Summer Garden Visits

That exciting season of garden visiting is upon us again! Time to start checking out the enormous selection of fabulous open gardens we have on our own doorsteps. There is little that can be more sensually pleasurable than losing oneself wandering around a garden on a summer’s afternoon. It is where we get inspiration and ideas for our own gardens too while supporting and encouraging the endeavours of our horticultural community. So whether you
are a busy weeder or perhaps simply an armchair enthusiast, be sure that Garden Visits are high on your agenda for the Summer!

Here are some tips to get you going….

RHSI Partner Gardens
Our absolute Number One tip! As an RHSI member you are entitled to free or half price entry to 56 superb gardens throughout the 32 counties. We are extremely grateful to their generous owners and would love you to visit and support them during the summer. Check out the Partner Gardens section on the RHSI website and you’ll realise that we have many of the finest gardens in the country in our scheme- and you have that special RHSI key!

RHSI Gardens
Regular open days for our wonderful newly acquired garden RHSI Bellefied in Co Offaly are announced on the Bulletin. And Russborough Walled Garden and Laurelmere in Marlay Park are hives of activity run by volunteers.

Heritage Ireland/ OPW
This is a comprehensive list of both historic sites and gardens. Go to and press search for Gardens. The vast number of these State owned gardens have free entry. Many of these magnificent gardens you may not even be aware of in your area. Time to investigate- you will be surprised.

Garden Trails
Many counties have a Garden Trail so Google eg Carlow Garden Trail. Great for holiday visiting away from your own county.

Various websites
Check ‘Gardens’ on the web tourism sites for individual counties, Discover Ireland, Trip Advisor, etc which all produce some garden lists to visit.

Garden Clubs
If you are a member of a garden club there will doubtless be some treasures lined up for you to visit. So put the dates in your diary NOW lest you forget! If you are not in a club, do check out our Garden Club section on the RHSI website and you may find one nearby to join.

THE IRISH GARDEN MAGAZINEGardens Open 2023 booklet.
The May edition of The Irish Garden magazine contains the additional booklet ‘Gardens Open 2023’ which is the excellent and absolute bible for instant information in a paper format. If you haven’t got it already do check your newsagent today ….if there are any left!

The Open Gardens of Ireland– guide book
And for in-depth garden background, there is simply no better guide than Shirley Lanigan’s book ‘The Open Gardens of Ireland’. First published in 2017, there is a new edition due out in 2024.

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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