The National Botanic Garden at Glasnevin showcases many living collections including over 300 endangered species and 6 species not even found in the wild anymore. The historic wrought iron glasshouses will take your breath away. Mount Usher, laid out along the banks of the River Vartry is a dream to walk through on meandering paths as it melds woodland and shade loving plants in a Robinsonian style. The National Garden Exhibition Center showcases over twenty gardens designed by leading designers of new and classical trends and incorporates a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs, water features, pergolas, sculpture and stone walls. Malahide Castle presents you with both a fortress and private home to the Talbots of nearly 800 years. After time spent inside, the botanic garden will interest you as will the stunning walled garden with over 5000 different species and varieties to tempt you. Also located here is one of Ireland’s leading retail experiences, Avoca. Mount Stewart, one of the most inspiring and unusual gardens you will see, reflects the rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. You will also visit inside this opulent house.
For private gardens, your senses will be taken away as we visit Helen Dillon and chat with her while discovering her style and manner with many rare and unusual plants. Her garden is considered one of the gems of the horticultural world and should not be missed. June Blake is a passionate plantsperson and you will love what she has done with her listed Victorian Stewards house, surrounding it with the most marvelous mix of plants that have mostly been grown and trialed by her. We will enjoy lunch here as well so you will have time to chat. Five minutes away is another gem waiting to be discovered. Hunting Brook Gardens is owned by June’s brother Jimi. A botanical paradise awaits you, filled with a fusion of prairie, tropical, woodland valley plants, many from his plant hunting expeditions. Included here is the rare Aralia echinocaulis or devils walking stick which Jimi located in China – the first time this plant was discovered! A visit with Joy & Maurice Parkinson at their cottage garden Ballyrobert would make William Robinson proud! Finally we visit Rowallane to be inspired by this enchanting garden's dazzling array of exotic species from the four corners of the globe. Created in the mid 1860s by the Reverend John Moore, this informal plantsman's garden reflects the beautiful natural landscape of the surrounding area.
All visits to gardens are guided for your further enjoyment, plus you even have a free day in Dublin and Belfast to make more memories.
Add to this the incomparable World Association of Flower Arrangers – ‘Floral Odyssey’ World Flower Show 2014 where you will enjoy a day on your own oohing and aahing some of the most incredible floral arrangements and more!
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Donna Dawson, formerly of St. Albert Alberta Canada, now residing in Panama City, Panama is a co-author of three gardening books and has been sharing her love of gardens around the world since 1998.