Leading garden designer for Kells conference next week

Story by Ann Casey

Friday, 29th April, 2016 2:37pm

 Leading garden designer for Kells conference next week

One of Ireland’s leading garden designers, Mary Reynolds, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at the forthcoming 'Greening of Kells' conference which takes place in Kells on Thursday 12th May in the local Church of Ireland.
Ken Murray, chairman of Kells Local Heroes, the organisers of the event, said they were “absolutely delighted with the confirmation that Mary Reynolds will attend and speak.
“Her track record is extraordinary and for people interested in this area, her contribution is not to be missed”.
Wexford-based Mary Reynolds has emerged as a master designer having accumulated a number of major international awards.
In 2002, she became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in London.
Following this success, the British Department of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) invited her in 2003 to design and construct a wild garden at the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens in London.
This was followed with an invitation by BBC to build a garden for the TV series ‘Small Town Gardens’.
“Mary Reynolds was recently listed in the top 10 female garden designers in the world by the Landscape Architects Network and that says something significant about her talent and creativity,” said Mr Murray.
A number of other high-profile experts in the areas of urban greenery, horticulture and agri-science will be confirmed for the event in the next 10 days.
The Greening of Kells Conference is the latest of similar events held in Kells since last May under the title of ‘The Bigger Picture’. The previous two events looked at planning as well as infrastructure and how development of the arts can benefit the economy of a local town.


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