RHSI Garden of West Wicklow Tour

Huge thanks to the events team, in particular, Astrid and Emily for organizing a delightful day tour to West Wicklow last week. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and the gardens visited were truly enchanting.

First stop at Ballynure House Gardens was a remarkable experience. We were privileged to wander through the captivating landscapes, courtesy of Mrs. Clare Reid Scott. Learning about the history of the garden and its transformation into a stunning oasis was both inspiring and touching. David Reid Scott’s dedication to restoring the gardens to their former glory was evident in every corner. The plant-filled borders, the picturesque lake, and the carefully curated woodland walks were simply awe-inspiring. It was evident that Ballynure Garden holds a special place in the hearts of those who have nurtured it, and we felt fortunate to share in its beauty, as this garden is not open to the general public.

Lunch at Patthana Gardens was a delightful affair. Simon’s delicious cooking and attention to detail is legendary. Hospitality at its finest! T.J. Maher’s guidance during the tour shed light on the 25-year development of Patthana Gardens. The collection of hardy to tender and exotic plants in the main courtyard was a testament to his passion and dedication. We were especially drawn to the Inner garden, with its borders of herbaceous perennials, tender plants, and rare shrubs and trees, all cared for organically to promote wildlife attraction.

This tour not only allowed us to immerse ourselves in the beauty of West Wicklow but also gave us the opportunity to witness the love and care invested by the gardeners in preserving these natural wonders. It was a day filled with inspiration, relaxation, and appreciation for the artistry of nature.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Mrs. Clare Reid Scott and head gardener Brian O’Reilly for continuing David Reid Scott’s legacy and ensuring that Ballynure Garden remains a spectacular sight throughout the seasons. Additionally, our heartfelt thanks go to T.J. Maher and Simon Kirby for welcoming us into their award-winning Patthana Gardens and sharing their passion for organic gardening and wildlife conservation.

Once again, thank you, RHSI Events Team, for organizing this wonderful day tour.

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ardan Garden

Ballintubbert Gardens and House

Ballycommane Garden

Ballyedmond Castle Garden

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Belvedere House Gardens & Park

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Demesne

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Collon House

Coolaught Walled Garden

Coolwater Garden

Dawros Gallery & Garden

Dower House

Dromana House and Gardens

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glenarm Castle Walled Garden

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

Hunting Brook Gardens

Irish National Stud and Gardens – The Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachra’s Garden

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

June Blake’s Garden

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Kilgar Gardens

Killruddery House and Gardens

Killyreagh Garden

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kilravock Garden

Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens


Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park

Old Deanery Garden

Patthana Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Seanabea Cottage


Strokestown Park Gardens

Tourin House & Gardens

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden

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