The Gardens at Birr Castle have a rich history attached to them. They were originally landscaped around the lake in the 18th century by Sir William Parsons, and over the generations of the Parsons family have gathered an amazing collection of rare plants on their travels around the world. The award winning fomal gardens set among the 50 hectacres proudly boast the world’s tallest box hedges as well as rare trees and plants as well as wonderful and walks along peaceful rivers and lake rivers lake.
Further details https://birrcastle.com/gardens/
Emo Court is a stunning estate rich in history and natural beauty. With parklands open 365 days a year, the gardens are wonderful at any time of year. Enjoy the mile-long Wellingtonia Avenue, flanked by giant Sequoia trees planted in 1853, wander among the elegant yews and statuary of the formal lawns, or take in the Lakeside Loop. Keep an eye out for Irish red squirrels, which are native to the estate, and rare birds including buzzards and egrets.
Further details www.emocourt.ie
Gash Gardens near Castletown Co Laois were established over 25 years ago. The gardens have evolved from a farm paddock where cows once grazed into a plantsperson’s oasis that now covers an area of approximately 4 acres. These well kept gardens progress through 3 distinct areas: a semi-formal gravel garden where rambling pathways lead through billowing displays of flower and foliage, a lawn area punctuated with colourful herbaceous borders and fine specimen trees, and a looped riverside walk where nature abounds.
Further details www.gashgardens.ie
The enchanting eighteenth-century landscaped gardens at Heywood , near Ballinakill, County Laois, consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and some exciting architectural features. The park is set into a sweeping hillside. The formal gardens which are the centrepiece of the property were designed by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Further details https://heritageireland.ie/places-to-visit/heywood-gardens/
Clonohill Gardens are set at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains near Coolrain The gardens are the spledid creation of floral artist Enda Thompson. On a one acre site the gardens have been designed and developed to enhance the existing landscape, and featre many interesting and unusual plants with many mature trees providing a shady home for woodland treasures. Laois angling centre is also located on the same site.
Further details www.laoisanglingcentre.ie