North Wexford is blessed with a wonderful climate – it deserves its claim to be the Sunny South East.
We’ve got wonderful gardens for you to visit – you can get a cuppa in most places (or lunch), so treat yourself to a day among the blooms and blossoms of this part of Wexford.
Enjoy the history and diversity of our gardens – relax as you enjoy our best nine. Many of the gardens are part of the Wexford Garden Trail as well.
1. Marlfield House is set in 40 acres of woodland, ornamental lake, rose, vegetable and herb gardens, it is a haven of tranquility, with peacocks, hens, dogs and ponies waiting to greet you on your garden walk. Woodlands form the backdrop to meandering paths through an extensive kitchen garden of herbs, vegetables and fruits.
2. Springmount Garden Centre is the perfect venue for both keen and novice gardeners offering a great range of new and unusual plants, trees, fruit, vegetables etc throughout the year. Enjoy refreshments in the Greenhouse Cafe!
3. Wells House has a stunning Victorian Terrace Garden, designed by the renowned architect Daniel Robertson (responsible for the gardens at Powerscourt House and Johnstown Castle among others) between 1830 – 1845. The woodland walk has been named after Lady Francis who lived at Wells House from 1870 with her husband Charles Mervyn.
4. Wexford Lavender Farm is Ireland’s first dedicated Lavender Farm. and has two acres of Lavender with 5,000 plants and three varieties of lavender. Lavender flowers from late June to early September, July and August being the peak time to see lavender plants at their best. A peaceful place to relax, slow down and enjoy the great outdoors!
5. Spanning 17 acres, the Kinbark Gardens in Camolin have various trails and surprises in store. Open Mon-Sat, 9am-4pm. Closed Sunday. Donations to Hope Cancer Support Centre.
6. Cois na hAbhann is a spectacular destination centre in Camolin. It offers a complete range of beautiful high quality plants and a comprehensive giftware department offering an inspiring collection of furniture, giftware, soft furnishings, jewellery and handbags, as well as the Bay Tree Café for a tasty lunch or home-baked cake.
7. Kilmurry Nursery & Garden in Gorey is home to a beautiful herbaceous perennial garden developed on 1.5 acres and includes large orchard and vegetable area in an informal setting. This garden, planted for colour and scent, provides inspiration and ideas for planting combinations. Attached to an award winning nursery where a huge selection of plants is available.
8. Glenavon Japanese Garden is a one-acre garden, created over 10 years in Courtown Harbour. It’s created on the challenging clay Macamore soil, depicts the four seasons and is centred round a beautifully recreated Japanese pavilion. Stone lanterns, statues and other features accentuate this theme and a Liquidambar walk flanks one of the perimeters. There is also a craft shop. Open Sundays and Fridays, May to August, 2pm – 5pm, or by appointment to individuals and groups.
9. The Bay Garden, Camolin, is a two-acre garden surrounding an 18th century farmhouse. From the main lawn, with its serpentine mixed borders, one is led to the Cottage & White Gardens, the Rose Garden, Hot & Funereal borders, Pond Garden, Barn Garden, Woodland & Bog Garden and finally the Vegetable Garden. Open May-September at specific times.