Historic homes and gardens throw open their gates

Some of the country’s most historic houses and gardens will throw open their gates to the public as part of a new garden festival taking place next month.

A total of 15 gardens, comprising 12 privately owned gardens throughout Co Waterford and three garden centres, are taking part in the first ever Waterford Garden Trail Festival.

Some of the great houses taking part include Lismore Castle, Cappoquin House and Garden and Dromana House and Gardens.

Lord Burlington of Lismore Castle said yesterday it was only right that gardens traditionally enjoyed by their owners should now be open to the wider public. “I feel very lucky. It is such a pleasure for me and my family when people come through our gates to see our gardens and our gallery. It astounds me sometimes when I learn how far people have travelled.”

The festival also includes mock archaeological digs, bug hotel building, a family-focused photographic competition, nature walks, painting, a falconry display, bee-keeping workshops and more.

According to festival chairperson, Kristin Jameson, there is a lot of interest in a very special nature walk along the riverbank and garden paths of Dromana House with RTÉ’s Eanna Ní Lamhna, and a painting workshop at Tourin House with artist Andrea Jameson.

On the trail

Gardens on the trail include:

Abbey Road Garden in Ferrybank.

Ballyin Garden in Lismore.

Ballynatray Estate in Youghal; 850-acres featuring breathtaking views of the Blackwater.

Cappoquin House and& Gardens; an 18th century Georgian mansion and gardens.

Curraghmore Estate; a magnificent house and estate in the valley of the Clodagh river.

Dromana House and& Gardens, Cappoquin.

Fairbrook House in Killmeaden.

Lismore Castle Gardens.

Mount Congreve Gardens in Kilmeaden.

Salterbridge House and& Gardens, Cappoquin.

Tourin House and& Gardens in Cappoquin.

Tramore House Gardens.

Blackwater Garden Centre in Youghal Bay.

Orchardstown Garden Centre near Tramore.

Easter Island Garden Centre in Waterford City.

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