There are a wide variety of gardens open for viewing in County Waterford, ranging from the gardens of the great old country houses to smaller gardens.
Lismore Castle Gardens
The gardens, which are open to the public, consists of walled and woodland gardens on two levels. The lower level is a spring garden, where camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias flourish among many other colourful shrubs. The more formal upper garden is one of the few examples of an Elizabethan layout in Ireland. The gardens are open from the end of April to mid-September. 13.45. 16.45 daily. The dates may vary slightly. Admission charge.
Dromana House and Gardens
Dromana House is one of Ireland’s ancient hidden wonders, a period property perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the strikingly beautiful, unspoilt river Blackwater. It is surrounded by a 600 acre privately owned estate with numerous woodland and garden walks bursting with rare plants and wonderful wildlife.
Cappoquin House and Gardens
Cappoquin house and gardens are open to the public from April to July each year, Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Open all year to tours by appointment. Cappoquin house in the centre of the town is an 18th Century Georgian mansion built on the site of an old Fitzgerald castle. The house and gardens enjoy magnificent views over the Blackwater. The Keane Family has lived in Cappoquin house for over 200 years.
Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
These Authentic Japanese Gardens are set in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland. These stunning gardens reflect the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo), who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country.
Mount Congreve House and Gardens
The Gardens comprise around seventy acres of intensively planted woodland, a four-acre walled garden and 16 kilometres of walkways. Planted on a slight incline overlooking the River Suir, Mount Congreve’s entire collection consists of over three thousand different trees and shrubs, more than two thousand Rhododendrons, six hundred Camellias, three hundred Acer cultivars, six hundred conifers, two hundred and fifty climbers and fifteen hundred herbaceous plants plus many more tender species contained in the Georgian glasshouse.
Tourin House and Gardens, Cappoquin
An Italianate style villa with classical proportions, Tourin House was finished in 1841. Tourin is a lived in House where one of the family welcomes groups and will give tours of the House and Garden.
Curraghmore House Gardens, Portlaw
Curraghmore House in Waterford is the historic home of the 9th Marquis of Waterford. His ancestors (the de la Poers) came to Ireland from Normandy after a 100-year stopover in Wales around 1170, or, about 320 years before Columbus ‘discovered’ the New World. Some 2,500 acres of formal gardens, woodland and grazing fields make this the largest private demesne in Ireland and one of the finest places to visit in Ireland. A Sitka Spruce planted on the estate in the 1830s is among the tallest tree in Ireland and stands guard over King John’s Bridge. Built in 1205 this stone-arched structure, spanning the Clodagh River, is the oldest bridge in Ireland. Twelve miles of famine relief boundary walls and four sturdy wrought iron gates surround the estate.
John F. Kennedy Arboretum, New Ross
A plant collection of international standing with 4,500 types of trees and shrubs from all regions of the world. There are 200 forest plots grouped by continent. Covers 252 hectares.