Found adjoining Lodge Park in Straffan, County Kildare, this 18th Century walled garden has been under restoration in recent years. The old brick faced walls continue to be clothed with climbers, fruit trees and roses. A magnificent south facing shrub border edged in box hedges and topiaried yew trees runs the length of the garden. Beech hedges divide the different compartments into a white garden, salad parterre, coloured borders, decorative vegetable area, herbaceous border and a walkway of sweet peas.
The newly restored greenhouse contains an interesting collection of unusual plants from all over the world. Outside a small pond is surrounded by beds of colourful annuals. Nearby there is an area where plants are for sale. Another feature of the garden is the outstanding rosarie that is encountered on entering the orchard. The flowers and their scent are at their best during June and July, a heady experience not to be missed.
Wander through the walled garden, with its magnificent north south reflecting border and then visit the adjoining Steam Museum, Steaming Kettle Tea House and Gift Shop to make for an enjoyable summer afternoon.
The Steaming Kettle Tea house, wheelchair access is situated across the courtyard and provides attentive service and home made teas, lunch or dinner by arrangement. Other facilities includes, toilets, gift and garden Shop.
Open limited hours May, June, Aug & Sept or by appointment. Best to check the website as days may vary.