Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens


Reflecting the life and extensive wanderings of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who grew up in Ireland, and whose life journey embraced several parts of the world. The gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs and culture of that country. The Gardens have a wonderful and unique story to tell. In their style and planting they contain elements of the gardening traditions of the countries and cultures traversed by Hearn during his varied life. The journey begins in a Victorian Garden to commemorate Hearn’s happy childhood summers in Tramore. There is an American Garden, a Greek Garden and a traditional Japanese Tea Garden, in addition to a Stream Garden, ponds, a waterfall and an extensive woodland area. The main elements of design are influenced by the tradition of a Japanese Strolling Garden.

  • Name:Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens
  • Address:Pond Road, Co. Waterford
  • Phone:087 0960013
  • Website:
  • Contact:Ms Janet Carey
  • Opening Times:11.00am – 5.00pm, 7 days per week (weather permitting). Please see website for admission fees.
  • Memberships:WatGT
  • Wheelchair Access:Partial