Mary Reynolds

198. Giving Back to the Earth:  Restorative Gardening with Mary Reynolds

This episode was initially published on April 21, 2023 under the title The Urgent Need for Restorative Gardening

Internationally acclaimed landscape designer, activist and bestselling author of The Garden Awakening and her newly released title We are the Ark, Mary Reynolds discusses her efforts to restore the earth through her global ARK campaign, (Acts of Restorative Kindness). She launched her career by achieving a gold medal for garden design at the Chelsea flower show in 2002, the story of which was made into a 2016 movie called “Dare to be Wild”. She later founded the global movement “We are the ARK”, an organization advocating for more wild spaces and to raise awareness of our current extinction event.

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Topics Discussed

Mary's new book We Are the Ark: Returning Our Gardens to Their True Nature Through Acts of Restorative Kindness with illustrations by Ruth Evans
Mary's story of the pivotal moment that changed her career
How Mary reframes the concept of gardens
The ARK concept
How the idea of feeding the world is greenwashing, when we should support the world to feed itself.
Floral designer Amber Tamm @ambertamm
Doug Tallamy, founder of Home Grown National Park - a grassroots organization regenerating local biodiversity
Native species vs non-native plants and how they affect local eco-systems
The 100th monkey syndrome
Shifting Baseline Syndrome/ Daniel Pauly
How has Mary's mission evolved from The Garden Awakening to We Are the Ark
Mary's project in Westport, County Mayo
The difference between a garden and an ark is intention
How can people become less afraid of the wildness?
Where does Mary find hope that we will be able to save the planet and ourselves?
Spreading the message of The ARK all over the world
From What is to What If written by Rob Hopkins
The book Silent Spring written by Rachel Carson

Connect with Mary:

Website: We Are the Ark
Instagram: wildmarymary

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