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Airfield Gardens
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Greater Dublin
Upper Kilmacud Rd, Dundrum Dublin 14
South of Dublin city centre
Tel. 01 298 4301; booking: 01 298 4301
Updated Victorian garden around an 1820 house; ornamental walled garden; herbaceous flowers; laurel walk; woodland garden; medicinal garden; orchard; tea garden; yew walk; exotic shrub border; Victorian glasshouse; vegetable garden; farm animals; small car museum; picnic area; shop; cafe; arts and events program
Web: Airfield Gardens

Annes Grove Gardens
Cork
South-west
Castletownroche, on Fermoy/Mallow/Kilarney road
Tel. 022 26145
Old mill; rhododendrons; woodland garden; magnolias; limestone cliff paths; riverside walks and trails; picnic areas; parking
For more information and photos see our article: Annes Grove Gardens
Web: Annes Grove Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Randalstown Rd, Antrim
Tel. 028 9442 8000
17th century water gardens, a motte, a parterre, long canal, pond, and interpretive display in grounds of Antrim Castle.

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne Park and Garden
Fingal
Greater Dublin
Balbriggan
Tel. 0 1849 2212
Owned by Fingal council; 200 acre estate; walled garden, garden museum, potentilla collection of 300 varieties, rose garden, lily pond, herbaceous borders, glass house, walled garden, vegetables, lavender, shrubs, orchard; tearoom.

Ashbourne House and Gardens
Cork
South-west
Glounthaune, left at church, up hill and under bridge
Tel. 021 435 3319
Six acres with bog garden, yew walk, woodland garden, unusual trees; house is a hotel
Hillside Garden
Glounthaune, left at church, up hill, under bridge.

Aultareagh Cottage Garden
Cork
South-west
Dunmanaway, 4 miles north on R587
Tel. 023 55307
One acre hilltop garden with herb parterre, herbaceous borders, vegetable and fruit garden, willow arbour, pond garden, waterfall, woodland, picnic area, teas.

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Ballard Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Ballard Park, Ballinaclash, near Rathdrum
Tel. 0404 46251 for details
Four acres of roses, woodlands and water, ponds, trees; tea room.

Ballinlough Castle Gardens
Meath
Midlands East
Near Clonmellon, on N52
Tel. 046 943 3135
Open: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm.
Castle on hillside overlooking a lake; three acre walled garden with herbaceous and shrub borders, old fashioned roses, magnolias, fruit garden; landscaped grounds, water garden, lake walk; tearoom, plant sales, guided tours.

Ballintubber Garden
Laois
Midlands East
Ballintubber
Tel. 0 85 850 5876
14 acres formal landscaped around 1780 Georgian house; 1780s church and graveyard; Lutyens garden; Robinson meadows; Victorian secret garden; beech wood; Lyttle orchard; guided tours on weekends; tea-room in 1785 school; school; events; parking
Web: Ballintubber Garden

Ballydaheen Garden
Donegal
North-west
Portsalon, Letterkenny
Tel. 074 915 9091
Six acre clifftop garden by the sea with pine and native trees, Japanese style garden, tree ferns, stream garden with bridge, rose garden, vegetable garden, rhododendrons.

Ballynacourty Gardens
Limerick
Shannon
Ballysteen, off N69
Tel. 061 396409
Roses, laburnum; best in May and June.

Ballyorney House and Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Enniskerry
Tel. to view at 01 668 3791
Two acre garden.

Barnett Demesne
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Upper Malone Rd
Tel. 028 9068 1246
Daffodil garden, parkland, Malone House (restored Regency), terraces.

Bay Garden
Wexford
South-east
Camolin, Enniscorthy
On N11 road
Tel. 053 938 3349
Garden rooms include cottage garden (white garden, roses, flowers and shrubs), serpentine garden (beds, borders with perennials and specimen trees and shrubs), rose garden,hot border, funereal border, pool garden, woodland garden, barn garden; tea-room; plant sales
Web: The Bay Garden

Bellfield House Gardens
Offaly (South)
Shannon
1km north of village of Shinrone, near Birr
Tel. 0 505 47766
Georgian farmhouse and gardens with two acre walled garden with folly and Victorian glasshouse.

