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Mount Usher Gardens

Mount Usher Gardens
Co Wicklow

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Area: Republic of Ireland

Mount Usher Gardens -- Republic of Ireland
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Mount Usher Gardens
Last Update*  24-02-2014
Republic of Ireland

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

1st March - 3rd November; Daily; 10.30am - 5.30pm

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Easy access to Gardens and Avoca Cafe
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: No
Guided tours organised but they must be booked in advance. A guided tour takes approx 90 minutes

House Open for Viewing: No

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National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Bulbs in meadows, rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias & magnolias.
Eucalyptus, Nothofagus, Oaks and Ecryphia showing autumn colours
More than 24 of the Champion trees of The British Isles and Ireland
 Admission Prices
Adult € 7.50, Child € 3.50; Over 60s & Students over 16 yrs € 6.50
Group Rates for 20 or more, Adults € 6.50, OAPs & Students € 5.50
Guided Tours (€ 55 extra) must be booked well in advance.
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: No
Dogs Allowed: No
On Lead only: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:
Special evening events. Craft Courtyard. Guide dogs permitted. Avoca Cafe
Members of Houses Castles and Gardens of Ireland, Dublin Garden Group and Wicklow Gardens Festival, Wicklow & Dublin Tour Route
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
The gardens harbour approx. 5000 different species of plants, shrubs and trees. English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection: Nothofagus and Eucryphia
 Description of Garden
Mount Usher is a privately owned garden of some 20 acres, standing in the sheltered valley of the Vartry river as it flows down from the Devil's Glen, 27 miles south of Dublin and 2 miles from the sea. The house, around which the garden was founded, was attached to a water mill, which used the power of the Killiskey river (a tributary of the Vartry) to turn its wheel. Spectacular pinus montezumae, bluebells, rhododendrons and plants and shrubs that benefit from the particular climate that Mount Usher enjoys, thrive here but not elsewhere in the British Isles. A grove of eucalyptus, a kiwi-fruit vine and a huge Eucryphia make every visit memorable. It boasts the tallest Cornus capitata (18m) in the British Isles and many other record trees.
 History of Garden
The garden dates back to approximately 1860. The design was inspired by William Robinson. Five generations of the Walpole family were passionate garden-lovers and the gardens were developed by one or other members of each generation. They were fortunate to have the advice of several great horticulturalists such as Sir Frederick Moore, Sir John Ross of Bladensburg, E. A. Bowles, Augustine Henry and others. The ambition of the present owner is to keep Mount Usher, if possible, as beautiful and interesting as it was under the stewardship of previous owners.
Today the gardens are owned by Mrs Madelaine Jay, but managed by The Avoca Group who have added immensely to this world famous 'Robinsonian Jewel'.
 Nearby Republic of Ireland Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Grand Hotel, Wicklow
Hunter's Hotel & Restaurant was a coaching Inn
Chester Beatty's in Ashford
Inns & Pubs:
Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Avoca Handweavers, Avoca, Co. Wicklow The oldest working mill in Ireland
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