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’. Here you will find unusual leafy plants such as mibuna, mizuna and komatsuna amongst more traditional salad varieties. 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.
Kilgraney House is a member of Ireland’s Blue Book.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, art/craft gallery, restricted access for wheelchairs. Accommodation with evening meal available. Self-catering accommodation available. Unsuitable for children, no dogs allowed.
HOW TO FIND US: Situated just off the R705 Bagenalstown – Borris road, the herb gardens are 6km from Bagenalstown.
OPENING TIMES: May-Sept., Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 2- 5 p.m. Groups by appointment.
ADMISSION: €3. Tea or coffee available.