Belvedere House, Garden and Park
Westmeath
Midlands East
On the N52, three miles from Mullingar
Tel. 044 934 9060
18th century hunting lodge; exhibits in stables; upstairs/downstairs life in the castle; Victorian walled garden; folly monument; Italianate terrace; exotic trees and shrubs; greenhouse; fruit trees; herbaceous borders; knot garden; café; walking trails; family events; parking
Web: Belvedere House

Benvarden Garden
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Benvarden, Dervock, Ballymoney
B67 road south of Bushmills, on banks of river Bush
Tel. 028 2074 1331
Mature trees; two acre walled garden; lavender; roses; Italianate fountain; hydrangeas; kitchen garden; pleasure grounds; woodland pond with wild garden; rhododendrons, camellias, primulas, bluebells; small museum with old farm and garden implements; walk to river.

Birr Castle Demesne and Historic Science Centre
Offaly (South)
Shannon
Birr, reached by the N52
Tel. 0 5791 20336
Pergola garden; millennium gardens; over 1000 tree and shrub species; formal gardens; walks; lake; waterfall; river; Victorian fernery; magnolias in spring; animal and bird habitats; science centre with focus on astronomy, photography and engineering; café; shop; garden centre; parking; events
Web: Birr Castle

Botanic Gardens
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
College Park
Stranmillis Rd/Botanic Ave
take Belfast city bus 71,69.
Tel. 07767 271683 or 028 9031 4762
Palm House, greenhouses, herbaceous walkways, rose garden, rare oaks, shrubbery, tropical ravine, jungle glen, fishponds.

Boyce Gardens
Limerick
Shannon
Mountrenchard, Foynes
Tel. 069 65302.
One acre of garden rooms.

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Cappoquin House and Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Cappoquin, County Waterford
Tel. 058 54004
Four acre garden around an 18th century Georgian mansion (open to public) overlooking Blackwater river; raised beds, lawn, beech hedge, rhododendrons, azaleas, conservatory, iris, lavender, bamboo, pond, bog garden, rose garden.

Carraig Abhainn Gardens
Cork
South-west
Durrus
Tel. 027 61070
2.5 acres with mill stream and mature trees and shrubs surrounded by grass, bark, and gravel paths, four bridges; daffodils, tulips, azaleas, rhododendrons, cherry blossoms, herbaceous blooms, roses, and much more
Web: : Carraig Abhainn Gardens

Charleville House and Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Enniskerry
Tel. to view at 01 6624455
Garden.

Coolcarrigan House and Gardens
Kildare
Midlands East
Between Maynooth and Naas
Tel. 045 863527
14 acre gardens and arboretum; spring bulbs, azaleas; rhododendrons; camellias; autumn colours; rockery; greenhouse; lawns; herbaceous border; dahlias
Web: Coolcarrigan

Creagh Gardens
Cork
South-west
Skibbereen, 3.5 miles south on Baltimore Road
Tel. 028 22121
Informal gardens in grounds of former demesne; 1820 house; azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias; ruins of mill house.

Crookstown Mill
Kildare
Midlands East
Ballitore
Tel. 059 8623222
Restored cornmill, museum, tearoom, craft shop.

Curraghmore House and Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Three miles from Portlaw, County Waterford
Tel. 051387102

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Derreen Garden
Kerry (South)
South-west
Off Castletownbere-Kenmare road
Lauragh, Kilarney
Tel. 064 83588
400 acres of shrubs, trees, paths dating from Edwardian days; rhododenrons, island with tree ferns.

Derreen Gardens
Kerry (South)
South-west
Lauragh, near Kenmare, on the R571
Tel. 0 64 83588
Subtropical woodland garden surrounded by wild countryside; rhododendrons; azaleas; eucalyptus; bamboo groves; picnic areas.

Derrynane House and National Historic Park
Kerry (South)
South-west
Caherdaniel
Tel. 066 947 5113.
320-acre park; museum; 1825 house; woodland; garden with collection of South American plants; coffee shop; car park; self-guided trail.

