The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: British Gardens (1100-1830)

Public parks in Dublin

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620. Public gardens. There is a park at Dublin belonging to the vice-regal residence, and there are walks on the ramparts of Londonderry and other towns; but the most curious public gardens in Ireland are the Hanging Gardens of Limerick. These contain an acre of ground, which is covered with lines of arches rising in terraces one above another; the lowest twenty-five feet, and the highest forty feet. Over these arches is placed a layer of earth, five feet thick, and planted with choice fruit trees and flowers. The space under the arches is employed as cellars, and will hold nearly 2000 hogsheads. The work was commenced in 1823, and was completed in between five and six years, at an expense of nearly 15,000�. There are some tea gardens, one or two botanical and horticultural gardens, but, as far as we know, no cemetery gardens, in Ireland. The country, however, is admirably adapted for every department of gardening, and the people are equally adapted to enjoy it.