Guthrie, the owner of the Gardens of Irini is an icon, one of the very few and
last icons of the old Cyprus. Sometimes you see her walk through the city of
Girne, a blonde, slender and tall figure in her especially designed beautiful wraps,
sometimes with a big hat.
1952 her parents created the Gardens of Irini, with a house and studio, high up
in the old village of Bellapais, next to the house of famous writer Lawrence
parents were medical doctors and moved around the Near East before they settled
in Cyprus. Her mother was an artist, and it will be her pictures Deirdre will
show on the occasion of this very special day.
years ago she started to receive guests in her garden and her receptions and
custom made dinners have become famous and have been mentioned in many English
newspapers and magazines.
have known Deirdre for many years; as a young woman she was a flamenco dancer
and toured the world. Her son has a restaurant in New York which I visited once
in 2005, a charming place.
18 September Deirdre Guthrie has opened the gates of the Gardens of Irini to her
friends from noon until 6 pm to celebrate with her a quarter of a century of
Cypriot/English culture. I walk around the romantic garden and see the art work
of her mother and photographic art of her very good friend, the artist and
graphic designer Hikmet Uluçam and photographs done by the recently deceased friend
Colin Mulcahy, who was also a resident of Bellapais. Friends and all those who
have gone alongside her in one way or the other, they all raise their glasses
and talk of the past. I recognise many faces of people who have lived here a
good part of their life.
Gardens of Irini have seen many people with their own history come and go over
the years, time stands still here. An enchanted place where you may encounter
ghosts of the past touching your hand and knocking your glass over as I have
seen it happening while I was there.
best wishes to Deirdre Guthrie and her enchanted Gardens of Irini, may they
continue to establish connection to the past of the island for a long time to