Dillon Garden
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
45 Sandford Rd, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
(south of city centre)
Tel. 01 497 1308
Plant garden that evolves each year; features a 30 ft canal with cascades; salvias; grasses; snowdrops;dahlias; birches; ferns; garden rooms; special events; pet farm for children; vintage car museum; café; from city centre bus 44, 46a, 48a
Web: Dillon Garden

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Emo Court House and Gardens
Laois
Midlands East
Emo, off the N7 Kildare-Portlaoise road
Tel. 0 57 862 6573
Neo-classical style house designed in 1790; gardens and parkland date from 1700s with formal lawns, lake; woodland walks; car park.

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Farmleigh Gardens
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Tel. 0 1 815 5900
Pleasure gardens in 78 acre estate; once the home of the Guinness family; lake; walled garden; large fountain; 200-year-old beech tree, cooper beech and lime trees; Japanese garden; Dutch style sunken garden; boathouse; dairy; 1880 clock tower used as water tower; classical concerts in grounds in July; restaurant; parking July-mid Nov, Thu-Sun, 10am-5pm but phone for confirmation.

Fernhill Gardens
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Greater Dublin
Fernhill
Sandyford, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 295 6000
40 acres of historic garden and trails on mountainside; giant wellingtonias, rhododendrons, camellias, stream garden, rockery, bulbs, primula, hellebores, tree ferns, kitchen garden, herbaceous borders.

Ferrybank Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Waterford on N25, just past Jury Hotel
Tel. 051 851558
Large historic garden with unusual plants, water garden, woodland.

Festina Lente Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Old Connaught Ave, Bray
Tel. 01 2272 0704
2.5 acre walled garden from Victorian times; contains kitchen garden, pool and ornamental garden; original walls; herbaceous border with unusual plants; fruit trees; shop; garden centre; drinks and snacks.

Fota House, Wildlife Park and Gardens
Cork
South-west
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill
off N25 Cork-Waterford road, Cobh exit
Tel. 353 21 481 5543
Regency style house and arboretum and gardens in 780 acres; 1000 species of trees and shrubs; orangery; magnolias; rhododendrons; roses; orangery; Italian walled gardens; fernery; multi media programs; shop; tearoom; parking; picnic area.

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Gash Gardens
Laois
Midlands East
Gash, Castletown
Tel. 057 873 2247
Four acre garden with grotto, waterfall, lily pond, herbaceous and alpine plants, stream garden, hydrangeas, old fashioned roses, geranium collection.

Gillighan’s World Gardens
Sligo
North-west
Colooney, in countryside
Tel. NA
Legendary hill of the fairies; botanical gardens with miniature model villages, streams and glades; “faerie fort”; wild life pond; shop; tea-room; parking.

Glanleam Gardens
Kerry (South)
South-west
Valencia (Valentia) Island (reached by car ferry or bridge)
Tel. 066 947 6176
40 acres, planted in 19th century, on an island; exotic woodland garden, bamboo, tree ferns, camellias, bluebells, walks through the woods, streams.

Glebe Gardens
Cork
South-west
The Glebe, Baltimore
Tel. 028 20232
Five acre seaside organic garden; vegetables, herbs used in adjoining café; flowering plants, roses, lilies, olive tree, walk to meadow

Glebelands and Glebewood Gardens
Meath
Midlands East
Ratoath, opposite church on road to Swords.
Tel. 01 8256015 or 01 8256219.
Two houses and two gardens.

Glengarriff Bamboo Park
Cork
South-west
Glengarriff
Tel. 027 63007; ticket office 027 63975
Modern interpretation of historic garden; 30 species of bamboo; palms; tree ferns; hydrangeas; eucalyptus; cosmos; other tropicals; pathways and views to harbour and island; tea-room; shop; parking
Web: Bamboo Park

Glenleigh Gardens
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Clogheen, on the R665
Tel. 0 52 62251
Phone in advance
Informal 12 acre garden with views of Knockmealdown mountains; stream garden; lawns; light woodland; parking.

Glenveagh National Park, Castle and Gardens
Donegal
North-west
Near Churchill
Shuttle bus from visitor centre to castle and gardens
Tel. 074 9137090 or 074 9137262
AV presentation; castle by 45 minute guided tour; gardens, dating from 1885 added to in last of 20th century; woodland, pleasure grounds, rhododendrons; herbaceous border, vegetable garden, fountain, gothic orangery, Italian garden, azaleas, rhododendrons, exhibition, restaurant and tearooms.

