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Gash Gardens are a plant enthusiast’s garden in County Laois, created by an Irish dairy farmer.

Noel Keenan was a dairy farmer with a passion for horticulture. In the mid 1980s he set about transforming four acres of grazing farmland into a garden alongside the River Nore, near the picturesque village of Castletown and 20 minutes from Portlaoise.

Gash Gardens offers the visitor borders packed with a blend of vibrant and unusual planting amid still ponds, meandering streams and a riverside walk.

Managed by Noel’s daughter Mary with her husband Ross, Gash Gardens is suited to garden lovers, plant enthusiasts, keen photographers or individuals seeking a peaceful day surrounded by beauty and nature at the foot of the Slieve Blooms.

Tips from locals

A hidden path leads to a looped walk along the meandering river Nore.

Free car parking
Family friendly
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Contact details
Gash, Castletown, Co. Laois, R32 K068, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1.5 to 2 hours here.

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