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Visit to the Aras.

11 September 2017 12:33:15

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On Saturday last I was lucky enough to visit Aras an Uachtarain with the Irish Garden Plant Society. We had a lovely tour with the head gardener which lasted for over two hours. He was very kind to give us so much of his time and I know all the members enjoyed it. Robert(Rhody) who is a member on the site was also there with his wife Kathleen and as always it is great to meet up with them. 

Jackie, your dahlia, the yellow one with the splashes of orange was growing in the walled garden. We learned from the gardener that it is an Irish dahlia introduced by Christopher White, a well known dahlia breeder and he was selling them at Bloom, where you bought yours. However, I missed the name of the dahlia, typical.

To the side of the house there was a Peace Bell erected to mark the Good Friday Agreement and alongside it were three upright Irish Oaks planted by O'Bama, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Mary Mc Aleese,  the week that they were visiting Ireland. There are lots of trees, mainly Irish Oak, planted by heads of state growing throughout the gardens. 

A fantastic Turner peach house has been restored and is planted with old varieties of peaches and vines. It is wonderful to see the scale of it as it covers one side of the walled garden, but a summer house, also designed by Turner, is waiting to be restored.

I will up-load an album later.


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DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 11 September 2017 12:38:09

My last visit to the Aras was when presenting Military Honors to a visiting head of state !  Unfortunately garden tours were not included in itineraries!!! Must take a trip again some day .


Jacinta D Jacinta D 11 September 2017 12:52:24

It looks fabulous, Mary. I was looking at photos on Facebook posted by Jenny Constable and was wondering about the dips at the base of the glasshouse. I should have realised that their vines have been planted outside, and trained up under the frames.


fraoch fraoch 11 September 2017 16:00:58

Lovely photos, Mary. I was there with a group a year or two ago and we walked round the gardens but didn't get a guided tour.


Scrubber Scrubber 11 September 2017 18:08:30

Mary Micilin Dee was delighted you enjoyed your Visish and if you ever need to go again he will have saushages and black puddin' for tea.


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 September 2017 20:36:50

Declan, tells us more.

Jacinta, it was well supported by people coming from the north, south and the Dublin area. 

Heather, I think you can get a bus every Saturday from the visitors centre in the Phoenix Park and it costs nothing.

Peter, poor Michael is worn out by the All Ireland Finals. We did bring gifts, a Cornus 'Kilmacurragh Rose' and a copy of An Plandai Oidhreachta.


Michele Maria Michele Maria 11 September 2017 21:32:55

I enjoyed looking at your album photos especially the walled garden... and isn't  that blubell sculpture wonderful?


JoanG JoanG 11 September 2017 21:34:27

Gorgeous album Mary.  To my shame as a Dublin resident, I have never visited the Aras and clearly must rectify that after seeing your photos.  The dahlia display in the walled garden is fabulous. 


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:39:08

I did the tour of the Aras a few years ago. It was well worth doing! Even the regular tour spend quite a decent amount of time in the gardens!


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