Ireland has an amazing array of flora and fauna which is the reason we chose to feature it in our Gardens of the World series. Some of the most beautiful gardens, of varying sizes are found on this charming island. Beginning with the National Botanical Gardens, an eighteenth century arboretum, to secret gardens surrounding Dublin Buildings, the list is endless!
We have listed a few of the most unique gardens.
MOUNT USHER GARDENS
One of the earliest examples of a Robinsonian garden, the Mount Usher Gardens has certainly earned the title of Top Rated Irish Garden, by the Good Gardens Guide. The gardens are home to over 5000 species of organically grown plants. Carefully grown on either side of the River Vartry which flows through the 22 acre garden.
The Mount Usher Gardens are a perfect day-out destination for families. Explore the gardens at length, walking along the garden paths and tree trails which are easily accessible and wheelchair friendly. Remember to stop off at Avoca Garden Café for a delicious breakfast or lunch. The cafe provides a delicious menu that caters to kids as well.
DUBLIN’S IVEAGH GARDENS
Iveagh Gardens are Dublins ‘secret garden’. Designed in 1865 by landscape architect Ninian Niven, the garden hosts a unique collection of features. Within the gardens you can find a mini replica of London’s Hampton Court Maze and an impressive waterfall feature. The Cascade flows over a rockery containing various rocks from each of the 32 counties within the island of Ireland.
KILMACURRAGH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDENS
Home to the National Rhododendron collection, the National Botanical Gardens, Kilmacurragh is a must-see for all plant lovers. The gardens are home to a number of rare varieties which were brought to Ireland by the Acton Family who then established the original gardens in 1712.
Thomas Acton, together with his sister Jane, took part in many plant seeking expeditions in order to acquire the impressive collection they own. When not out plant seeking, the siblings utilised their connections at nurseries and botanical gardens across the world to acquire exotic seeds. Some are so rare that the specimens in these gardens are possibly the only of its kind in Europe and perhaps the entire Northern Hemisphere. The rarest of these trees found in the 18th-century arboretum is the endangered Monkey Puzzle tree.
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