On a hillside 138 feet above the River Suir, the present owners of Springhill purchased 29 acres in 1987. The site was moderately exposed, and learning from Inverewe in Scotland, they first planted native forest trees and hedging allowing them now to grow Japanese maples and other sensitive plants. They garden approximately 6 acres of mildly acidic clay soil.
The land they purchased had pre-existing native scrub and their plantings extended into this. It became increasingly Robinsonian as they planted an eclectic mix of almost anything they could lay their hands on, but always guarding their vistas.This now includes a 40 foot Magnolia campbelii ‘Betty Jessel’ and a 25 foot Chionanthus retusus and very many other mature specimen trees. Their land supports a great variety of wildlife from Great Spotted Woodpeckers, red squirrels, otters, pine martens and foxes, to mink.
The garden being more manicured near the house, there is a Liscannor paved area, a pond with Primula japonica and hostas, box hedging and a maze.
The owners have never employed a gardener- all has been done by themselves.
Address: Springhill, Woodlands, Faithlegge, Co. Waterford. X91 E7W6
Landline: 051 874 503
Mobile: 087 2737 165
Visits by appointment only, using mobile or landline.
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