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Powerscourt Estate


Located at Enniskerry, one of Irelands great gardens, Powerscourt Estate, is situated twelve miles south of Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains.


The picture may show how lovely the gardens correspond to the surrounding landscape. From many places you can catch good views to the prominent Sugarloaf Mountain.

The 18th century house, which was gutted by fire in 1974 has an innovative new use, incorporating a terrace restaurant overlooking the garden, speciality shops and an exhibition on the history of the Estate.

The japanese garden dates from 1908. A series of concentric paths leads the visitor around this marvellous garden.

In the inner circle you find a small pagoda, often used as a nice place to rest, and you may lean on small bridges with the river floating below. I visited the garden in early spring, so the beautiful pink and red flowers had not yet appeared.


Statues of Diana (picture), Apollo, statues of angles symbolizing victory and honour, where erected on a new terrace in 1840, designed by Daniel Robertson. Two representations of Pegasus as well, the mythic animal appearing in the blazen of the Wingfield-Family.



Visit the Official Homepage of Powerscourt House and Gardens!


Muckross House and Gardens

Muckross House and Gardens form a special part of the Killarney National park.

Muckross House was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. Designed by the Scottish architect William Burn, it was completed in 1843. During the 1850s, the Herberts undertook extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. These beginnings were followed by a development period early in the 20th century, when the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and Stream Garden were constructed.

In 1932, Arthur Bourn Vincent donated Muckross to the Irish state. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established in 1972.

Muckross Gardens are best to visit between the months of April and July, because during this time they are showing a beautiful adornment of red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons.

After having strolled through the artificial wilderness of the splendid Muckross gardens, you may wish to explore the visitor complex. It contains a Garden Restaurant, a Craft Shop, Mucros Weaving, Mucros Pottery and the Conservation Bookbinding workshop. Some visitors prefer relaxing on the grass.

From Muckross Gardens you can drive through Killarney Park by bicycle. Many splendid views, especially near the lakeside, will reward you. Muckross traditional farms or Muckross abbey - destroyed by Cromwell - are also remarkable destinctions.



You will get much interesting information about Muckross House and Gardens on this informative Website.

The Phoenix

When I drove on the coastal road R 561 from Castlemaine to Dingle, I stopped seeing the beautiful icon of transformation, nicely painted on a wall: the Phoenix.

I learned, that in 1993 a Swiss family with five children had moved to the Dingle Peninsula and bought a derilict farm house on a field of two acres.

Today you will find a marvellous place to rest or even stay some nights in one of the pleasant rooms or even camping. And you can spend a night in one of the nicely painted so called Gypsy caravans.

Out of a small garden emerged one acre of organic gardens with a small stream, beautiful ponds and exotic & natural flora. The picture shows, how the energetic figure of the spiral is used for planting herbs and lowers.

The picture shows, how the form of the pyramid is used to improve the gardens energetic quality.

A beautiful restaurant makes a really enchanting place for a relaxing meal. Yo can enjoy organic wholefoods, local cheeses, home grown organic salads and herbs, exotic Mediteranian style snacks and romantic candle lit dinners.