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Gash Gardens

Garden Lovers

Phone:+353 (0)57 87 32247
Address: Castletown, Portlaoise.

In 1984, nurseryman Noel Keenan converted a paddock into a garden. Today, Gash Gardens covers over four acres and is managed by Noel’s daughter Mary and her husband Ross.

The gardens incorporates a large rock garden with rare alpines, a heath garden, charming old style roses, splendidly colourful herbaceous borders, rhododendrons and an unusual tree and shrub collection - feature a collection of unusual plants and fine specimen trees.

The season begins with a display of alpines and rhododendrons. Of particular note is a fuschia-flowered gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) that flowers until May. In June, the laburnum tunnel is a highlight. All summer, herbaceous borders and island beds provide a continuous succession of colour. The Persian ironwood (Parrotia persica), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and Katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) provide a spectacular seasonal finale.

Water is a linking element throughout the garden. Visitors can sit inside the Moon House and watch water cascade from above. A hidden walkway leads to a looped walk along the River Nore.

Open:      May to September       

Monday – Saturday: 10.00am – 5:00pm.      Admission € 5.00

Due to the specialist nature of the gardens, children are not admitted.

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