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The gardens at Kilgraney look down upon the very heart of the Barrow Valley. Here we planned and planted a series of gardens with our favourite herbs so that you can admire their foliage and colours and breathe their wonderful fragrant notes. Some are common and easily recognised, some are less familiar, while some are utilitarian and others are simply to be admired. All, however, demonstrate nature's infinite creativity.

Consisting of a series of interconnecting herbal gardens there is a large kitchen garden, a tea walk, a medicinal herb courtyard, a medieval monastic herb garden and a garden of aromatic and fragrant herbs. The enclosed kitchen garden supplies the guesthouse with fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs and has been run on organic lines for over ten years. In this modern rectangular 'potager' you will find unusual leafy plants such as mibuna, mizuna and komatsuna amongst more traditional salad varieties. Next to the kitchen garden is the tea walk, a short gravel path lined on one side with plants suitable for infusions and herbal teas.

The medicinal garden, set in a granite courtyard, consists of nine raised beds in Irish oak timber. Each bed is planted with herbs suitable for treating a particular part of the body. In 2011 we extended this garden to include an oncology bed planted with herbs and shrubs such as Irish Yew, Madagascan Periwinkle and American Mandrake, all of which are used in plant-based anti-cancer drugs.

In a lower courtyard you will find an aromatic garden planted with herbs and flowers for fragrance and for their usefulness in cosmetic preparations. In an adjoining courtyard there is a modern interpretation of a medieval monastic herb garden with four oak raised beds surrounded on two sides by an oak timber cloister. Finally, there's a cottage herb garden and a cosmic herb garden: a wheel shaped herb garden divided into twelve beds, each section containing the herbs associated with a different zodiac sign.