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TAH: Garden Visit to Lismore Castle Gardens, Co. Waterford

On a recent trip to Waterford, we took the opportunity to visit the absolutely beautiful town of Lismore, Co.Waterford. Within the town sits the historic surroundings of Lismore Castle and the wonderful Lismore Castle Gardens.  Two distinct gardens,  both are set within the castle walls and comprising of 7 acres with spectacular views of the Castle and surrounding countryside. If you are passing through the Southeast in the next few months, take the time to go into Lismore! You will thoroughly enjoy it! I’ve included some pictures of our trip around the garden below.

Lower Garden of Lismore Castle Gardens

 

Yew Trees Avenue, Lismore Castle gardens

Yew Trees Avenue, Lismore Castle gardens

The lower garden was mostly created in the 19th century for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, Sir Joseph Paxton’s patron. Meandering paths lead you through this informal setting of trees and shrubs and out onto open lawns. The stately yew avenue in the heart of the garden is much older than the garden itself. From the spring flowering magnolias and rhododendrons through to the later flowering shrubs and borders there is always something in bloom.

Upper Garden of Lismore Castle Gardens

Entry to the upper garden is through the Riding House. This walled garden was first constructed by Richard Boyle, the 1st Earl of Cork in about 1605, where most of the walls and terraces remain the same although the plantings have changed to suit the tastes of those living within the Castle. The garden is a mix of ornamental borders and productive areas, with vegetables, herbs, fruit and flowers grown for the kitchen and house.

Cornflower Dealbata & Cornflower Tall Double Blue in the background, Lismore Castle Gardens

Cornflower Dealbata & Cornflower Tall Double Blue in the background

 

Cornflower Tall Double Blue with a Sweet Pea Trellis in the background, Lismore Castle Gardens

Cornflower Tall Double Blue with a Sweet Pea Trellis in the background

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