Daffodils are planted everywhere in Ireland. They begin to bloom in late January. The magnificent old gardens of Ireland spring to life in February and March and are filled with an abundance of life by April. The Irish climate – mild winters, mild summers, perfect moisture – is perfect for many northern hemisphere plants and trees. Some of Ireland’s great gardens are found on the remains of colonial-era estates and date from the 18th century. Wealthy land owners sometimes owned shares in the clipper ships that circled the world. Ship captains would return with seeds and saplings from such places as California, Chile and China which were planted in the estate gardens we can visit today.
Three times I’ve had the pleasure of being in Irish gardens in April. One of these trips was an Irish gardens tour that launched my travel business. Here are scenes of my favorite gardens. Links to the gardens’ websites follow the photographs.
There are many books about the gardens of Ireland. One I especially like is entitled The Garden Lover’s Guide to Ireland. It was published in 2001 (in the U.S.) by Princeton Architectural Press. It’s part of a series of garden guides for countries in Europe and as well as four regional guides for the United States. The ISBN is 9781568982700.
Googling for information, pictures and videos to gardens all over Ireland is recommended. I’ve barely begun to introduce readers to the many beautiful gardens to be found there.
For any of these gardens, a search of Google Images will return many beautiful scenes.
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