Savour the experience of painting in the stunning surrounds of Kilgraney House and Herb Gardens. Take your pencils, pens and paints outside for an afternoon of exploration and sketching in the company of the talented artist Gethyn Gibson. Helpful advice to guide your brush and pen strokes is on hand to make sure you bring home your own garden masterpiece.
At the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East is its lush, green and fertile countryside. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the River Barrow Valley, stretched out before you, from your base at Kilgraney House. Absorb the fresh green of pastures, the honeyed hues of ripening grain and breathe a little deeper!
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 consists of gravel paths and eleven raised timber beds of varying sizes grouped to form a modern rectangular ‘’potager’’. 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. In a lower courtyard is an aromatic garden planted with herbs for fragrance and also 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. A circular cosmic garden helps to explain and facilitate our understanding of the ancient belief that there is a connection between people, plants, planets and constellations.