens look as if they belong in a holiday postcard. How can such exotics survive on an island that is as far north as the prairies of Canada and the pine forests of Siberia? The answer lies in the tail of the Gulf Stream – the North Atlantic Drift – which wraps around this green land on the western edge of Europe.
Its warm and watery embrace bestows the renowned ‘soft’ climate that allows those palm trees (in fact, New Zealand cordylines) to make their homes here – along with tree ferns from Australia and bananas from Japan. Plants from colder regions, including rhododendrons, primulas and all manner of alpines, are equally happy. So, with a range of plants that runs from the subtropical to the subarctic, and a landscape that varies from gently pastoral to savagely rugged, the aptly named Emerald Isle has some of the most romantic and interesting gardens in the world.
‘The Irish Garden’ visits over forty of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens, ranging from the grand old demesnes of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy to the intensely personal creations of passionate plantsmen and garden makers. The result of a lifetime visiting, considering and writing about gardens in Ireland, and several years of dedicated photography, this is a truly comprehensive exploration of a fascinating subject.”
If you’d like to win a copy of this fine looking book you can enter the draw by:
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Please note that the prize will only be posted to a UK postal address.
The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 26th April 2015.
I’ll draw a name from my hat, contact the winner and add the result to the bottom of this post.
You can order a copy of ‘The Irish Garden’ at the discounted price of £32.00 including p&p* (RRP: £40.00). Telephone 01903 828503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the offer code APG319.
*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.
The competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone for taking part on the blog, Facebook and Twitter. The winner is PianoLearner. Congratulations.