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The Purrfect Pet from the Pavilion!

Posted by Carmel Byrne on Feb 10, 2016 3:34:37 PM


Introducing Milly!

We have always had a number of feral cats living here at Powerscourt Estate. They are usually found hanging out in the old farm buildings and whilst they serve a purpose in keeping the mice count down we felt it was time to address the issue from a humane point of few. It was heart breaking to see kittens having kittens and then not being able to look after them. My colleague Brenda approached the management team here at Powerscourt and they gave us their full support to undertake a neutering program. We found a wonderful veterinary practice in Roundwood and Bernie and her team agreed to help us out, without costing an arm and a leg! I volunteered to drop the cats in and collect them as I was passing by on my way home.

The first couple were successfully neutered and released back without any drama. I got a call from Justin in the Garden Pavilion to say he had trapped a kitten but it was very small. I called over to collect it on my way home to drop it in to the vets and when I saw the little mite I felt quite emotional. She was so tiny, a jet black ball of shivering fur curled up in the cat trap. It hissed a little as I placed her in the boot of the car, but I never hear another peep out of her all the way to Roundwood. When I got to the vets I left her in the care of the staff but I just couldn’t get her out of my mind. Bernie phoned to say she was a little on the small side but she would go ahead with neutering her, but she had to keep her for an extra night as she was so tiny. Her size indicated a kitten of about 3 months old but she was in fact about 5 months! The following day we trapped the mother and she was quite the opposite well fed and well able to live at the Garden Pavilion! Again I dropped her into the vets and agreed to collect her and the kitten on Saturday morning. I planned to keep them both for the weekend and release them out on Monday. A very different story unfolded.

 I collected them both on Saturday morning and admittedly I was even afraid of the mother feline as she was well and truly wild. The little black kitten on the other hand looked more vulnerable than ever with her bare patch and stitches. I knew I hadn’t the heart to let her back out! Mother cat was getting anxious in the cage and unfortunately I could not let her out as she was too wild to handle, so myself and my two kiddies brought her back to Powerscourt on Sunday morning. My son was concerned that she would bite me when I was holding the cage open but I explained to him that she was planning her escape and not too concerned about my hand. With that she bolted and was gone. The staff in the Garden Pavilion still leave food out for her and the other cats everyday especially as the weather has been so cold.

 We now knew the kitten was female and I had agreed to keep her at home to build her up a bit, but in the back of my mind I knew I wasn’t going to let her go. I didn’t want to build up the children’s hopes just in case things didn’t work out. Rather than having her in the cage that we caught her in we decided to try her in a hamster cage that we had at home. She was so tiny in the hamster cage but she was a lot more content. She used her litter tray immediately and lapped up the warm milk with great gusto. After a couple of days we decided to try and pet her and although she cowered away there was no loss of anyone’s fingers. We did this everyday so she got used to us and each day she got more used the noise and hustle and bustle of a busy household. At this stage it was obvious she was going nowhere so we named her Tilly.

With every passing day she gained weight and grew bigger and is now a member of the family. She sleeps by day under the duvet in the bedroom and in the evening when we arrive home she is hugged, kissed, petted and played with! There are times when she just wants her quiet time and sits on my shoulders and sings but early in the morning she has great energy and is like a bolt of lightning running around the kitchen. She loves chasing shadows, playing ball and playing hard to catch! She is still nervous of outside but in time we will introduce her to a whole new world of adventure and discovery. (For further tips of taming).

 Thanks to my colleague Brenda for initiating this program, to Justin Smyth in the Garden Pavilion for helping us to catch them, to Powerscourt Management for covering the cost of the programme and an especially big thank you goes to Tess and Finn for their patience and love for Tilly, they have done me proud.

 Now is the perfect time to trap and neuter cats before they have Spring kittens.  “Feral” cats are abandoned cats or the offspring of abandoned cats and are not vermin. They are sentient creatures as entitled to life as any “tame” pet. Neutering not only prevents more kittens but it also reduces straying and fighting, and marking by male cats. Contact your local vets and they can refer you to a charity who can loan you a trap and can often help you find a vet offering reduced cost neutering. Roundwood Vets have been very good to us. (It has been relatively easy to “tame” Tilly, using the hamster cage (or a dog crate would work too) to let her experience family life while feeling safe with her own space. Children should be supervised with kittens as the kittens are so delicate and can scratch if they are frightened (when they are sitting on your lap and purring and grip you with their claws this is actually showing affection!). Do share us your stories! For more feral cats advice see


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Daniel O'Donnell & Friends St. Stephen's Day Showcase at Powerscourt House

Posted by Brenda Comerford on Jan 6, 2016 10:52:38 AM

Blog Post by Kerry Gordon




It was an absolute pleasure to finish off my third year of blogging for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens with the wonderful opportunity to watch the filming of a St Stephen’s Day RTE TV special, Daniel O'Donnell and Friends. With Powerscourt House sparkling with festive glee it was a showcase of duets with Daniel and other performers - and a bit of magic and chat included too!



