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65. Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

 

These gardens and arboretum are a great pleasure to walk around and the variety of trees seem endless. Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located near the village of Inistioge and were once considered one of the great gardens of Ireland.

The gardens are now (2010) undergoing restoration and features include the flower terraces, winter garden, monkey puzzle walk, the noble fir walk and the arboretum. The design and concept of the gardens are due to Colonel William Tighe and his wife Lady Louisa Lennox between 1840and 1900.

 

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The ruins of Woodstock House built in 1745. It was destroyed in a fire in 1922 and is somewhat unstable!

 

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The Garden Terrace Winter, the steps down from it originally lead to the croquet lawn!

 

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The Winter Garden Terrace looks out to the rolling hills north-east of Woodstock House.

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The arboretum was the focus of a considerable amount of exotic tree planting in the 19th century. The area was chosen to best display the growing trees and apparently visitors in the 1860s and 1870s were very impressed with what they saw.

 

 

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Lebanon Cedar and sweet chestnut trees-

 

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The iron gates of the entrance to the walled garden.

 

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Scenes in the walled garden.

 

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Lots of lovely flowers in the walled garden.

 

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The flower garden terrace north-west of the walled garden.

 

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The lovely Victorian iron framework of the Turner Conservatory ...

 

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... which has been converted to a smashing little cafe.

 

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The roof of the Turner Conservatory.

 

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The walled garden after the sun came out!

 

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The attractive wrought iron gate into the walled garden.

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Some interesting trees by the 'cafe'

 

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The dovecot behind the Turner Conservatory

 

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Right: Some lovely wood carvings by the carthouse.

Right:  View of the inside of the dovecot - the brick cavities for the doves

 

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The rose garden! Wrong time of the year!

 

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General view of the Turner Conservatory, the flower garden terrace and the western corner of the walled garden.

 

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The inscription on the walled garden wall reads

"Any day here teaches proportion, any walk sketches infinity"

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