Glin Castle and Pleasure Grounds
Limerick
Shannon
Glin
Tel. 068 34173
Two century old garden now restored; walled garden, gothic hermitage folly, woodland, terrace, lawn, flowering shrubs, magnolias, hydrangeas, daffodils, bluebells, tree ferns, bamboo, kitchen garden, yews; 1780 house with plasterwork is hotel with rooms to stay between March-Nov.

Grove Gardens and Tropical Bird Sanctuary
Meath
Midlands East
Fordstown, Navan; halfway between Kells and Athboy on the R164
Tel. 0 46 943 4276
Phone for details
Informal four acre young garden; only clematis garden in Ireland with over 300 varieties; alpine beds; rose garden with 400 French, English, and modern roses; cedar garden; exotic and rare breed tropical birds; tea-room; picnic area; garden centre; shop; parking.

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Hamwood House and Gardens
Meath
Midlands East
Dunboyne, on Maynooth road
Tel. 01 825 5210.
Palladian house with gardens.

Heywood Gardens
Laois
Midlands East
Ballinakill
Tel. 0 57 873 3563
18th century landscaped estate; garden completed 1912; house no longer exists; garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens; lakes, woodland, pool garden, loggia, lily pond, fountain, pleached limes, terrace, yews, gothic follies; car park.

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Ilnacullin (Garinish Island) Gardens
Cork
South-west
Glengarriff
Take ferry from Glengarriff to reach the gardens
Tel. 353 27 63040 (027 63040)
An island garden with four main areas: Italian style with pool and bonsai trees, cypress and yew; grass area with shrubs and trees, martello tower and Grecian temple, rhododendrons, lily pool, bog garden; walled garden with herbaceous border, rose garden and clock tower; pavilion garden with wisteria and lawn.

Irish National Stud and Gardens
Kildare
Midlands East
Tully
Tel. 045 521 617 or 045 522 963
Tours of stud farm; horse museum tells story of horse racing; St Fiachra monastic garden based on spirituality of 6-7th century monasteries using water and rock; subterranean garden lit by fibre optics; gardens in woodlands, wetlands, lakes and islands setting; Japanese gardens created early 1900s; shop; parking; self service restaurant with light meals; picnic tables in car park
Web: Irish National Stud

Iveagh Gardens
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Clonmel St, (behind Newman House)
Tel. 0 1475 7816
Dublin garden designed by Ninian Niven in 1865; grotto, cascade, sunken formal lawn, fountain; wilderness woodlands; maze; roses; American garden; archery grounds; rockeries and rooteries; style is between French Formal and English Landscape; free of charge.

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JF Kennedy Arboretum
Wexford
South-east
New Ross, off Duncannon road 12 km south of New Ross
Tel. 051 388171
623 acres with 4500 types of trees and shrubs; 200 forest plots grouped by continent; road leads to summit views; visitor centre; AV presentation; exhibitions; tea-room; car park; picnic area; play area; signposted walks.

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Kells Bay House & Gardens
Kerry (South)
South-west
South Kerry
on the Ring of Kerry, off N70 road
Tel. 353 (0)66 947 7975
112 feet long Skywalk rope bridge, 36 feet high over Delligeenagh River; walking paths; estate has rare southern hemisphere plants, waterfall, tree sculptures, bamboo gardens; restaurant; guest house; plant nursery
Web: Kells Bay

Killruddery House and Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Bray
Tel. 01 286 3405
Elizabethan revival mansion; 300 year old baroque garden; water features include pond and fountains; statues; orangery; lime avenue
Web: Killruddery House and Gardens

Kilmacurragh Botanic Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
5km off N11 south of Rathnew; 9.5km from Rathdrum
Tel. 0 404 48844
Arboretum famous for conifers and calcifuges; planted in 19th century; car park; free of charge.

