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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
Open: closed until 2013 for renovations usually open Tue-Sun, 10am-5pm; BH, 11am-5pm
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

Altamont House and Gardens
Nine km from Tullow; signposted on N80 and N81
Tel. 059 915 9444
Open: daily, 9.30am-7pm, phone to confirm
100 acre estate with both formal and informal gardens; lake area; wild garden; ice age glen with 500 year old oaks; conifer collection; riverside walk; yews; rhododendrons; rare trees; roses; herbaceous plants; arboretum; bog garden; 40 varieties of snowdrops; hundreds of daffodil varieties; plant sales; parking
Web: Altamont House and Garden

Annes Grove Gardens
Castletownroche, on Fermoy/Mallow/Kilarney road
Tel. 022 26145
Open: by appointment only
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
Northern Ireland
Randalstown Rd, Antrim
Tel. 028 9442 8000
Open: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-9.30pm, on Sat from 10am-5pm; also open Sundays from 2-5pm in July and Aug.
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
Greater Dublin
Tel. 0 1849 2212
Open: April-Sep, Tue-Sun, and PH, 11am-6pm; Oct-March, Tue-Sun, and PH, 11am-4:30pm; in July and Aug open daily; park and garden, open daily 10am-6pm year round.
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
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
Dunmanaway, 4 miles north on R587
Tel. 023 55307
Open: May-Aug, 10am-6pm and by appointment
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
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
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
Midlands East
Tel. 0 85 850 5876
Open: daily, May-end Oct, 10am-6pm
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
Portsalon, Letterkenny
Tel. 074 915 9091
Open: mid April-mid May, late May-late Aug, Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm
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
Ballysteen, off N69
Tel. 061 396409
Roses, laburnum; best in May and June

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

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

Bay Garden
Camolin, Enniscorthy
On N11 road
Tel. 053 938 3349
Open: May-Sep, Sun, 2-5pm; June-Aug, Fri and Sun, 2-5pm; groups by appt at other times
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

Beaulieu House and Garden
Midlands East
Near Drogheda; take the Baltray Road
Tel. 041 983 8557
Open: May-mid Sep, Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm; also in July and Aug, 1-5pm, weekends
Unfortified 1666 house (tours); walled garden; herbaceous borders; Victorian knot garden; summer house; fruits and vegetables; conservatory; church; river walks; duck ponds; car museum with historic racing and rally cars
Web: Beaulieu House and Garden

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

Belvedere House, Garden and Park
Midlands East
On the N52, three miles from Mullingar
Tel. 044 934 9060
Open: March, April, Sep, Oct, daily, 9.30am-7pm; May-Aug, 9.30am-8pm; Nov-Feb, 9.30am-4.30pm
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
Northern Ireland
Benvarden, Dervock, Ballymoney
B67 road south of Bushmills, on banks of river Bush
Tel. 028 2074 1331
Open: June-Aug, Tue-Sun and BH Mon, noon-5pm
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)
Birr, reached by the N52
Tel. 0 5791 20336
Open: : mid March-end Oct, daily, 9am-6pm; Nov-mid March, daily, 10am-4pm
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
Northern Ireland
College Park
Stranmillis Rd/Botanic Ave
take Belfast city bus 71,69.
Tel. 07767 271683 or 028 9031 4762
Open: mid April-mid Aug, closes 9pm; ravine and palm house open April-Sep, 1-5pm, Oct-March 1-4pm; phone for full details
Palm House, greenhouses, herbaceous walkways, rose garden, rare oaks, shrubbery, tropical ravine, jungle glen, fishponds.

Boyce Gardens
Mountrenchard, Foynes
Tel. 069 65302.
Open: daily from May-end Oct, 10am-6pm
One acre of garden rooms

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Cappoquin House and Gardens
Cappoquin, County Waterford
Tel. 058 54004
Open: April-July, Mon-Sat, 9am-1pm but closed Sun and PH
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
Tel. 027 61070
Open: March-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm, Sun by appt only
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
Midlands East
Tel. to view at 01 6624455

Coolcarrigan House and Gardens
Midlands East
Between Maynooth and Naas
Tel. 045 863527
Email: Coolcarrigan
Open: garden open by appointment April, May, July-Oct, 9am-1pm, on special days during these months as listed on website
14 acre gardens and arboretum; spring bulbs, azaleas; rhododendrons; camellias; autumn colours; rockery; greenhouse; lawns; herbaceous border; dahlias
Web: Coolcarrigan

Creagh Gardens
Skibbereen, 3.5 miles south on Baltimore Road
Tel. 028 22121
Open: daily, year round
Informal gardens in grounds of former demesne; 1820 house; azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias; ruins of mill house.

