kilgraney
Herb Gardens
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Explore the experience

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.

For 2018 season we’ve introduced a series of "Open Day Sundays" at Kilgraney Herb Gardens. These Open Days incorporate a guided tour of the gardens and will offer garden visitors a brief history of the property, an overview of the design and development of the gardens and an opportunity to share our experiences of growing and using herbs for cooking and remedies. There’ll also be an opportunity to try some herbal teas or tisanes.

Afternoon tea available after the tour. Craft gallery and shop open.

Gardens are open from 2.00pm with a guided tour and talk at 3.00pm Entrance Fee - €5.00

'Open Day Sundays"  Dates

Sunday May 20th

Sunday June 3rd

Sunday June 17th

Sunday July 1st

Sunday July 29th

Sunday August 5th

Sunday August 12th

Thursday August 2nd Carlow Garden Trail Open Day and Talk. Entrance Fee - €10.00

Gardens are open at weekends between May and September by prior appointment. Groups by prior arrangement only. Unsuitable for children. Limited wheelchair access.

 

We regret that the main house is not open to garden visitors

The Kitchen Garden

The enclosed kitchen garden supplies the guesthouse with fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs and has been run on organic lines for over tetwenty 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.

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Medicinal Herb Courtyard

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.

Lower  Courtyard

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.

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The Orchards

The main orchard at the end of the tennis court, through the Yew arch, was the original orchard and has been replanted with heritage apple varieties from around Ireland.

The ajoinging orchards are planted with quince, medelars, plums, greengages, pears and cherry trees..

Tea Room and Gallery

The Tea Room and Gallery occupies a space which was formerly the tack room within the stable and coach-house block.

For groups of ten or more with advance notice; we offer a selection of leaf teas, coffees and herbal teas and a selection of cakes, scones and home-made cookies for visitors to our herb gardens.

A selection of ceramics and textiles are on display for sale.

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