In July I headed to Ireland's County Wicklow and County Wexford (just south of Dublin) to visit some gardens. Wexford's Garden Trail map highlights 21 destinations and Wicklow's map has approx 35 places of interest to visit, many being gardens and stately homes. I discovered some of the recommended places on the Wexford 'garden trail' were garden centres but it was all quite interesting - and some of the garden centres do offer the best tray bakes (cakes) and tea! Here are a few highlights of my trip...
|Above: Mount Usher in County Wicklow is a fantastic woodland garden with over 80 trees, a riverwalk, wildfower beds, garden shop and delicious cafe. The family home is in the middle of the gardens and offers a picturesque setting to walk through.|
|Above and Below: Johnstown's Castle in County Wexford. The castle itself isn't open to the public but might be open for tours in the future. There are a range of walks in the grounds, and a fantastic museum, Irish Agricultural Museum, that offers information on the Irish famine and what it was like to live in Ireland before, during and after the famine. The museum also has a collection of restored tractors, carts, ploughs and machinery.|
|Above: At the end of the Wells House and Gardens house tour, the guide gave everyone a little pack of 'Victorian Seed Mix' seeds which was a really nice touch.|
There's so much to see in Ireland.
I'd recommended July or August for a garden tour visit.
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