In 2016, Neil Porteous explored two regions of Myanmar (Burma) and details his fascinating experiences from his trip. Neil presents details of the famed botanist and plant explorer Frank Kingdon Ward’s collection at Mount Stewart. Kingdon Ward also travelled to Burma on plant hunting expeditions.
Neil is the Head Gardener at Mount Stewart, Co. Down and head of all the National Trust Gardens in Northern Ireland.
Burtown House is one of two 17th century houses in Kildare to never have been sold, and the only house that you can visit, and have guided tours by family members. It is the only original Quaker house in Ireland that can be visited that is still lived in by the family that built it from this period. The gardens at Burtown are made up of several areas, including large herbaceous borders, shrubberies, a rock garden, a yew walk divided by a pergola, a sundial garden, an old orchard, a more formal stable yard garden, a walled organic vegetable garden and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water. There is a sculpture park set in wildflower meadows with mown pathways. Shop and plant sales area.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, artisan food, retail shop and plant sales area. Burtown now features the award winning Green Barn Restaurant, Gallery and Shop located just inside the front gates. Set in the parkland overlooking their organic kitchen garden it is the ideal spot for a quick stop off or for a more relaxed luncheon style affair. Booking is recommended. Group bookings possible all year round.