The Walled Garden at Woodville, Kilchreest, Loughrea, Co. Galway has been beautifully restored with colourful herbaceous borders, espaliered fruit trees, vegetable garden, rose garden and a fountain. Daphne Shackleton advised on the restoration which included reinstating a dovecote which is one of the few remaining “Garden Follies” in the West of Ireland and is home to a family of white fantail doves.
Woodville has a museum outlining the connection to Lady Augusta Gregory to this historic house and garden. Come for a visit to this romantic secret garden in the West of Ireland and enjoy the sights, scents and colours contained within the original stone walls.
The 8th Annual Snowdrop event will take place in the garden on Saturday 9th February with guest speaker Maurice Parkinson who,with his wife Joy, developed Ballyrobert Gardens, a unique Ulster Garden in County Antrim that creatively embraces natural built heritage and horticulture. Maurice was the principal designer of this 6 acre plus garden which in 2016 was listed by the Guardian as one of its Top 10 Secret Gardens in the U.K. It is not surprising given his educational background at Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and Writtle College that Ballyrobert Gardens has a significant focus on plants with thousands of different herbaceous plants and more than 200 varieties of Snowdrops. The later are used to best effect in the garden and Maurice has a particular interest in the best performing snowdrop varieties. These are two of the key elements of his talk “Making the best of Snowdrops in the garden” , during which he will also demonstrate how the snowdrops are routinely propagated at Ballyrobert Gardens.
Maurice will give his powerpoint presentation talk at 2 pm, followed by a guided tour of the snowdrop collection at Woodville Walled Garden by head gardener Marie.
Admission €12 per person including light refreshments.
Booking is essential, for further details please contact Margarita at 087/9069191 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snowdrops in the green will be on sale during this event along with some named varities.
The gardens will also be open throughout the month of February from 11am to 5 pm daily.