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

Curraghmore House and Gardens
Three miles from Portlaw, County Waterford
Tel. 051387102
Open: by guided tour, Jan, Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm, May and June, Mon-Sat 9am-1pm; grounds open from Easter to mid Oct, 2-5pm on Thu and BH.

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Derreen Garden
Kerry (South)
Off Castletownbere-Kenmare road
Lauragh, Kilarney
Tel. 064 83588
Open: April-Oct, daily 10am-6pm except in Aug Fri-Sun only
400 acres of shrubs, trees, paths dating from Edwardian days; rhododenrons, island with tree ferns

Derreen Gardens
Kerry (South)
Lauragh, near Kenmare, on the R571
Tel. 0 64 83588
Open: April-Oct, daily, 10am-6pm, except closed Mon-Thu in Aug
Subtropical woodland garden surrounded by wild countryside; rhododendrons; azaleas; eucalyptus; bamboo groves; picnic areas

Derrynane House and National Historic Park
Kerry (South)
Tel. 066 947 5113.
Open: April, Oct, Tue-Sun, 1-5pm; Nov-March, Sat and Sun only 1-5pm; May-Sep, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
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
Open: March, July, Aug, 2-6pm, daily; April, May, June, Sep, 2-6pm, Sun only
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
Midlands East
Emo, off the N7 Kildare-Portlaoise road
Tel. 0 57 862 6573
Open: house: mid June-mid Sep, Tue-Sun, noon-6.30pm, by guided tour only; gardens: year round, daily, daylight hours
Neo-classical style house designed in 1790; gardens and parkland date from 1700s with formal lawns, lake; woodland walks; car park

Enniscoe House and Gardens
Enniscoe, Castlehill, Ballina
Tel. 096 31112
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat and Sun, 2-6pm
Victorian walled garden; organic garden; 19th century pleasure grounds in grounds of guest house; plant sales; parking
Web: Enniscoe House and Gardens

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Farmleigh Gardens
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Phoenix Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Tel. 0 1 815 5900
Open: grounds: March-mid Dec, Thu-Sun, 10am-5pm
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
Web: Farmleigh Gardens

Fernhill Gardens
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Greater Dublin
Sandyford, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 295 6000
Open: all year, Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm, on Sun from 2-6pm.
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 on N25, just past Jury Hotel
Tel. 051 851558
Large historic garden with unusual plants, water garden, woodland

Festina Lente Gardens
Midlands East
Old Connaught Ave, Bray
Tel. 01 2272 0704
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun 11am-6pm
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
Fota Island, Carrigtwohill
off N25 Cork-Waterford road, Cobh exit
Tel. 353 21 481 5543
Open: house open mid March-end Dec, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm (last admission time); Oct-March, Mon-Sun and BH, 11am-4pm; arboretum open April-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun, 11am-6pm; Nov-March Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 11am-5pm
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
Midlands East
Gash, Castletown
Tel. 057 873 2247
Open: May-Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm
Four acre garden with grotto, waterfall, lily pond, herbaceous and alpine plants, stream garden, hydrangeas, old fashioned roses, geranium collection

Gillighan’s World Gardens
Colooney, in countryside
Tel. NA
Open: May, Fri, Sat, Sun, noon-6pm; June-end Aug, 11am-6pm; also open Bank Holidays
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)
Valencia (Valentia) Island (reached by car ferry or bridge)
Tel. 066 947 6176
Open: April-Oct, 10am-7pm.
40 acres, planted in 19th century, on an island; exotic woodland garden, bamboo, tree ferns, camellias, bluebells, walks through the woods, streams.

Glebe Gardens
The Glebe, Baltimore
Tel. 028 20232
Open: 10am-6pm; Fri-Sun in May and Sep; Wed-Sun, June-Aug
Five acre seaside organic garden; vegetables, herbs used in adjoining café; flowering plants, roses, lilies, olive tree, walk to meadow
Web: Glebe Gardens

Glebelands and Glebewood Gardens
Midlands East
Ratoath, opposite church on road to Swords.
Tel. 01 8256015 or 01 8256219.
Open: Guided tours by appointment only, 2.30pm-4pm.
Two houses and two gardens.

