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Our first title, Wild Gardens, The Lost Demesnes of Bantry Bay, first appeared in August 2000; a second, revised and extended, edition was published in June 2001.

The book offers a new interpretation of the idea of the Wild Garden, typically associated with William Robinson, but here linked to the picturesque theories of landscape developed by Thomas Johnes, Richard Payne Knight, Uvedale Price, Humphry Repton and John Ruskin. The book relates this conception of the wild garden to the rich heritage of Bantry Bay.

Wild Gardens draws on many previously unpublished historic photographs and largely unexplored archives, including the White family papers now deposited at University College Cork, and the O'Keeffe local history collection lodged at the Cork Archives Institute.

The gardens, and their creators, described in detail are Ardnagashel House [Hutchins family], Bantry House [2nd Earl of Bantry], Drombrow House [ Arthur Wilkinson], Dunboy Castle [Henry Puxley ], Glengarriff Castle [Simon and Sarah White], Glengarriff Lodge [1st Earl of Bantry], Ilnacullin, also known as Garinish Island [Harold Peto], and Inchiclogh House [Richard White].

Wild Gardens, 2nd edition, 173 pages, 159 half-tone illustrations, printed on high quality matt coated paper, €15 plus post and packing.

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