IRISH GARDENS.




There are many lovely gardens to see when you come to Ireland. 



One of the best is:
Powerscourt

Powerscourt is situated in Wicklow the county known as the Garden of Ireland;it is about 20 miles from Dublin. The gardens,regarded as one of the best in Europe , are formal with wide sweeping terraces and some wonderful antique sculptures. Unfortunately the interior of the house was destroyed by fire some 25 years ago though part has been restored. Recently an excellent restaurant and gift shop has opened. There are wonderful Japanese and Italian areas, lakes , ponds and the longest herbaceous border in Ireland. Trees of course play a big role and the Araucaria walk was planted about 125 years ago. Many trees native to North America ,as well as a "Pepperpot" tower , are found in the Tower valley. The famous Waterfall, the highest in Ireland ,is also well worth a visit. This is definitely a place to see if you come to my country.
Tel: Dublin 204-6000
Fax: Dublin 204-6900
e-mail: gardens@powerscourt.ie


Mount Usher




While on the road to or from Powerscourt why not take in Mount Usher as well; the two gardens are only about 15 miles apart. Mount Usher Gardens are very special as they contain a famous collection of plants, gathered from all corners of the world. There is also a romantic garden planted in the tradition of William Robinson. Informal paths wander along the river Vartry, where areas of grass are planted with bulbs. The Euclyptus plantation is amazing with the characteristic bark always a scource of wonder;this area is the place I make for as my first stop. There are 20 acres of flowers, trees, shrubs and lawns laid out along the river Vartry, comprising of over 5000 different types of shrubs and plants. Throughout the garden there is much to interest the gardener. The harmony of colour, magnificent setting and landscaping should not be missed.


National Garden Exhibition.

Before we leave this part of Ireland to visit gardens in other counties it is well worth visiting the National garden exhibition.


This view shows part of the Water and woodland garden.


In recent years the increasing interest in all aspects of gardening led to the development of this centre. The design provides a leisure amenity, a place to stroll around and explore and equally a scource of ideas for garden and landscape design and plant materials. There are 17 different gardens to view. These are based on various themes and include low budget and maintenance , town , Rural Irish , Water and woodland, Seaside, Victorian, Knot, ultra modern , acid loving and others. At present tea rooms are being built and these will add yet another incentive to visit this lovely place.

These tea rooms are now completed and what a great job.The structural design is Japanese in style and as well as the tea rooms there is a large shop selling all types of horticultural wares....very tempting.


The time has come to leave the East coast and head south to Cork, my native city. In this County our first stop will be close to the city where we find

Lakemount




In this modern Irish garden there is a wide range of unusual trees and shrubs. The many features include paved areas, gravel gardens , always a favourite of mine, herbaceous garden and a plant house. In the spring Rhododendrons and Azaleas are a great attraction. Groups can arrange to visit here between April and September. The owner of this garden also writes a column in "Irish Gardens" commenting on gardening in the south of Ireland.



Back to Wicklow now to drop in at the Gardens and House of

KILLRUDDERY



Killruddery is unique in having the most extensive early formal gardens, still in their original style, surviving in Ireland; these were largely laid out in the 17th century and added to in the 19th century. The gardens at Killruddery are the oldest in Ireland and are amongst the most important of their type in these islands.
Formal Gardens

Looking south from the House the layout consists of twin canals with a round pond and fountain at the end of the garden. Beyond is a ha-ha dividing the gardens from the Park and an avenue of lime trees leading to a summit over half a mile from the House whence flows the water supply to the gardens.

Beech hedge pond.

The Angles to the left of the canals are a series of walks flanked by hornbeam , beech or lime hedges. On the opposite side is the Sylvan theatre which is laid out in the Classical style with a high bay hedge and terraced banks. There is no other such theatre of the 17th century know in Ireland . Close by is the Beech Hedge pond. The circular granite edged pond is 60 feet in diameter with a fountain of French design with children playing, in the centre.

For further information Phone the Administrator at; 01-2862727

A Seaside Garden.



I have been fortunate to visit many gardens but my all time favourite is the Seaside garden of Mary and Bob Walsh in West Cork. "Cois Cuain" is my idea of heaven situated by the sea, and blessed with a mild climate, this garden is filled with treasures. Mary is the plantswoman while Bob digs many a hole and hauls a fair share of rock! Their combined skills makes this garden a must when you visit Ireland.

This view taken from the front of the house shows just how close they are to the sea.

Blue Wave lace cap Hydrangeas blend beautifully with the seascape.

Keeping to the water theme, Bob's boat can be seen through the Dierama.
At the back of the house the garden is terraced and the variety of plants and planting scheme includes such features as the Gazania shown below.

You can arrange to visit this garden by contacting Bob & Mary Walsh,Cois Cuain,Kilcrohane,Bantry,Co.Cork. 353-(0)27-67070
email;marybobw@eircom.net.