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Gardens of Ireland: A Thousand shades of green

May 24th-June 2nd, 2018 | Maximum Group Size: 15 Participants | Availability: Open

Ireland’s climate and persistent landscape designers have created some of the best gardens in the world. We begin our adventure with a tour of Dunloe Castle Gardens; the international collection includes Chilean firs, Australian gums, South African lilies, Japanese maples and North American dogwoods. We’ll continue on to the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House and Gardens, Bantry Bay and the short crossing to Ilnacullin Garden on Garinish Island, the inspiration of a Scotsman who decided in 1910 to turn this gorse-covered rocky outcrop into an Italianate Arts & Crafts garden. We’ll cross the Beara peninsula and visit Derreen Garden, a woodland garden famous for its tree ferns. We will visit Lismore Castle Gardens, believed to be the oldest gardens in Ireland. With visits to Waterford and County Wicklow for a guided tour of Mount Usher gardens, an informal 19th century garden which began as a potato patch and now is home to over 4,000 species of plants, shrubs and trees. With time for Irish tales and the warmth of the people, come experience the magic of Ireland.