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

The iconic Japanese Gardens in the grounds of The Irish National Stud and Gardens are one of the oldest and finest Japanese Gardens in Europe. Designed by Japanese master horticulturist Tassa (Saburo) Eida, constructed between 1906-1910, they structurally portray the embodiment of the spirit and its journey through human existence. 

St. Fiachra’s Garden was designed by Professor Martin Hallinan in 1999 and depicts the natural Irish landscape complete with monastic cells and a fairy trail. The garden commemorates St. Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners.



The Irish National Stud & Gardens is celebrating the launch of the newly re-developed Garden of Meditation. The garden was originally created in the 1980’s as a Garden of Eternity. The original design by John Colleran, portrayed the link between the human and spiritual elements of human existence. Our new Garden of Meditation re-interpreted by Yvonne O Conor, emphasises the simplicity of Zen thinking and invites the viewer towards meditation through contemplation.

Zen is a way of life, a search for meaning that elevates simplicity to an art form. A Zen or dry landscape garden is created from the individual inspiration of the designer. Its purpose is to draw the viewer into a state of contemplation as a way towards meditation.

On May 4th, the Garden of Meditation will be officially opened by her excellency Mrs Mari Miyoshi the Japanese Ambassador. Cathal Beale (CEO) said “We are delighted to welcome Her Excellency to officially open our new Garden of Meditation and to yet again celebrate the close ties between our two cultures.”

In conjunction with the launch the Irish National Stud & Gardens are hosting a Hanami Festival on Saturday the 5th of May. The ‘Hanami’ or flower viewing is the centuries-old Japanese custom of families and groups all over Japan coming together to enjoy springtime and the viewing of the beautiful ‘Sakura’ or cherry blossom.

A terrific line up of activities including origami workshops, lantern making, fan painting and much more will take place throughout the afternoon. To finish the festivities a guided historical tour of the over 100-year-old Japanese Garden will be given by expert Horticulturalist, Yvonne O’Conor.


Opening times: February to early November. Half price entry for RHSI members.

The Irish National Stud and Gardens, Tully, Co. Kildare. Eircode: R51 DD56

Telephone: 045 521671. W:  E:

Upcoming Events



Floral Art demonstration by Suzanne Cray

Wednesday 20 February, 2019

Day Tour to Altamont Garden, Co Carlow

Saturday 09 February, 2019

Airfield Estate Gardens

Ballymaloe Cookery School

Ballyrobert Gardens

Bantry House and Garden

Bellefield House

Benvarden Garden

Birr Castle Garden

Blarney Castle and Gardens

Burtown House and Gardens

Colclough Walled Garden

Coolaught Walled Garden

Festina Lente

Fota House – Victorian Working Garden

Gash Gardens

Glebe Gardens

Glenavon Japanese Garden

Hester Forde Garden – ‘Coosheen Garden’

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

Johnstown Castle, Estate, Museum and Gardens

June Blake’s Garden, Blessington

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall

Killruddery House and Gardens

Kilmokea Country Manor and Gardens

Kylemore Abbey Victorian Walled Garden

Lodge Park Walled Garden

Loughcrew Gardens

Mount Stewart House and Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens

Oakfield Park Gardens

Old Deanery Garden

Rothe House Museum and Garden

Rowallane Garden

Salthill Garden

Seaforde Gardens

Strokestown Park Gardens

Terra Nova Gardens

The Bay Garden

The Dower House

Tullynally Castle Gardens

Tyrrelstown House Garden

Woodville Walled Garden