Woodland Cottage Garden is a member of the wonderful Lough Derg Garden Trail. Located in Birr, County Offaly, the garden has been evolving over the past 30 years and consists of three distinctive areas. To the front of the house is the main lawn, which is flanked by a large mixed herbaceous border on one side. A hidden path leads down to the new rose garden. Here visitors can admire the many circular shapes of the borders, reflection pond and pergola.
Continuing along the rustic path, there is the woodland area. The semi-mature trees are under-planted with spring-flowering bulbs, Hellebores, Anemone nemerosa, Hostas and many other interesting woodland species. Cross the avenue and follow grass pathways that meander through a meadow filled with some fine specimens of both mature and semi-mature trees. Of particular interest are some old heritage apple trees.
After viewing these areas visitors can explore the smaller gardens nearer the house. To one side is an enclosed yard garden, filled with spring-flowering bulbs, nepeta-edged borders and fiery red plants in the autumn. A beautiful Acer ‘Osakazuki’ under-planted with ferns, lily-of-the-valley and hostas dominate one corner. To the other side of the house is a thriving vegetable garden.
Many of the plants seen in the garden are for sale.