Glengarriff Bamboo Park
Tel. 027 63007; ticket office 027 63975
Open: all year, daily, 9am-7pm
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)
Clogheen, on the R665
Tel. 0 52 62251
Open: phone in advance
Informal 12 acre garden with views of Knockmealdown mountains; stream garden; lawns; light woodland; parking

Glenveagh National Park, Castle and Gardens
Near Churchill
Shuttle bus from visitor centre to castle and gardens
Tel. 074 9137090 or 074 9137262
Open: 10am-6.30pm, March-end Oct
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
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
Midlands East
Fordstown, Navan; halfway between Kells and Athboy on the R164
Tel. 0 46 943 4276
Open: 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
Midlands East
Dunboyne, on Maynooth road
Tel. 01 825 5210.
Open May-end Sep, Mon-Fri and 3rd Sat and Sun of each month from 2-6pm.
Palladian house with gardens.

Heywood Gardens
Midlands East
Tel. 0 57 873 3563
Open: daily, Oct-March, daily, 8.30am-5.30pm; April and Sep, daily, 8.30am-7pm; May-Aug, 8.30am-9pm
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
Take ferry from Glengarriff to reach the gardens
Tel. 353 27 63040 (027 63040)
Open: March and Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-4.30pm, Sun 1-5pm; April-June and Sep, until 6.30pm and Sun from 11am-6.30pm; July and Aug Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6.30pm, Sun, 11am-6.30pm
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
Midlands East
Tel. 045 521 617 or 045 522 963
Open: Feb-Christmas, daily, 9.30am-5pm
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
Open: Mon-Sat, 8am-dusk; Sun, 10am-dusk
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
New Ross, off Duncannon road 12 km south of New Ross
Tel. 051 388171
Open: Oct-March, daily, 10am-5pm; April and Sep, daily, 10am-6.30pm ; May-Aug, daily, 10am-8pm
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 Kerry
on the Ring of Kerry, off N70 road
Tel. 353 (0)66 947 7975
Open: 9am-dusk, year round
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
Midlands East
Tel. 01 286 3405
Open: garden, April, weekends, 1-5pm; May-end Sep, daily, 1-5pm; house, May, June, and Sep, 1-5pm
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
Midlands East
5km off N11 south of Rathnew; 9.5km from Rathdrum
Tel. 0 404 48844
Open: year round; Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm; Sun, 11am-6pm
Arboretum famous for conifers and calcifuges; planted in 19th century; car park; free of charge

Kilmokea Gardens
Great Island, Campile, off R733 from New Ross
Tel. 051 388109
Open: mid-March-end Oct, daily, 10am-6pm
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
Web: Kilmokea Gardens

Kilravock Gardens
Durrus, overlooking Dunmanus Bay, on Kilchrohane road
Tel. 027 61111
Open: May-Sep except last 2 weeks June, noon-5pm, daily; phone to confirm
Terraced two acres; hostas; sorbus; oriental area; southern hemisphere plants
Web: Kilravock Gardens

Knappogue Castle Walled Garden
Tel. 0 61 360788
Open: April-Oct, 9.30am-5.30pm

Knockabbey Castle and Gardens
Midlands East
Louth village
Tel. 0 1 677 8816
Open: May and Sep, Sat and Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm; June-Aug, Tue-Sun, and BH-Tours,10.30am-5.30pm
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
Midlands East
Avoca, on Redcross Road
Tel. 0402 35628
Open: by appointment only
Prize winning gardens of 3.5 acres

Knockmore Garden
Midlands East
Enniskerry, one mile from the town
Tel. 01 286 7336
Open: groups only by appointment
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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Lakemount Gardens
Barnavara Hill, Glanmire
Tel. 021 4821052
Open: by appointment; wheelchair friendly
Two acre hilltop garden with pond garden, terrace, cottage garden, gravel garden, water lilies, hydrangeas, azaleas, beech walk, old apple orchard, rhododendrons, nerines, grasses, pool, raised beds, conservatory, plant collection
Web: Lakemount Gardens

Larchill Arcadian Gardens
Midlands East
Tel. 0 1 628 7354
Open: June-Aug, daily, noon-6pm; May and Sep, weekends only
Gothic and classical follies in 18th century parkland; lake; rare breeds; farm shop; tea-room

Leslie Hill Open Farm and Gardens
Northern Ireland
A26, west of Ballymoney, road toward Macfin
Tel. 028 2766 6803
Open: Easter-end May, Sun and BH Mon, 2-6pm; June, Sat-Sun, 2-6pm; July and Aug, Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm, on Sun from 2-6pm.
Large collection of horse drawn vehicles; rare breeds, red deer, other farm animals; rides; pick your own fruit garden; shop, tearoom.

