The jewel-like watercolors of renowned Irish botanical artist Wendy Walsh portray a personal selection of about 100 plants that grow wild in Ireland or are cultivated in Irish gardens. Presented in 33 thematic sections, Walsh's subjects range from well-loved and distinctive native plants to exotic species introduced from the New World and Asia, unusual plants that grow in some of the most extreme environments in Ireland, and striking hybrids created by plant breeders. Lively and accessible horticultural descriptions by distinguished botanist E. Charles Nelson accompany the paintings, celebrating the story of each plant along with its natural beauty. The great gardens, famous plants men, fascinating journeys and natural phenomena that have shaped the flora of Ireland spring to life in Dr Nelsons engaging text. This elegant and unconventional guide will kindle the imagination of any plant lover or admirer of the Irish landscape.