One of the largest Spanish chestnuts in the country greets you on arrival to 2.5 acres 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 – lilac coloured Erysimum, yellow helianthus, beds of old roses, downy variegated mint, mimosa, blue agapanthus, California tree poppies, Chinese foxgloves and much, much more. The grass paths take you past the pond with lilies and fish to espaliered apple trees, Lobelia tupa, 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. Created by Sheila Reeves Smyth who gardened here for 35 years until her death in 2018. Now in the care of her daughter and son-in-law, Mark and Justina McKeever.
FACILITIES: Wheelchair accessible.
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 the next cross roads – the gardens are 550m on the right hand side.
OPEN: Daily 2 – 6 p.m. May – August inclusive. Open at other times by
arrangement. Groups very welcome
ADMISSION: Adults €5 (in aid of Cancer Research). Tea, coffee and lunches available to groups on request.
Under the Government’s approved Phase 1 of easing of Covid-19 restrictions from Monday 18th May 2020, please note:
Hardymount Gardens is reopening their gardens on Monday 18th May 2020 to the public -adhering to all social distancing guidelines issued by the HSE. Please check for further updates on the Carlow Tourism Website.
Please continue to check the HSE website https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/newsfeatures/covid19-updates/ for further updates and continue to monitor our social media pages.