Sunday 28th July 2013 Duckett's Grove - Fun for all the family
Music in the garden and Teddy Bear's Picnic
Enjoy a fun day out for the whole family in Duckett's Grove, a ruined gothic mansion dating to the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. Sit back, relax and listen to the wonderful sounds of Beef Supreme, the renowned blue grass band on the lawns of the walled gardens. Pack a picnic or order one from the divine tea rooms. T: 085 113 6075 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Kids can also take teddy on a great day out. Dress him in his Sunday best and win a prize. On hand will be a special Teddy Bear's Hospital where Teddy's ailments are tended to with attention. All old, ill or torn teddy bears can be brought here to be mended and loved back to health - with years of experience the team at the Teddy Bear Hospital will work their magic. Kids can also participate in the Teddy Bears Workshop running every 45 minutes throughout the afternoon where they will learn how to make a teddy bear crown to make and bring to the picnic. Materials supplied. Animal lovers can look forward to a dedicated pet farm featuring rabbits, miniature ponies, donkeys, turkeys and lots more. Face painting, together with bouncy castle and displays from Carlow IT Dance team complete the line up for this fun packed afternoon.
This is a great opportunity to visit Duckett's Grove Design - Craft and Gift Emporium, selling high quality artisan craft and also four individual craft workshops featuring products made on site by a jeweller, felter and stained glass artist. Take a glimpse into the past history of the Duckett family and enjoy self-guided tours of this fabulous ruined mansion which can be booked at Duckett's Grove Design at a cost of €2 per person extra.
Tea room serving tea, coffee, delicious cakes and light snacks.
Venue: Duckett's Grove, 10 Minutes from Carlow, Tullow and Castledermot.
GPS: N 52.858766, W -6.812052
Time: 2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. €5 per car
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duckett's grove walled gardens and pleasure grounds
Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th and early 20th century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 12,000 acre (4,856 hectares) estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. In September 2005 during Heritage Week, Carlow Country Council acquired Duckett’s Grove and commenced the restoration of two inter-connecting walled gardens.
The Upper Walled Garden, hedged with boxwood, is planted with historical varieties of shrub roses, a collection of Chinese and Japanese peonies, a great variety of hardy and tender perennials and choice flowering shrubs including Echium, Watsonia, Acanthus, Jovellana, Daphniphyllum, Acradenia, Arbutus, Cornus, Iris, Eryngium, Beschorneria, Euporbia, and to really test the microclimate of the gardens, some ornamental bananas.
The Lower Walled Garden, once the site of the old orchard, contains a variety of fruits, including figs and historical varieties of Irish apples amongst others. The borders also contain a variety of shrubs and perennials all echoing the past history of the gardens and people associated with Duckett’s Grove.
Restored paths and the repaired sunken stone bridge plus plantings of oak, lime, hazel, spindle and laurel rekindle the spirit of the Georgian Pleasure Grounds.
“Spectemur agendo – Let us be judged by our actions.” Duckett Family Motto