Victorian Walled Garden 

 

Victorian Walled Garden與大宅於1867年至1871年間同時建造,佔地六英畝,是愛爾蘭境內最大的維多利亞圍牆式花園,花園原有21個温室(今日只剩兩個),種有香蕉、無花果等在愛爾蘭少見的熱帶品種,在天陰多雨的愛爾蘭,女士們更可在種滿熱帶花草的温室散步;大宅需要的新鮮蔬果花卉,全由花園採摘;領頭園丁住在能一覽花園的大屋中,其他園丁則住另一間小屋。

 

大宅主人Mitchell Henry死後,花園荒廢近百年,直至1995年,Benedictine修女團體重建花園,2000年開放予公眾參觀,2002年獲歐洲傑出花園獎(Garden winner of a Europa Nostra Award),花園重建經費達150萬英磅,並由歐盟及愛爾蘭政府資助。

 

這也是旅遊公司安排的景點之一,遊覽時間十分怱忙,未能細心欣賞,真的十分可惜,但當日幸遇天晴,現場所見,這個花園真的被人愛護着,介紹花園歷史、重建沿革、花草簡介的展板散佈花園,令觀眾能快速掌握花園歷史,花圃打理得井井有條,花草茂盛;温室、領頭園丁屋、一般園丁房等室內房間更有當地學校的萬聖節時裝展覽,聽聞萬聖節當日,花園更會開放予當地民眾起營火、雕南瓜燈、跳舞等。

 

這個花園百年前輝煌盛放,荒廢百年後重建,今日花園與當地社區有深厚聯繫,花園的興建—荒廢—重生故事,真的難能可貴,令人感動啊~

 

 

 

Victorian Walled Garden and the main mansion was built in 1867 to 1871. It was 6 acres and it is the biggest Victorian garden in Ireland.

There were 21 heated glass houses (just 2 leave today) planting tropical fruits such as bananas, figs…etc which was rare in Ireland. Ladies could even walk in the glass houses which full of tropical exotic flowers in rainy Ireland.

All the fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers needed in the mansion can be harvested in the garden.

The lead gardener lived in the main house which can oversee the garden and the other gardeners lived in another smaller house.

 

The garden was conquered by weeds for a hundred years after the death of its master, Mitchell Henry. The Benedictine nuns began to restore the garden in 1995 and the garden was opened to public in 2000. The garden won the Garden winner of a Europa Nostra Award in 2002.

The cost for the rebuilt costed 1.5m pounds and was subsidized by EU and Irish government.

 

This is a visiting spot organized by the local tour company and the visiting time was rush. It’s really a pity that I didn’t have time to appreciate the garden at ease but I was lucky to have a fine weather that day.

It’s easy to tell this garden was beloved. Lots of info boards explaining the history of the garden, the rebuilt process and the plant’s info.

There was a Halloween costume fashion display in the indoor area like the lead gardener’s home, the gardeners’ house and the glass houses.

The garden would be opened to public on Halloween and people would set up a camp fire, dancing and making pumpkin lantern.

 

The garden flourished a hundred years ago and was demolish a hundred years and it was rebuilt and made a deep connections with its local community. This build-demolish-reborn story is really inspiring!

難得好天氣lucky to have a fine weather!
難得好天氣lucky to have a fine weather!
不知名漂亮花Unknown beauty
不知名漂亮花Unknown beauty
美景Beautiful view
美景Beautiful view
靚花園!beautiful garden!
靚花園!beautiful garden!
被愛着的花園A beloved garden
被愛着的花園A beloved garden
花園茶室Tea house in the garden
花園茶室Tea house in the garden
現代藝術在花園Moden art in the garden
現代藝術在花園Moden art in the garden
格子窗Square window
格子窗Square window
領頭園丁的大屋Big house for the lead gardener
領頭園丁的大屋Big house for the lead gardener
嚇死人scary
嚇死人scary
靚紗beautiful lace
靚紗beautiful lace
領頭園丁的家人都有份住Lead gardener can live with his family
領頭園丁的家人都有份住Lead gardener can live with his family
飯廳Dining room
飯廳Dining room
普通園丁的屋子House for garderners
普通園丁的屋子House for garderners
最愛古典風~just love vintage style~
最愛古典風~just love vintage style~
星盤上的滴水架!water-drop holding above the sink!
星盤上的滴水架!water-drop holding above the sink!
最美景書桌a writing table with the best view
最美景書桌a writing table with the best view
BB床bed for baby
BB床bed for baby
做衫Dress making
做衫Dress making
倒掛upside down
倒掛upside down
所有室內都有學生作品All indoor area display students' works
所有室內都有學生作品All indoor area display students' works
花園與當地社區有深厚聯繫Deep contection with the local community
花園與當地社區有深厚聯繫Deep contection with the local community
當地學校的時裝展覽Fashion exhibition by local schools
當地學校的時裝展覽Fashion exhibition by local schools
香蕉在香港常見,但在愛爾蘭卻罕見Bananas is common in HK but rare in Ireland
香蕉在香港常見,但在愛爾蘭卻罕見Bananas is common in HK but rare in Ireland
育苗中...babysitting...
育苗中...babysitting...
排排坐Sit together
排排坐Sit together
百年前有21個温室,今日只剩2個There was 21 glass houses but only 2 leave
百年前有21個温室,今日只剩2個There was 21 glass houses but only 2 leave
今日的温室today glass house
今日的温室today glass house
應該不是真人...might not be a real person...
應該不是真人...might not be a real person...