Ireland’s ancient heritage, goes back to our earliest settlers, and permeates all of our history, to the present, including the food on our plates, the layout of our towns and villages, the very essence of what it is to live here.
2020 Discover the Gardens and Homes of Ireland
Come with us, on our Garden & Lifestyle Tour, May 29th – June. Experience private garden & landmark tours, expert talks from author Turtle Bunbury and a member of the Guinness family with tastings, demos, and a ‘Secret Ireland Day’. Enjoy luxury accommodation, culinary delights and legendary hospitality. Tour Cost: $5,600 per person Included: Transport ,drivers and expert guides (flights not included),accommodation, breakfasts, six lunches and group dinners on three nights. All garden private tours, landmark tours, talks, tastings, experiences and admissions.
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The history of gardens in Ireland has also been dictated by the climate. The benign temperate climate is extremely favourable for the growth of a wide range of trees and shrubs as well as perennial plants. This, together with the geology of the country which has been shaped by two glacial periods, has led to a great diversity of growing conditions in a relatively small area.
Reference to gardens and gardening in Ireland goes back to the monks in the Middle ages. The main objective of gardening was to provide medicinal herbs and vegetables for daily living. The seventeenth century saw the beginning of cottage gardening and Ireland attracted a number of Protestant refugees who had small settlements around the country. Plant collectors were a significant development in the 18th and 19th century and these bought back exotics from abroad, many of which are common in our gardens today.