Kilmokea Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Great Island, Campile, off R733 from New Ross
Tel. 051 388109
Seven acres of heritage gardens include formal walled gardens, pool, woodlands, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, roses, Italian loggia garden, and herbaceous borders; 130 species of shrubs and trees; peacocks in ground; tea-room, shop; Georgian house is B and B

Knappogue Castle Walled Garden
Clare
Shannon
Quin
Tel. 0 61 360788

Knockabbey Castle and Gardens
Louth
Midlands East
Louth village
Tel. 0 1 677 8816
Historic 11th century water gardens, now restored; specimin trees and tulip tree; historic gardener's cottage is visitor centre; fern house; herbaceous border; wildflower meadow; 14th century tower house; parking; no food except for groups by prior arrangement.

Knockanree Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Avoca, on Redcross Road
Tel. 0402 35628
Prize winning gardens of 3.5 acres.

Knockmore Garden
Wicklow
Midlands East
Enniskerry, one mile from the town
Tel. 01 286 7336
Small Palladian house with pillared portico; three acre, steep stone terraced garden; water garden; Victorian dog cemetery; woodland walks; kitchen garden; canal; old roses; herbaceous borders; wild garden; parking.

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Larchill Arcadian Gardens
Kildare
Midlands East
Kilcock
Tel. 0 1 628 7354
Gothic and classical follies in 18th century parkland; lake; rare breeds; farm shop; tea-room.

Leslie Hill Open Farm and Gardens
Antrim
Northern Ireland
A26, west of Ballymoney, road toward Macfin
Tel. 028 2766 6803
Large collection of horse drawn vehicles; rare breeds, red deer, other farm animals; rides; pick your own fruit garden; shop, tearoom.

Lismore Castle Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Lismore
Tel. 058 54424
Historic garden; upper garden is 17th century; lower garden is 19th century; 17th century castle walls form upper garden walls; orchards; bluebells; 17th century yew walk; formal beds; pleasure ground with flowering shrubs; magnolias; azaleas; cherries; camellias; rhododendrons; herbaceous, rose, and lavender borders; greenhouses; contemporary sculptures; parking
Web: Lismore Castle Gardens

Lisselan Estate Gardens
Cork
South-west
Ballinascarthy, Clonakilty
Tel. 023 33249
Riverside garden of 30 acres; rhododendrons; woodlands; shrubs; paths; bridges; water lily pond; waterfall; rockery; daffodils; azaleas; roses; rhododendrons; shrubs; fuschia garden with over 30 species; kitchen garden; orchard; duck pond; vintage Henry Ford vehicles; parking.

Listoke Gardens
Louth
Midlands East
Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda
Tel. 041 983 2265
Six acre restored Edwardian garden, walled garden, herbaceous borders, woodland walks, green house, mixed borders, arboretum, roses, trees, grasses, laburnum walk, lilies, daisies, daffodils, bluebells, kitchen garden, wild garden.

Lodge Park Walled Garden
Kildare
Midlands East
Straffan
Tel. 0 1 627 3155 or 0 1 628 8412
Garden in 18th century Palladian house grounds; garden rooms (white, silver, salad, etc) with beech hedges; herbaceous border, old roses, kitchen garden, apple trees; steam engine museum; tea-room, shop; plant sales.

Loughcrew Historic Gardens
Meath
Midlands East
Loughcrew, Oldcastle
Tel. 049 854 1356
Estate with six acres of 17th and 19th century gardens revived in 20th century; herbaceous borders; delphiniums; rare green-flowered helibores; yew walk; walled garden; lawns; terraces; waterfall; follies; church ruins; passage tombs over 5000 years old; walks; sculptures; light meals; shop; bed and breakfast accommodation
Web Loughcrew Historic Gardens

Lyons Gardens
Kildare
Midlands East
Hazelhatch, Celbridge
Tel. 01 6277000
Open: entrance on left after UCD research farm, press gate intercom.

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Maherintemple Garden
Antrim
Northern Ireland
51 Churchfield Rd
Ballycastle
Tel. 028 2076 2234
Walled garden with water features; bog garden, lawn, woodland garden, rock garden, fruit trees, plant collection includes clematis, salvia, lilies, primula, vegetables.

Malahide Castle Gardens
Fingal
Greater Dublin
Malahide Castle Demense
Malahide, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 846 3779
20th century gardens with shrubbery and a walled garden in castle grounds; castle home of Talbot family for 800 years, tours of castle; collection of Irish portrait paintings and furniture; great hall; oak room; tea-room, restaurant, shop; also home of Fry Model Railway; parking.

