From artifacts to literature, music, and most recently, dance, Americans are fascinated by things Irish. 'Irish Gardens' introduces an evocative portrait of 20 of the most beautiful gardens found on the Emerald Isle. More than 220 color photos, paintings, and garden plans are utilized brilliantly to tell stories and to reveal design and planting secrets that combine to create a particular ambiance. Examples are historic sites such as Mount Stewart in County Down, wild romantic paradises such as Ilnacullen in Bantry Bay, and traditional walled vegetable gardens like Kinoith in Cork. The stories behind the gardens inform as they entertain. Local color spices the history. Discover how herbs came to be imported from Tasmania, Japan, and China. Then follow these herbs to the Mallymaloe Cookery School in Kinoith, and (some say) the consequent revival of tasty cooking in Ireland.