The Garden Landscape Guide

Garden Tours in Ireland

Ireland is famous for its castle gardens, its emerald green landscape and its botanical gardens. The mild and moist Irish climate is very well suited to plant growth. The long and still-strong tradition of agriculture and horticulture has resulted in high standard of garden management. Irish gardens differ from English gardens more as a consequence of climate than of the Celtic design tradition: the climate is markedly wetter.

Many garden tour companies operate in Britain with the main groups of operators being based in the UK and the USA. Irish gardens are a favourite destination. The UK operators tend to be lower priced but do not organise travel to Britain and are likely to use larger vehicles. Independent travellers can visit many gardens, but by no means all, using public transport. Car hire is also easy. One of the difficulties for the independent traveller is that many Irish gardens are open only on a few days per week and only in the afternoon. This makes it difficult to visit as many gardens in a day as might appear possible from their geographical proximity.

Escorted Garden Tours in Ireland


Private Gardens of Dublin, departing 23rd June and 18th August 2013

The Dillon Garden, Dublin The Emerald Isle has brilliant conditions for garden making: an almost frost-free climate and a supply of fresh rain which never fails. The tour is based in Dublin with excursions into the countryside. There are visits to Mount Usher, Hunting Brook, June Blake's Garden and The Dillon Garden (pictured left).



‘In an Irish Garden': Gardens of Dublin & the Wicklow Mountains, departing 23rd to 26th September 2013

The Dillon Garden, DublinWith Boxwood Tours
Gardens of Counties Wicklow & Wexford, including Mount Congreve, probably the most majestic woodland garden in Europe, and Jimi Blake’s garden of Hunting Brook and his sister June’s creation at Tinode, plus some choice Dublin gardens, including The Dillon Garden and seductive Mount Venus Nursery. Marlfield House, once residence of the Earls of Courtown, is a sumptuous, family-run hotel with beautiful rooms and fine food as well as its own kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and woodland gardens.