Millhouse Gardens
Louth
Midlands East
Channonrock, Inniskeen Rd, Dundalk
Tel. 041 937 4354
Phone for information
One acre riverside garden; trees; shrubs; herbaceious plants; cottage garden.

Mount Usher Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Ashford
Tel. 0 404 40205
20 acres of over 5000 natural plantings along river banks; woodland; trees and shrubs; maple walk; bulbs and magnolias in spring; 150 species of rhododendrons, azaleas in summer; Japanese maple and golden larch in autumn; tea-room, shop, parking
Web: Mount Usher Gardens

Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Wind
Down
Northern Ireland
Portaferry Rd, Newtownards
Tel. 028 4278 8387
National Trust. Neo-classical house; 80 acres of gardens and 78 acres of grounds; famous outdoor room gardens are formal; specimen trees, Italian garden, Spanish garden, terrace with stone carvings, sunken garden, shamrock garden, lakeside gardens, rare plants, woodland, lilies, poppies, rhododendron glades, temple of the winds; allow a full day to visit; restaurant; parking.

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National Botanic Gardens
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
3.5km north from centre of Dublin, off Botanic Road
Tel. gardens: 01 857 0909; visitor centre: 01 804 0300
Plant collection of 20,000 species; rose garden; rockery; vegetable garden; herbaceous plants; arboretum; shrubs; glasshouses; restaurant; education and visitor centre; parking.

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Organic Centre
Leitrim
North-west
Rossinver
Tel. 071 98 54338
Provides public education, training and information about organic growing and sustainable living; animals, farming courses, demonstration gardens; 19 acres; herb and orchard areas; flowerbeds; native woodland, butterfly hedge; wildlife ponds; organic vegetarian café; eco-shop, seed sales
Web: Organic Centre

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Portumna Castle Gardens
Galway
West
Portumna, enter from Abbey St or Castle Ave
Tel. 0 90 974 1658
17th century formal Renaissance style gardens in grounds of house gutted by fire; only surviving example of house courts and gardens from early 17th century Ireland; trees; shrubs; box hedges; roses; walled kitchen garden; when first developed they had formal walks, arbours, parterres, hedges, fountains, cascades, columns, statues, lawns, and grottoes; exhibitions; car park.

Powerscourt House and Gardens, and Waterfall
Wicklow
Midlands East
Enninskerry
Tel. 01 204 6000
Gardens date from mid 1700s; Italianate style terraces; stone staircase; statuary walk; pool; lake; woodland walk with rhododendrons; Japanese bridge; pool, acers; specimin trees; dolphin pond; herbaceous borders; pet cemetery; house—gutted by fire so only shell remains except for reception hall; exhibition; shops; rural history exhibition; restaurant; Ireland’s highest waterfall is 1˝ miles south of the house; bus service from Enniskerry; parking; allow minimum of half day
Web: Powerscourt

Primrose Hill Garden
South Dublin
Greater Dublin
Primrose Lane, Lucan
Tel. 0 1 628 0373
Regency villa surrounded by traditional Irish garden; colour schemes; snowdrops; irises; cyclamen; phloxes; crocosmias; lobelias; mature trees; beech tree avenue.

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Ram House Gardens
Wexford
South-east
Coolgreany by Gorey
Tel. 0402 37238 or 0402 32006
Two acres surrounding a cottage; scented garden, courtyard garden with old roses, pool garden, shade garden, pergola garden, terraces, woodland with stream and pools, borders, over 50 varieties of clematis.

Rathwood House, Gift and Garden World
Carlow
South-east
Tullow, on R725.
Tel. 059 9156285.
Garden centre, furniture, home baking, lunches.

Redcot Garden
Antrim
Northern Ireland
35 Kings Rd, Belfast
Tel. 028 9079 6614
Town garden of 2.5 acres with diverse plants; herbaceous borders, wild garden, woodland, dell, fernery, lilies, primulas, tree ferns, shrubs, 100 year old trees, rhododendrons, bulbs, grasses, wisteria pergola, banana tree; plant sales.

