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9 beautiful gardens in Ireland you should visit soon

Ireland is known for its lush green landscape.We should really get out and experience it more.

WITH EVERYONE GETTING in the summer gardening mood with Bloom Festival in town, we thought it might be nice to look at what beautiful gardens Ireland has to offer all year round.

They don’t call it the Garden of Ireland for nothing, so we’ll start here:

Wicklow

Powerscourt, Enniskerry

Powerscourt garden has been voted number 3 garden in the world by National Geographic.

There’s 47 acres to explore and showcases Ireland’s highest waterfall. It has an Italian garden, a Japanese garden and a statuary. Hidden gems in the gardens include the pet cemetary, and it’s just 35 minutes from Dublin.

Powerscourt gardens 5 Source: Flickr/Creative Commons

Powerscourt House and Gardens, Enniskerry Source: Flickr/CC/SowersPics

Kilruddery House and Gardens, Bray 

Killruddery is a living, working house, with gardens and a farm. It has been home to sixteen generations of the Brabazon family . The 3rd and 6th Earls of Meath were mainly responsible for the creation of the gardens.

Today the grounds host many events such as a weekend farmers market, eatery nights, family days, garden talks, a film festival, as well as weddings. It is also home to the annual Groove Festival.

The Long Ponds are twin canals 187 metres long ... Source: Killruddery House and Gardens

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It’s also home to the Hell and Back run every year.

00136469 Leo Varadkar taking part in Hell and Back. Source: Photocall Ireland

Mount Usher, Ashford

Just a short drive from Dublin, Mount Usher Gardens is home to some 5,000 species of plants. Located along the River Vartry, this garden was voted the best garden in Ireland in 2009 and 2010 by Gardener’s World Magazine.

It is also known as one of the most romantic gardens, with shaded winding paths. Like Powerscourt, it also has a small pet cemetery.

Mount Usher Gardens, Wicklow, Ireland Source: Flickr/IvanWalsh.com

Mount Usher Gardens, Wicklow, Ireland Source: Flickr/IvanWalsh.com

Pet Cemetery Tombstone of pet at Mount Usher Garden. Source: FlickrIrishFireside

Victoria’s Way, Roundwood

One of the county’s best kept secrets is this unusual sculpture park. This place is not so much dedicated to flowers as it is to out of this world sculptures. See more here.

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Dublin

The National Botanic Gardens 

Located just 3 kilometres from Dublin city centre, the National Botanic Gardens are an oasis of calm and beauty, and entry is free. These 40 acre gardens contain the National Herbarium, 20,000 species of plants and several historic wrought iron glasshouses.

National Botanic Gardens, Dublin Source: Flickr/CC/Miguel Mendez

00141930 Source: Photocall Ireland

Cork

Garinish Island Gardens,  Bantry Bay

The famed Italian gardens are a must see. The Irish Arts Review describes the gardens as “one of the most important gardens in Europe”.

Structures in the garden include the Martello Tower, dating from the 1805, a Grecian Temple, a clock tower, walled gardens and the Italian Temple and Italian Tea House.

Meath

Loughcrew Gardens, Oldcastle 

These 17th and 18th century gardens spread across six acres. The gardens include St Oliver Plukett’s family church and tower house as well as extensive lawns and beautiful walks. Sculptures by acclaimed artist Ann Meldon Hugh are also dotted around the grounds.

There is also an adventure centre, coffee shop and organised walks at Loughcrew.

Loughcrew Gardens & Clonabreany House

Untitled Source: Flickr/Creative Commons/ErinKhoo

Kildare 

Japanese Gardens 

The Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens were created between 1906 and 1910 and are renowned around the world.

The garden was laid out by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa Eida and his son Minoru and attracts 150,000 visitors each year.

Kildare - The Japanese Gardens at Tully Source: Flickr/Creative Commons/infomatique

Kildare - The Japanese Gardens at Tully Source: Flickr/Creative Commons/infomatique

Galway

Kylemore Abbey walled garden

This is one of people’s favourites, and there’s no wonder why. This six acre Victorian walled garden was built between 1867 and 1871. It has been compared to the acclaimed Kew Gardens in London. There are guided tours of the grounds and abbey, a gothic church, children’s play area and dining areas.

walled-gardens-map Map of the grounds. Source: Kylemoreabbeytourism.ie

Walled Victorian Garden Source: Flickr/Creative Commons/SciF0r

There are amazing landscapes up and down the country, and no doubt there are loads more. What gardens would you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.

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