Powerscourt House has often been used in major films and TV shows but there was something extraordinary about seeing Ireland’s beloved Daniel O’Donnell performing to a crowd of his wonderful fans. Great singers Shane Filan, Una Foden, Declan Nearney and Derek Ryan had the crowd singing and dancing.


Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing performed the American Smooth one more time with Daniel, Keith Barry was up to trickery with Majella O’Donnell, Pat Shortt popped in to surprise us all and Packie Bonner was happy for a chat with his neighbour Daniel.




Daniel O’Donnell’s supporters and fans are amongst the best in the world and the atmosphere was one of the warmest and happiest I have ever encountered.


Daniel’s loyal fans proved their worth on St Stephen’s Day as Daniel O’Donnell and Friends, was the most watched entertainment show of the evening in Ireland with 391,200 viewers tuning in!


Powerscourt looked beautiful and full of Christmas Joy. Thank you to RTE and Big Mountain Productions for a fabulous Christmas Special.



Happy New Year!


Daniel’s official website with details of his tour dates and fan club is here

With thanks to

You can watch the show on RTE Player

About Kerry Gordon:

Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow, Ireland with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall, walking Powerscourt Gardens, followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea in Avoca at Powerscourt House. 

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Posted by Brenda Comerford on Dec 16, 2015 11:02:31 AM


Alex our Head Gardener recently had the pleasure of showing his cousins Anthony and Sarah Wingfield, the 11th Viscount and Viscountess Powerscourt, around the Gardens on their first visit since Anthony inherited the title. Anthony has always had a particular interest in the many wonderful specimen trees at Powerscourt and Alex drew his attention to one of his favourites. Visitors often comment on what seems like a giant, weeping Holly tree and that is essentially what Ilex aquifolium ‘Pendula’ is! The sheer size of our tree is most unusual and Alex thinks it must be at least one hundred and sixty years old. It is a regular holly root stock grafted onto a Weeping Holly and you can still see the graft line.

Grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues from one plant are inserted into those of another so that the two sets of vascular tissues may join together. This vascular joining is called inosculation. The technique is most commonly used in asexual propagation of commercially grown plants for the horticultural and agricultural trades. For example this technique is used to produce much shorter versions of fruit trees which are consequently easier to harvest. In most cases, one plant is selected for its roots and this is called the stock or rootstock. The other plant is selected for its stems, leaves, flowers, or fruits and is called the scion.

The Holly tree is indelibly linked with Christmas, its scarlet berries and evergreen leaves particularly important in previous decades when most people made their own decorations or used greenery from the fields around their homes. Its name is derived from ‘Holy’ tree and this is because it was associated with Christ’s suffering, the berries representing his blood and the spiky leaves his crown of thorns. The branches were said to ward off evil from the home. As with so many Christian traditions this belief was carried over from Pre-Christian times. The Romans (and the English and Scottish) planted Holly near their homes to repel lightening, poison and witches and there is some scientific evidence that the spines on Holly leaves can act as miniature lightening conductors (though no proof yet that they repel witches!).

In Irish folklore Holly was one of the gentle or noble trees (crann uasal) and you would annoy the fairies to use it for something domestic such as chimney sweeping. In Irish mythology there are several references to heroes such as Cuchulainn using Holly wood to make chariot shafts and wheels and for spears and darts (when sharpened, charred and pointed by fire). The density of Holly wood is probably why the Holly is associated with the Ogham letter Tinne which means ‘iron bar’. Beautiful as Holly looks adorning our homes please remember that the Holly berries are an important source of food in winter time for wildlife!