Lismore Castle Gardens
Tel. 058 54424
Open: gardens, mid March-end Sep, daily, 11am-4.45pm; castle not open
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

Lisnavagh House and Gardens
Tel. 059 91 61104
Open: house for hire by groups only, gives garden access, phone to arrange
Gothic revival mansion on 1000 acre estate; 14 acres of pleasure grounds; walled garden; mixed borders; rock gardens; woodland walks; yews; oaks; chestnuts; limes; snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells; rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias; embothriums; unusual shrubs; peacocks
Web: Lisnavagh Gardens

Lisselan Estate Gardens
Ballinascarthy, Clonakilty
Tel. 023 33249
Open: Jan,Feb, Nov, Dec, daily, 8am-5pm; March-April, and Oct, daily, 8am-6pm; May and Sep, daily 8am-8pm; June-Aug, daily, 8am-9pm; last entry one hour before closing
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
Midlands East
Ballymakenny Rd, Drogheda
Tel. 041 983 2265
Open: March-Oct, weekends and week evenings, also by appointment
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
Midlands East
Tel. 0 1 627 3155 or 0 1 628 8412
Open: June-Aug, Wed-Sun and BH, 2-6pm; May and Sep by appointment
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
Midlands East
Loughcrew, Oldcastle
Tel. 049 854 1356
Open: mid March-end Sep, daily, 12.30-5pm; Oct-mid March, Sun and BH only 1-4pm
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
Midlands East
Hazelhatch, Celbridge
Tel. 01 6277000
Open: entrance on left after UCD research farm, press gate intercom.

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Maherintemple Garden
Northern Ireland
51 Churchfield Rd
Tel. 028 2076 2234
Open: May-Aug, by appointment
Walled garden with water features; bog garden, lawn, woodland garden, rock garden, fruit trees, plant collection includes clematis, salvia, lilies, primula, vegetables

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

Mount Usher Gardens
Midlands East
Tel. 0 404 40205
Open: 3rd week April-end Oct, 10.30am-6pm; café May-Oct daily
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 Congreve Garden and Nursery
Tel. 051 384715 for the nursery
Open: Thursdays, 9am-4.30pm; groups by appointment
100 acre demesne with one of world’s largest rhododendron collections with 300 types; also 600 types camellias, 250 types Japanese maple, 300 varieties magnolia, azaleas, all on wooded hillside and valley with river views; bulbs include snowdrops, daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells; walled gardens, greenhouses with exotic plants, iris, vegetables; wholesale nursery
Web: Mount Congreve Nurseries no website for the gardens

Mount Juliet Conrad Gardens
Thomastown, signed from N9
Tel. 056 777 3000
Open: by appointment
1500 acres of woodland gardens and pasture; river; walled ornamental estate garden; trees; lawns; geranium collection; rockery; rose garden; herbaceous borders; herb garden; Georgian house on site is hotel; restaurant; estate activities include golf
Web: Mount Juliet Gardens

Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Wind
Northern Ireland
Portaferry Rd, Newtownards
Tel. 028 4278 8387
Open: Gardens, house and temple varying times and days; check by phone or on National Trust website for full details.
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
Open: Feb-Oct, daily, 9am-6pm; Nov-Jan, daily, 9am-4.30pm
Plant collection of 20,000 species; rose garden; rockery; vegetable garden; herbaceous plants; arboretum; shrubs; glasshouses; restaurant; education and visitor centre; parking

National Garden Exhibition Centre
Midlands East
Glen of the Downs, off the N11 by Kilquade
Tel. 0 1 281 9890
Open: year round, Mon-Sat and BH, 10am-5.30pm; Sun, 1-5.30pm
23 gardens laid out by designers; includes light and shade garden, water and woodland garden, natural woodland garden, gothic garden, rose garden, purple garden, town garden, and more; man-made waterfall; tea-room; shop; garden centre; parking
Web: National Garden Exhibition Centre

Newbridge House and Garden
Greater Dublin
Newbridge, Donabate, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 843 6064 for garden
Tel. 0 1 843 6534 for house
Open: Garden: June-Sep, 10am-1pm, 2-5pm, on Sun and BH from 2-6pm; Oct-March, on Sat, Sun and BH, 2-5pm. House: Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun and PH, 2-6pm; closed every day from 1-2pm; Oct-March, Sat, Sun and PH, 2-5pm.

