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Birr Castle Gardens.

In Gardening on June 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Yesterday was my Mother’s 75th birthday and rather than visiting her at home where she would be cooking and catering for us, we all met up and went to Birr Castle Gardens. It was a two hour drive for us and one hour for her. On arrival we had lunch and then spent a few hours in the garden.

The castle itself is still lived in by the Parsons family who have lived here since 1620. It is not open to the public except for occasional events throughout the year.

There is a fabulous Paeony collection, every shade of pink, plus white and of course the familiar cottage garden favourite, dark red. These ones had a lovely light scent.

These box hedges are over 300 years old and according to the Guinness Book of Records they are the tallest in the world.

My favourite part of the garden is the Victorian Fernery, especially the waterfall.Heading to the walled garden. Lovely golden weeping Beech on the left, never saw one of those before.

Water Lilies just breaking into flower in the stream beneath the bridge.

Part 2 tomorrow.