 Posted by Brenda Comerford


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Lord and Lady Powerscourt Meet the Head Gardener

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Nov 23, 2015 1:47:34 PM


Lord and Lady Powerscourt Meet Head Gardener

Powerscourt Estate was delighted this past weekend to welcome Anthony and Sarah Wingfield, The 11th Viscount and Viscountess Powerscourt, on their first visit since Anthony inherited the title of Lord Powerscourt on the death of his father earlier this year. The couple were given a tour of the Gardens by Alex Slazenger, Powerscourt’s Head Gardener, made all the more personal as Alex is Anthony’s cousin. Alex grew up on the Estate and took up the position of Head Gardener in August.  He was one of the top qualifying students from the horticulture degree course at the Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin and has over 10 years’ experience in the horticulture industry.  Alex Slazenger said: "Anthony (Lord Powerscourt) continues to take a great interest in Powerscourt and has a real connection with the Estate.  I am so pleased to be able to show him the work we have been doing in the Gardens and the wonderful autumn colour at the moment."

alex_and_anthony_in_gate-1.jpgLord Powerscourt, now living in Bristol, returns regularly to the Estate and has fond memories of staying with his grandparents, Ralph and Gwen Slazenger in the House prior to the fire.  Ralph and Gwen's daughter, Wendy, married Mervyn Wingfield, 10th Viscount Powerscourt, in 1962 but they later divorced. Lord Powerscourt said: "I am delighted that the legacy of my ancestors, particularly the wonderful trees planted over the centuries, is in such capable hands.  Alex has a real passion for the Gardens and I am looking forward to seeing how he develops them over the coming years."

Anthony Wingfield as Lord Powerscourt unites over four hundred years of the Wingfield family’s ownership of Powerscourt Estate, with the future of the Estate under the stewardship of the Slazenger family. Both families have managed the Estate with passion and commitment and the Slazenger family enthusiastically embraced the legacy of the Wingfields and has developed the Estate into one of the success stories of Irish tourism with over 350 people now employed on the Estate.

Photo:  Anthony and Sarah Wingfield with Head Gardener Alex Slazenger



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Halloween at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 28, 2015 3:14:50 PM

Powerscourt runs a year-round events programme including treasure hunts, guided walks, gardening workshops, bug hunts, theatre evenings and much more that all the family will enjoy. Annual members enjoy a reduced rate ticket price to many events. With annual membership you can also enjoy unlimited entry to Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall, 10% discount in the Garden Pavilion and exclusive access to our private River Walk during normal opening hours. Our thanks to Aisling Lyons of for this review.

We attended both the Frightmare Trail and Scare Crow Making family friendly events in Powerscourt Estate over the October Bank Holiday weekend. First up was “Frightmare” which was run on the grounds of Powerscourt Estate by a team from Imaginosity. I genuinely didn’t know what to expect - usually the Imaginosity events are very well run but as they are aimed at children, I didn’t think it would be scary enough for my Addams Family-esque children.
Well, we were in for a treat! At the outset we were given a map and sent off the beaten track to look for clues, the first clue confirmed as being under a witch’s hat. The walk was decorated to scare, with black bags containing suspicious shapes, cobwebs, broken police cordons, and scattered debris making it instantly atmospheric.
There were some great touches - rather than using a static clue, we found a real live witch who said she could ‘smell the children coming’ – fantastic! We had to repeat a few spells in German before we could see the clue.

Blog Witch low res

All the clues had an interactive aspect, and we met spiders, rats and pirates as we continued on our journey, with each characters giving us chilling warnings to ’look out behind’ and ‘trust no one’ etc.

frightmare dead party reduced

The grand finale came at the Pet Cemetery where we met the absolutely brilliant Tina Vamp and her macabre ‘dead toy tea party’. She introduced us to a vampire who played the “Monster Mash” on keyboards while Tina taught the children to dance along. Unfortunately, vampires will be vampires and so it ended with him chasing all the children to shrieks of delighted terror.


Where did the final clue lead us? Back to the main house for a sweet treat, of course.

Verdict: The children were just the right level of spooked, although the vampire chase was a little too much for my three-year-old who was frightened and asked to ‘go home now!’ If you are looking for a family friendly scare at Hallowe’en, I would highly recommend this.

Pumpkin Carving

scare crow garden centre reduced

We headed back up to Powerscourt on the rainy bank holiday Monday for the ‘Make a Scarecrow’ at The Garden Pavilion event. This was brilliantly organised and again the team working at it were excellent at instructing the children on what to do. We had Monica helping us out, whose enthusiasm was absolutely infectious.