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Organic Centre
Tel. 071 98 54338
Open: daily, May-end Sep, Mon-Thu, 11am-4pm, Fri until 3pm.
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
Portumna, enter from Abbey St or Castle Ave
Tel. 0 90 974 1658
Open: mid March-end Oct, daily, 10am-6pm
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
Midlands East
Tel. 01 204 6000
Open: house and garden, year round, daily, 9.30am-5.30pm except dusk in winter; (closed 25/26 Dec); waterfall, March, April, Sep, Oct, 10.30am-5.30pm; Jan, Feb and Nov, 10.30am-4pm; May, June, July, Aug, 9.30am-7pm
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 1½ 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
Open: Feb, daily, 2-5pm; June, July, daily, 2-6pm
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
Coolgreany by Gorey
Tel. 0402 37238 or 0402 32006
Open: May-end Aug, Sun and PH, also other days during Garden Festival
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
Tullow, on R725.
Tel. 059 9156285.
Open: 9.30am-6pm except Sun when open from noon.
Garden centre, furniture, home baking, lunches.

Redcot Garden
Northern Ireland
35 Kings Rd, Belfast
Tel. 028 9079 6614
Open: May-Sep by appointment
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
Midlands East
Tel. 043 76024 or 087 9693055.
Open Aug 15-end Dec; phone for details.
Crafts and organic food at old mill; Georgian house, garden and woods, animals.

Rowallane Garden
Northern Ireland
Saintfield, Ballynahinch
Tel. 028 9751 0131
Open: March-mid April, 10am-4pm, daily; mid Aril-mid Sep, 10am-8pm, daily; mid Sep-end Feb, 10am-4pm, daily; closed 25/26 Dec and 1 Jan; last admissin 30 min before closing; tea-room open different times, phone for details
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
Salthill, Mount Charles
Tel. 074 973 5387
Open: May-end Sep, Mon-Thu, 2-6pm; May and June, also open on Sat, 2-6pm
100 year old walls; greenhouse; perennials; vegetables; shrubs; roses; hydrangeas; parking

Seaforde Gardens and Butterfly House
Northern Ireland
Downpatrick, south of Belfast
on main Newcastle road
Tel. 028 4481 1225
Open: Easter-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 1-6pm
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

Seaside Garden
Kilcrohane, on seashore past village of Ahakista
Tel. 027 67070
Open: phone to arrange
Thousands of rare southern hemisphere plants in award winning garden by the sea; 60 oak trees and other trees in “forest” area
Web: Seaside Garden

Strokestown Park House and Famine Museum
Tel. 071 963 3013
Open: mid March-end Oct, daily, 11am-5.30pm
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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Talbot Botanical Gardens
Greater Dublin
Malahide Castle Demense
Malahide, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 846 3779
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; April-Sep also on Sun and PH, 10am-6pm; Oct-March, also on Sun and PH, 11am-5pm
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
Web: Malahide Castle

Timoleague Franciscan Abbey and Castle Gardens
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
Three miles south of Cappoquin
Tel. 058 54405
Open: Feb-June, Sep-Nov.
17th century estate, plants, trees, shrubs

Tullynally Castle Gardens
Midlands East
Tullynally, near Castlepollard
Tel. 044 61159
Open: gardens only, May-end Aug, Thu-Sun, 1-6pm; also open Easter and BH
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)
Left side of N62 from Thurles
Tel. 0 504 21839
Open: March-Oct, by appointment
One acre garden with trees, shrubs, roses and herbaceous perennials; 30 varieties of daffodils in the spring

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Vandeleur Walled Garden
Tel. 065 905 1760
Open: April-Sep, daily 10am-6pm; Oct-March daily 10am-7pm
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
Midlands East
Tel. 01 281 9298
Open: June, July various days, phone for details, also by appointment
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
Kilcornan, on N69 near Adare
Tel. 061 394243
Open: daily, mid March-end Oct, 9.30am-6pm.
12 authentic re-created features: burial tomb, ring fort; rose gardens

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum
Tel. 056 775 2699
Open: daily year round, access through car park ½ mile from main gates.
Flower terraces, winter garden, walks, rare trees, ruins of Woodstock house

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

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