Giving your garden back to nature - A talk by Mary Reynolds

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Waterford City and County Libraries Central Library

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After a long career as a landscape designer, Mary Reynolds realized one day that she had to stop what she was doing and step up and ask people to give their gardens back to nature. So she started a growing global Movement called “We Are The Ark” (Acts of Restorative Kindness to the Earth)

The time for gardens is gone. The time for moulding land as a visual feast for our eyes, for only allowing garden centre sanctioned plants into our boundaries... that time is gone. We are in a crisis and we have to embrace a new world. Everything must change.

The more biodiversity you can establish in your patch of earth, the more complex a food web that is restored. The less biodiversity, the weaker an ecosystem. No need to plant anything. Unless soil is damaged or destroyed. Every square foot of healthy soil hides about 5000 seeds. We just need to encourage and allow them to emerge from the soil, and then slowly guide the system into as diverse a habitat as possible. From woodland and native shrubby thickets down to meadow.

Change the way you think as a gardener. Wake up and become a guardian. Stop fighting nature and go against the controlling instinct and instead encourage those weeds, encourage untidiness, encourage life to return. Ark your Garden back to life.

Mary Reynolds is a Chelsea Gold medal winning Irish landscape designer, bestselling author and nature activist. The writer and director Vivienne De Courcy made a movie, “Dare to be Wild (2016), about one of Mary’s adventures. Mary is a proud patron of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland (WRI) and strives to do as much as she can to re-educate people how to live in harmony with nature in their own patch of land. To become Guardians rather than Gardeners. www.marymary.ie

However, one day Mary was sitting at her desk looking out over her garden when she saw a fox run past and We are the Ark was born. www.wearetheark.org


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