One of the largest Spanish chestnuts in the country greets you on arrival to Hardymount Gardens, 2.5 acres (1 hectare) of lawns and shrubs surrounded by magnificent beech and oak trees. A wonderful walled garden behind the house contains many unusual plants and flowers in the herbaceous border.The grass paths take you past the pond with lilies and fish to espaliered apple trees, a pergola clothed with wisteria and underplanted with hollyhocks and foxgloves and on to a vegetable garden. A summer house at the end of the garden in a sheltered corner provides a quiet area for rest and relaxation.
“Sheila Reeves Smyth puts her work and effort into a garden that will give pleasure for the length of the summer and into autumn. Trellis, espaliered apples and the wisteria tunnel all create a pleasing division of the space and structure in the walled garden.Each little area feels private and secluded. But the overall picture does not look contrived or “designed”. Hardymount is well cared for but not overly manicured, a relaxed country garden.”
O’ Brien Guide to Irish Gardens by Shirley Lanigan.
HOW TO FIND US:
From Dublin – through the town of Tullow onto the Bunclody road N81. Turn right after the Topaz petrol station, on the outskirts of the town.
Turn right at next cross roads, Hardymount Gardens are 550 metres on the right hand side.
GPS: 52.798787, -6.7612269
Daily 2.00 to 6.00 p.m. May to August inclusive. Open at other times by arrangement. Groups very welcome.
Adults €5. In aid of Cancer Research
Address: Tullow, Co. Carlow.