Portland Botanic Gardens, which was born in the late 1800's, boasts a stone gardeners cottage, sprawling dahlia display, clipped croquet lawn and greenhouse sitting between glorious border beds and historic trees. Then there's also the historic tram and tram stop that leaves right outside the gate.
Placed in the heart of one of Europe's important horticultural gardens lies a small elegant glass house that is a beautiful colourful place to sit and contemplate the greatness of the property that surrounds it.
While the natural hedgerows are disappearing, we can all re-boot the system and plant our own hedges are part of our own garden’s eco-system. When I was presented with a tricky landscaped steep hill-side retaining wall that was spread long and narrow across my front rural garden boundary, my first thoughts instantly brought me back to the hedgerows of my childhood. t could be a wonderful entry point for insects, bees, wild native birds and, most wonderfully, pests into the garden.
Hawthorn Cottage is a green little oasis that took our breath away. As we entered the quirky little home, you could be fooled into thinking that you had actually walked into a book cover and entered a fantasy land. I couldn't believe we were going to live here for a whole week!
Heywood Gardens is situated near the towns of Abbeyleix and Ballinakill in Ireland's centre, and is a garden that began its life in the 1700's with additional planning and design completed in 1912, Both the parkland and meditarean style garden compliment each other greatly and is worth more than just a quick peek for visitors.
When we visited the magnificent walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey recently this past Autumn, I was delighted to find the restored Head Gardeners Cottage perched at the top of the undulating site, an ideal place really for gazing down at the daily goings on of the garden. (...)
The entrance to the bog walk is next door to the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel with parking available there. The walk begins down a long cool lane thats lush with trees and understory forest plants, a nice green entry to the site, with little hint of what’s to come. Sign posts stagger down the lanes with flora and fauna listings and information about the bog, which has been leased by the community for at least the next 50 years and is run completely by volunteers interested in (...)
We came upon the Leprechaun and Fairy Cave garden by Carlingford Lough. It’s a magical park filled with fairy horses, Finn McCool’s chair, fairy village and leprechaun huts with even an underground fairy village. The park is a delight for small children, but is also dotted with information about the local folklore and their beliefs in leprechauns and fairies of Ireland.
The unusual garden "Victors Way" is located just outside of the village of Roundwood in Co. Wicklow and while the 22 acre property features small lakes, stunning views and forested areas, it's a scenic purposeful walk with a focus on meditation.