The children were invited to make and style their very own scarecrows, with a central supply of clothes and straw provided along with hessian, string and accessories left out at each family’s workstation.Now, I am not usually one for getting involved children’s activities, but this was so much fun that the entire family got stuck in! If we were unsure of the next step there was always someone on hand to help.

scare crow making reduced

We started with a bamboo cross for each scarecrow, and after much stuffing, tying and gluing ended up with three actual scarecrows. They are suitably creepy and will finish off our decorations for the 31st perfectly!

Our verdict: Well worth the trip, the Pavilion staff put a lot into making this a fun, successful and interesting class.

Aisling Lyons

Aisling posts about our family events throughout the year. Aisling runs a parenting blog which you can follow here.

Bio: My name is Aisling Lyons, stay at home mother of three, and sometime radio pundit ;).I have over 20 years experience in the childcare sector, starting out as nursery nurse before moving into nannying, and then returning to work in creches for over 14 years, twelve of which were in creche management. I managed a private creche "Johnstown Kiddiecare" in Kilpeddar, Co. Wicklow, and then moved into Dublin to manage the nursery on-site in Trinity College Dublin. I finally left that position to open my own creche "Aisling Childcare", which I ran for seven years. I closed the creche when baby number three was imminent as I really wanted to focus on motherhood. I am passionate about children being given the very best opportunities to allow them to grow up to be happy and confident. I set up a blog to help any parents struggling with the little and large problems that parenting young children can bring! I really hope that some ideas I bring will help families thrive and forge ahead!: )

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Powerscourt Gardens appoints new Head Gardener

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 25, 2015 9:53:05 AM

Renowned Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow has appointed Alex Slazenger as its new Head Gardener. Slazenger has over 10 years’ experience in the horticultural industry, ranging from landscaping to estate garden maintenance. He recently completed a B.Sc. in horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, specialising in the tree collection at Powerscourt Gardens.


New Head Gardener for Powerscourt Alex Slazenger pictured with Sabina Higgins. 

On his appointment Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate said: "The Head Gardener at Powerscourt is key to the ongoing success and development of Powerscourt Gardens and we are delighted to welcome Alex to the management team. He is already familiar with the detailed maintenance of the gardens having worked with the existing team for the last year replanting the magnificent double herbaceous borders. Alex brings not only great expertise and a love of the estate but also first class credentials from the National Botanic Gardens, as one of the top qualifying students from their horticultural degree programme."

Alex Slazenger said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Head Gardener of Powerscourt Estate. It has been my goal since I started my horticultural career. I have a great love of the gardens and hope to share my passion for them with everyone that visits Powerscourt. It’s a fantastic challenge to both maintain and develop the gardens further and I am really looking forward to my new role.”

Alex will soon be a familiar face to visitors at Powerscourt as he will lead guided walks throughout the coming seasons highlighting plants and trees of interest and the best places to visit in the gardens.

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Making up for Midsummer at Powerscourt's Fairy Fest!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 16, 2015 2:32:23 PM

I usually make a big fairy fuss at Midsummer, and for the past few years I've brought the girls on a magical picnic to 'the Fairy Forest' to celebrate. This Midsummer past, however, saw me chasing the sun into the west instead and not spending it with my girls at all! As I drove, I promised myself I would make it up to them as soon as possible. As luck would have it, the opportunity presented itself last week, when we were invited to attend the Fantastical Fairy Fest in Powerscourt Gardens 
We were looking forward to it immensely, but when the time came to leave last Sunday the weather looked like this:
There was rain. But not just a summer shower. There was full-on, torrential downpours with some thunder thrown in for good measure. We ran to the car anyway, with raincoats flung over our flower-crowned heads and crossed our fingers that some fairy magic might do the trick and bring back the sunshine.
Fairy Cousins Waiting for the Festival
As it happened, the good folk from Imaginosity, who were hosting the event, had had convinced the fairies to relocate their garden party indoors - into one of the beautiful rooms in Powerscourt house. There, we were welcomed by three fairies who helped their little guests to practice their fairy moves, make fairy soup, play rainbow games and make little wishes to tie to the wishing tree in the garden.
Lile, Sábha and their little cousin Elsie were absolutely enthralled throughout. 
They excitedly sought out the ingredients for the fairy soup under toadstools, sprinkled fairy dust, tickled toes under the rainbow parachute and carefully considered their wishes. 
After the fairy work was done we were escorted outside to hang our wishes on the fairy bush... in what we assumed would be more torrential rain - but no! The fairy magic had worked and there was glorious sunshine and gorgeous gardens to greet us. 
We spent the rest of our afternoon looking for water fairies in the lakes and fountains, looking for woodland fairies among the trees and and having a very lovely time indeed. 
We rounded off the afternoon with an ice-cream from the little kiosk in the courtyard and the three tired fairies went home very happy.
Powerscourt runs a year-round events programme including treasure hunts, guided walks, gardening workshops, bug hunts, theatre evenings and much more that all the family will enjoy. The Fantastical Fairy Fest event was a 30 minute interactive 'show'. It had a snappy pace that kept the sizable crowd of young children moving and engaged throughout. The event price also included entry to the gardens. My girls really enjoyed themselves and it was a gorgeous Summer 'day-out' that will be fondly remembered.
For more information about Powerscourt Gardens, one of the world's greatest gardens click HERE.
And check out their events page HERE
To read more things about Powerscourt that I have shared on this blog, click HERE and HERE.
To learn how to make a flower crown, like the ones my girls are wearing in the photos, click HERE!
This blog article is kindly re-produced from its original blog with permission from author Sadhbh Devlin. Check out Sadhbh's parenting blog where she writes about seasonal celebrations, simple craft projects and the adventures she has with her girls. 
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A Review of Chapterhouse Theatre Company's 'The Secret Garden'

