Kilgraney takes it’s name from the Irish “cill gréine,” which means “sunny hill” or “sunny wood”. These wooded and secluded grounds overlook the tranquil Barrow Valley and are situated halfway between Carlow Town and Kilkenny City.
Kilgraney comprises a series of interconnecting herbal gardens, a large kitchen garden, tea walk, medicinal herb courtyard, mediaeval monastic herb garden, and a garden of aromatic and fragrant herbs. The enclosed kitchen garden supplies the guesthouse with fruit, vegetables and herbs and has been run on organic lines for more than 10 years.
Next to the kitchen garden is the tea walk, a short gravel path lined on one side with plants suitable for infusions and herbal teas. The medicinal garden, set in a granite courtyard, consists of nine raised beds in Irish oak timber. Each bed is planted with herbs suitable for treating a particular part of the body.
In a lower courtyard there is an aromatic garden planted with herbs for fragrance and also for their usefulness in cosmetic preparations. In an adjoining courtyard there is a modern interpretation of a medieval monastic herb garden with four oak-raised beds surrounded on two sides by an oak timber cloister. Finally, a circular cosmic garden helps to explain and facilitate our understanding of the ancient belief that there is a connection between people, plants, planets and constellations.
The main house is not open to garden visitors.