Ireland Gardening – Altamont Gardens

Episode: 5
Title: Ireland Gardening – Altamont Gardens
16th April
Trevor Cochrane

In Ireland, Trevor showcases Altamont Gardens, a beautiful, old garden built in the 17th century.

  • Widely respected as a jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens.
  • The estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in avenues and woodland areas, and also exotic specimens throughout the gardens.
  • It is one of Ireland’s finest collections of exotic trees and shrubs, collected from all around the world.
  • When the last owner of the garden, Carona North, passed away in 1999, she gave the property to the people of Ireland and ever since it has been under the stewardship of the Office of Public Works.
  • In the 1840’s, the Dawson Borrer family worked at refurbishing and altering house and gardens, adding a lake that was dug as relief work for the local population during the Irish famine.
  • The best time to visit the gardens is late May and early June, during the peak flowering period but anytime during the summer months is well worth the visit.

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