Rockfield House and Gardens
Westmeath
Midlands East
Rathowen
Tel. 043 76024 or 087 9693055.
Crafts and organic food at old mill; Georgian house, garden and woods, animals.

Rowallane Garden
Down
Northern Ireland
Saintfield, Ballynahinch
Tel. 028 9751 0131
National Trust of Northern Ireland property and headquarters; 52 acre demesne; informal garden of trees, magnolias, and ornamental shrubs with plants from around world; acers, handkerchief trees, rock garden, walled garden, wildflower meadows, rhododendrons, azaleas, crocus, National Penstemon Collection in walled garden; tea-room

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Salthill Walled Garden
Donegal
North-west
Salthill, Mount Charles
Tel. 074 973 5387
100 year old walls; greenhouse; perennials; vegetables; shrubs; roses; hydrangeas; parking.

Seaforde Gardens and Butterfly House
Down
Northern Ireland
Downpatrick, south of Belfast
on main Newcastle road
Tel. 028 4481 1225
Five acre walled gardens; nursery with trees and shrubs for sale; maze with arbor,; National Collection of Eucryphias with over 20 varieties; rare shrubs; 19th century specimin trees and shrubs; rhododendrons, azaleas, daffodils, snowdrops, bluebells; walks; tropical butterfly house; tea-room (closed Thu and Fri); parking
Web: Seaforde Gardens and Butterfly House

Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum
Roscommon
West
Strokestown
Tel. 071 963 3013
4 acre pleasure garden; gazebo; restored walled gardens; croquet lawn; lawn tennis court; summer house; ornamental lily pond; herbaceous border; rose garden; pergola; wildflower garden; fernery; tulip, palm and yew trees; Georgian fruit and vegetable garden with glass houses; 18th century house tour; Famine Museum; restaurant; shop; plant sales; parking
Web: Strokestown Park House

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Timoleague Franciscan Abbey and Castle Gardens
Cork
South-west
Timoleague, at head of sea inlet
Tel. 021 4273251 or 023 46116
1312 ruined Franciscan abbey and castle; lived-in country house, lawns, terraces, borders, walled garden, church.

Tourin House and Gardens
Waterford
South-east
Three miles south of Cappoquin
Tel. 058 54405
17th century estate, plants, trees, shrubs.

Tullynally Castle Gardens
Westmeath
Midlands East
Tullynally, near Castlepollard
Tel. 044 61159
One of Ireland’s largest family homes; 12 hectares of lawns and gardens; 18th century parkland; early 19th century walled gardens; grotto; Chinese garden; pagoda; waterfalls; streams; pools; flower borders; 200 year old Irish yews; lake; ferns; periwinkles; laurels; lilies; kitchen garden; flower garden with jasmine and old rambler roses; japonica; clematis; Japanese maples; summer house; river walk; tea-room; craft shop; parking
Web: Tullynally Castle

Turtulla Garden
Tipperary (North)
Shannon
Left side of N62 from Thurles
Tel. 0 504 21839
One acre garden with trees, shrubs, roses and herbaceous perennials; 30 varieties of daffodils in the spring.

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Vandeleur Walled Garden
Clare
Shannon
Kilrush
Tel. 065 905 1760
Restored walled garden in 420 acres of woodland with lawns and informal beds, plants from South Africa and others; water features, maze, tree collection, woodland trails, visitor centre, restaurant, shop.

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Warble Bank Garden
Wicklow
Midlands East
Newtownmountkennedy
Tel. 01 281 9298
Cottage style garden; trees, shrubs, grasses, lawns; borders, clematis, geraniums, salvias, asters, sedum, rose pergola, iris, kitchen garden, daffodils, snowdrops, crocus.

West Limerick Celtic Park and Gardens
Limerick
Shannon
Kilcornan, on N69 near Adare
Tel. 061 394243
12 authentic re-created features: burial tomb, ring fort; rose gardens.

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum
Kilkenny
South-east
Inistioge
Tel. 056 775 2699
Flower terraces, winter garden, walks, rare trees, ruins of Woodstock house.

Wrens Wood Gardens
Wicklow
Midlands East
Kiltimon, near Ashford
Tel. 01 2810274 for details.
Prize winning gardens, terraces, lawns, topiary, woodland.

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