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。
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!