Earlscliffe - articles in books

Over the past twenty -five years, the Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe has been featured or mentioned in a number of books.

Books that feature the Earlscliffe garden or plants

Title and Author Cover Description Publisher
Chilean Trees Around the World by Rodrigo Fernández Carbó A magnificent and weighty volume covering Chilean trees in various countries around the world. Ireland and the UK are included, with two chapters on Earlscliffe; El Bosque del Milenio (The Millennium Wood) which shows the 100 Chilean Myrtles (Luma apiculata) planted by David Robinson, and La Palma Única de los Robinson (The Lone Palm of the Robinsons) which describes the Chonta Palm (Juania australis) at Earlscliffe. Rodrigo Fernández Carbó
ISBN 9563688309
Gardening On The Edge by Philip McMillan Browse
Ten respected and practising gardeners, and one of the world's foremost evolutionary biologists write on their experiences of 'gardening on the edge' - at the edge of knowledge, and at the edge of the land. Earlscliffe, and in particular the Juania australis is discussed in the chapter on palms.
Alison Hodge
ISBN 0906720338
RHS Garden Finder (2003-2004) by Charles Quest-Ritson With more than 1000 gardens listed, this book aimed to be a guide for all plant lovers. the Earlscliffe Garden is included in the Republic of Ireland section DK
ISBN 0751364339
Gardens of Ireland by Terence Reeves-Smyth In 2001 the Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe was included in a book detailing 100 of the best gardens of Ireland. In it Terence Reeves-Smyth describes the variations in gardens, especially around Dublin. He discusses Earlscliffe, where the temperature never falls below -6° C (21° F) , and compares it to the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin (a few miles away) were it regularly falls to -10° C(14° F), with a low of -18.5° C (-1° F) in 1982. He states that Earlscliffe "boasts a range of plants that is unique in Ireland"  Mitchell Beazley
ISBN 1-84000-338-3
Good Gardens Guide Edited by Peter King

The Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe was included in the Good Gardens Guide (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) initially in 1997 and in subsequent years. The entry in the 1999 Edition reads as follows: -

  • ‘Few gardens can match Earlscliffe for variety or advantage. Perched on the cliffs overlooking Dublin Bay (a view to rival the Bay of Naples) on the southern side of the Hill of Howth, a peninsula almost encircled by the sea, severe frosts are rare. There is an almost constant breeze, just what the most tender plants need. So the collection of plants is astonishing and is not easily summarised. A forest of Echium pininiana, the spire shaped, blue-blossomed bugloss from the Canary Islands is memorable; this species is naturalised at Earlscliffe (it is impolite to suggest that this four-and-a-half metre tall herb could be a weed, but frequently it is). An octopus-like weeping cedar groping a thicket of the Chatham Island daisy bushes (Olearia ‘Henry Travers’), a grove of bananas that flower and fruit, and waxy yellow blossomed heathers from South Africa, greet the visitor. These are hors-d’oeuvre, while Juania australis, Daphniphyllum macorpodum, Auraucaria bidwillii, Cordyline bauerii - one could go on and on - are veritable sights for sore eyes. Many Eucalyptus species thrive in this garden, not to mention Callitris rhomboidea or the giant Hebe ‘Lavender Queen’. Dr David Robinson’s gardening philosophy may disturb the ecologically-minded because, with impunity, he uses chemicals (principally simazine and glyphosate) to control weeds (Echium pininana is not one) in this six-acre plantsman’s paradise. You may not agree with him, but you will certainly leave astonished by his plants and his audacity. Anyway when did you last see a bunya-bunya pine growing outdoors at a latitude of 53 degrees North?’


Bloomsbury Pub Ltd
ISBN 1-84000-338-3
Burke's Backyard Overseas - Travels with Don Burke by Don Burke

In 1995 the garden was filmed as part of Don Burke's Australian documentary programme "Burke's Backyard Overseas". Following the filming, Don Burke published an item on Earlscliffe (without prior permission) in his book ‘Burke’s Backyard Overseas – Travels with Don Burke’. In this book he lists "David Robinson’s garden" as one of eight places of interest to visit in Ireland.

CTC Productions
ISBN 0646339796
Large Gardens and Parks by Tom Wright

In 1982 the Robinson Garden at Earlscliffe made its way into the book "Large Gardens and Parks" by Tom Wright alongside Versailles and some of the more celebrated English gardens. The gardens were discussed as one of a series of case studies.

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
ISBN 0246114029

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