Absolutely, with our temperate climate, touring our gardens is more than just a nice thing to do, it’s a must! Here are just a few of our favourite trails…
What better place to start than the ‘Garden of Ireland’ itself, County Wicklow
with a one-day tour, courtesy of Johns Tours Of Ireland
. This tour starts from Dublin
and explores some of the finest gardens of Ireland’s Ancient East
, including Powerscourt House and Estate
, voted amongst the greatest in the world by National Geographic Magazine
, and Mount Usher
, an outstanding Robinsonian wild garden – if time and energy permits, see Kilmacurragh, the property of the National Botanic Gardens
before heading back to Dublin.
Still in Ireland’s Ancient East, is the Carlow Garden Trail
. Simply download the map and take the self-guided trail to the glorious greens of Altamont Gardens, the Delta Sensory Gardens, Huntington Castle and Borris House, amongst others. Northern Ireland
has a huge array of horticultural gems, from the 400-year-old Antrim Castle
Gardens and Carnfunnock Walled Garden to the Glenarm Castle Estate, Castle Ward Gardens and Florence Court – each more outstanding than the next.
On a city break? You can still escape the skyscrapers and busy streets with a wander around Belfast’s Botanic Gardens
or take a picnic basket to the always beautiful National Botanic Gardens
of Ireland just outside Dublin City for an afternoon surrounded by beautiful flora and fauna.
For something a little different, visit the Seaforde Gardens
in County Down and check out their heated jungle at the Tropical Butterfly House. Or, for something more classical try Kylemore Abbey
in County Galway. This Victorian walled garden is renowned for its stunning collection of plant varieties from this era only!
Do any other community members have any suggestions we missed?