Archive for ‘Garden Tour’

January 26, 2011

Photos from Irish Gardens – Carmel Duignan’s garden

by Ciaran Burke

I have been looking back at this blog which I made over the course of BLOOM and the Kotipuutarha tour of Irish gardens last June. It was great fun making it and it is really nice to look back on the tour. All the photos were taken using an iPhone. The whole blog was made using an iPhone app!

On my new website over at photoshelter I am busy uploading lots of photographs, and there will be photographs from many of the gardens that we visited on this tour.

One of the gardens we visited was Carmel Duignan’s garden in Shankill, Co. Dublin. Click on the link to see better quality images from her garden, it is a really fantastic garden with great plants.

Carmel Duignan's garden

View of Carmel Duignan's garden


…and of course I am continuously updating my other blog-

June 16, 2010

The Last Night

by Ciaran Burke

Shopping done,we travelled from Kilmurry Nursery  to Acvoca in Kilmacanogue in Co. Wicklow for lunch. More shopping was done, including more plants and seeds. Then it was time for lunch. After lunch it was back to Dublin, Trinity Capital Hotel, where they very nicely supplied plastic bags for everyone to help them pack their plants for taking home.

Their is no problem transporting plants between EU countries, the luggage weight allowance is the greatest obstacle. We explained how to chop back the foliage of herbaceous perennials,”Be brave”. Then take the plant from its pot and knock away the compost, wrap it in dampened newspaper, remember to pack the label, and put them into plactic bags. The wrapped plants can then go in the check-in luggage.

After all that work was done a group as went for an “Irish night”  in the Arlington Hotel. It is not something I would usually enjoy, however, there was surprisingly good food, and although the music wasn’t the greatest, the dancers were excellent.  Then it was back to bed before midnight because the poor Finns had to be up at 3.30 am to go to the airport.

We had a fabulous time, with great company, in beautiful places. I hope all our group has returned home safe and sound. We are glad to be home, the grass needs cutting, the borders need weeding and plants need planting.

Post-tour updates (including group photo) will be published on my main blog site on : (click on blog tab at top of page)

June 16, 2010

Kilmurry Nursery, Gorey, Co. Wexford

by Ciaran Burke

After leaving the Bay garden, we took a short coach trip to Kilmurry nurseries near Gorey in Co. Wexford. It is a family run business, Paul and Orla Woods specialize in growing quality herbaceous perennials and grasses. Orla is an ex-classmate of mine from college, National Botanic Gardens.

Kilmurry are regulars at BLOOM and other horticultural events throughout the year and are members of the Irish Specialist Nurseries Association (ISNA). In the past they have won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their nursery exhibit as well as countless other medals at UK shows and here in reland.

Kilmurry is more than a nursery. They have beautifully planted borders around their house and approaching the nursery. When we arrived, our group dispersed, most took time to k=view the plants growing in the borders, some went straight to the dales area while one lady reclined on a sun lounger to just relax in the floriferous surroundings and take some sun.

Kilmurry nurseries sell wholesale and retail. Plants can also be purchased as mail order.

Kilmurry Nursery website

Photos below – from top:

Path approaching house; Geranium pstilostemon in front of house; twisted stemmed bay tree with Iris forrestii and Primula florindae; Primula florindae; Silene ‘White Robin’ in front of Pericaria polymorpha; sun lounger; copper “tree” in border;Finns in the nursery

June 14, 2010

Bay Garden

by Ciaran Burke

When walking around the woodland garden in Bay Garden, I had a moment of disorientation. I looked around and thought I was in the woodland garden of RHS gardens in Wisley. Ian Mac Donald says that the Wislay garden was his inspiration, and he has certainly achieved his goal. Broad sweeping grass paths lead you through woodland borders packed with interesting herbaceous perennials and choice shrubs.

Elsewhere in this county Wexford garden, you will find a cottage garden, formal rise garden, red borders, a formal pond area and a wonderful meandering path that loses itself amongs prairie style planting.

As we wandered and admired, Tom the cat, was close by. Ian and his wife Frances, who runs a garden tour company, answered all our questions about theplants and gardens. This was the last garden of the tour, but it is not over yet. Kilmurry nurseries next then shopping and lunch in Avoca.

June 13, 2010

More photos from Cedar Lodge

by Ciaran Burke

After leaving Cedar Lodge we had lunch at Jamesons in Middleton and then drove from Cork to Bunclody in Co. Wexford. Tomorrow we visit Bay Garden in Camolin and Kilmurry Nursery, both in Co. Wexford. The time has flown by, we must be enjoying ourselves!

Photos below- from top:
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’; ornamental grasses; Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’; new gravel garden; Dianthus ‘Fire Star’; Helianthemum and Osteospermum; view of front garden; Lilium ‘Lolipop’.

%d bloggers like this: