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Two days in the West of Ireland – Day 1

September 17 : 10:00 am5:00 pm

Brigits GardenBrigits Garden

Brigits Garden

There may be last minute cancellations due to changes in Government guidelines relation to the Covid Pandemic. If this is the case you will be notified by email.

Contact Organiser Brian O’Donnell: ireland@pgg.org.uk for more details.

Two days in the West of Ireland – Day 1

Brigit’s Garden

Our first stop of the day is this garden designed by Mary Reynolds in 2003 as a Celtic garden, sanctuary set within 11 acres of native woodland and wildflower meadows. It is in the west of Ireland just 20 km outside Galway city.
Entrance fee payable to garden.
www.brigitsgarden.ie

Kylemore Abbey

One mile west of Kylemore Abbey, in the wide landscape of Connemara, is the 6-acre Victorian Walled Garden, built by Mitchell Henry at the same time as the construction of Kylemore Castle between 1867 and 1871. There were originally twenty-one glasshouses crowning the northern slope, which housed exotic fruits and plants. The glasshouses were heated by three boilers, one of which doubled as a limekiln, and a complex system of underground hot-water pipes 1,538 meters (5,000 feet) in extent.

In later years, under different ownerships, the garden went into decline. The flower garden became a wilderness and the glasshouses collapsed, leaving only their brick bases. The Benedictine Nuns at Kylemore, who have always used the garden, held a very deep desire to restore it to its former glory. Restoration commenced in 1996 with the help of grant aid, bank loans and through the generosity of donors. The garden was part of the ‘Great Gardens of Ireland Scheme’, re-opening in 2000, and won the prestigious Europa Nostra Award in 2002.

To date, two of the glasshouses have been restored, along with the Head Gardener’s house and workman’s bothy.

Today, a stream divides the enclosed section of the garden into two distinct areas; the kitchen garden and the flower garden. Both have been restored and the kitchen garden is once again productive. The flower garden is an excellent example of a planting style typical of the late Victorian era. A rockery, fernery, shrub border, cut flower beds and herb garden are also parts of the 6-acre walled garden.
The garden is open all year round and is attracting visitors from all over the world.
Free entry.
www.kylemoreabbey.com

Programme

10.00am Brigit’s Garden
2.00pm Kylemore Abbey

Directions

Brigit’s Garden:
Take the N59 from Galway City, follow the sign at Roscahill village and turn right. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles and you will find Brigit’s Garden on your left. Our GPS Coordinates are, N: 53.38558 W: 9.2131
Kylemore Abbey:
Kylemore Abbey is in Connemara, Co. Galway, west of Ireland, on the N59 between Clifden and Westport.
Postcode/Satnav: H91 VR90

Cost

Free to PGG Members.

Contact

Contact Organiser Brian O’Donnell: ireland@pgg.org.uk for more details.

There may be last minute cancellations due to changes in Government guidelines relation to the Covid Pandemic. If this is the case you will be notified by email.

Details

Date:
September 17
Time:
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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Venue

Brigit’s Garden
Pollagh, Rosscahill
Galway, Co. Galway Ireland
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Organizer

Brian O’Donnell