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The largest garden in Ireland; the grounds at Birr Castle contain both formal and informal gardens, wildflower meadows, an exotic tree collection, a fernery, a lake and the worlds tallest box hedges.


The formal gardens hedges, seen at the top of the photo, have been formed to suggest the windows of a monastery.

The formal gardens were created in 1935 to celebrate the marriage of the current Earl's mother whom also established the design of the garden. At the center of the formal gardens are two Bavarian urns. One urn is shown in the above photo. The urns are over 300 years old. Surrounded by hedges containing openings like gothic style windows, these formal gardens take their inspiration from the layout of a monastic cloister.

More pages on Birr Castle and its gardens:
The telescope
The gardens
Ireland's Historic Science Center
Outside links:
Official Website

 

More pages on Ireland Gardens

Ireland Gardens
Johnstown Castle Garden
Mount Stewart Garden
Birr Castle Garden
Blarney Castle Garden
Dublin Castle Garden
 

 



Photo Above - once again I use my son to show off the size of a natural feature, this time a tree at Birr Castle.

Photo above - the Millennium garden

The gardens of Birr Castle are actually referred to as Birr Castle Demesne. The Demesne name is historic and refers to all lands of the estate, including the buildings. With in the Demesne of Birr Castle you will find a lake, streams, a number of gardens, meadows, and woodlands comprised of plants collected from all over the world. The Birr Castle Demesne is renowned not only for its large variety of plants but also for its extensive tree collection.

For almost 400 years the Parsons family have worked on and contributed their own unique features to the Demesne. The gardens contain some of the oldest and ,the tallest, boxwood hedges in the world, and over a 1000 variety of trees and shrubs. Among the gardens is a Fernery that dates back to the 1840's.

Between visiting the science center and the gardens plan for a fair amount of walking.

 

Click on a photo above to view it in a large size, photos will open in a new window.

During the 1970's it became financially difficult for the family to maintain the gardens to their previous level. Today, many of the gardens at Birr Castle are under restoration.

Go to the Birr Castle top page

Ireland's Historic Science Center is located right on the grounds of Birr Castle

 


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Page last updated August 2008
Much of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland