Monty Don chatting to writer and gardener Helen Dillon in her beautiful abundent Irish walled town garden just before it was sold, commented that.. “Gardening was what grown ups do outside to play” in reponse to her comment that gardening was the only place she felt at peace.
Another funny exchange about an orange rose in her garden Helen was particularly fond of called ‘Warm Welcome’ which she obviously loved and felt illuminated the place – Helen’s comment – ‘Have you met them before?’ and M.D.’s diplomatic reply ‘I do orange roses with a great deal of suspicion’
‘In an Irish Garden‘ by and Helen Dillon captures the feeling of a generation of gardeners about to pass and remembers these people and their gardens with the interesting inscription by Helen – ‘You may not visit my garden in the middle of the night!’
But ‘Is it the garden or the person who is the national treasure? – I suppose they are inextricably interlinked’ Paddy Tobin