21 of the finest garden attractions have come together in Wexford and they have launched Ireland’s largest Garden Trail; Wexford man and garden expert Gerry Daly did the honors and officially unveiled the trail in Wexford yesterday.
The gardens all vary in size, heritage and landscape with some dating back to the 18th Century and others just 10 years old. The trail includes a variety garden styles including unique walled gardens, Japanese gardens, Arts and Crafts, Woodland and many award winning gardens on offer to visitors.
At the trail launch Gerry said, “I’m delighted to launch this fantastic trail of gardens in my home county of Wexford, there are some real gems on this trail. Some of the gardens are unique such as Woodville House in New Ross, the stunning Johnstown Castle gardens and of course the JFK Arboretum. There are gardens on this trail that people will certainly not have visited or may not have known of prior to the setting up of this trail and they are real hidden gems.”
Welcoming everyone to the launch of the Wexford Garden Trail Chairperson and owner of Monksgrange Garden Jeremy Hill said, “Visitors to this trail are in for a real treat. Our garden trail is sheltered by mountain and bordered by sea; the gardens of Wexford are filled with the rare and the tender, the recognisable and the mind teaser, the old and the new, the easy grown and the challenging. From tree ferns to feverfew, champion trees to memorial trees, rhododendron to geranium – in Wexford gardens you’ll find everything that grows.
Some of our gardens are already well known; others have been hidden away and privately cared for until now. A tour will show you the diversity of Wexford’s scenery and natural habitats. Our garden trail owners are busy with the flush of new spring growth and are expectant for the flowering of favourite and precious plants. Paths are swept, display beds are stocked, lawns are mown and the tay is wet in welcome. Along with all our members, I am looking forward to sharing our love of gardens and our knowledge of plants with a new and appreciative audience.”
Details of all of the gardens can now be found in a dedicated Wexford Garden Trail brochure which is also available online, and downloadable, at www.visitwexford.ie.
The Wexford Garden Trail, twenty one garden attractions include, Ballinkeele Garden, Ballymore Schoolhouse Garden, Beechdale Plantplus Garden Centre, Camolin Potting Shed, Coin na hAbhann, Colclough Walled Garden, Coolaught Gardens, Glenavon Japanese Garden, Horticare Garden Centre, JFK Arboretum, Johnstown Castle, Kilmokea Gardens, Kilmurry Nursery & Garden, Lucy’s Wood Garden, Marlfield House and Garden, Monksgrange Garden, Newtownbarry House Garden, Springmount Garden Centre, The Bay Garden, Tombrick Gardens and Woodville House Gardens.