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 3, 2015 3:58:00 PM

Blog Post by Kerry Gordon

Open air theatre is a wonderful and intimate way to be up close and personal with a play. The cast of 'The Secret Garden' are such accomplished performers that you feel like a character in this enchanting story rather than a spectator.


It helps when it is set in the walled garden of Powerscourt Estate, with the house looking magnificent in the background - you really do feel like you are in a secret garden!


We saw this production last weekend when Chapterhouse Theatre returned with to Ireland with 'The Secret Garden'. The atmosphere was wonderful, luckily in the sunshine, with champagne corks popping and families of all generations spread out on picnic blankets.


The music and singing was an unexpected joy in this new take of an old classic and the puppetry is a trademark of Chapterhouse and its brilliant actors.



The show itself was funny, touching and engaging and in such a beautiful setting it was impossible to not be taken away and drawn into the storytelling.



Kids were enthralled by the acting from beginning to end and I would highly recommend it as an introduction to any new theatre goers.


There was even time to pop to the Avoca shop to get some of their famous scones and tea during the interval.


Make sure you come and see them next summer. It's a really lovely afternoon which I would recommend unreservedly!


Until next time ...



Chapterhouse Theatre Company is a professional open-air touring company committed to creating innovative, accessible productions of classic texts and stories and presenting magical theatre in magical surroundings. The wonderfully talented cast of 'The Secret Garden' includes: Luke de Belder, Matthew Christmas, Graham Hill, Laura Kent, Eve Niker, Bryony Tebbutt


About Kerry Gordon: Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea.

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What's in Bloom at Powerscourt Gardens?

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jun 17, 2015 10:57:44 AM

Powerscourt Gardens is open year-round and visitors can enjoy our magnificent collection of plants, flowers and trees throughout the year.

Here is a list of what you can expect to see in bloom when you visit Powerscourt Gardens! Enjoy :)


  • Skimmia Jap Rubella
  • Winter Flowering Jasmine
  • Bergenia 'Pink Salmon'
  • Viburnum Tinus 'Eve Price'
  • Mahonia Japanese 'Belai' and 'Charity'
  • Hamamelis Mollis 'Intermedia' - Witch Hazel
  • Erica Calluna and Darleyensis - Winter and Spring Heathers
  • Iberis 'Border' Small White Flower
  • Daphne 'Mezereum' and 'Jacqueline Postill'
  • Cornus alba Sibirica 'Dogwood' and other varieties
  • Holly Variegated
  • Prunus Sub Autumnalis
  • Galanthus (Snowdrop)
  • Crocus Tommasinianus (Early Crocus)
  • Narcissus (Daffodil)
  • Camellia
  • Rhododendron
  • Helleborus - Christmas Rose and Lenten Rose
  • Polyanthus
  • Viola
  • Abies Koreana (korean fir)
  • Taxus fastigiata aurea (golden yew)
  • Picea pungens Glauca (blue spruce)
  • Acacia (mimosa)
  • Prunus cerasifera nigra (pink cherry plum
  • Hamamellis (witch hazel) in variety
  • Garrya elliptica
  • Corylus avellana contorta
  • lonicera standishii
  • Pulmonaria angustifolia
  • Helleborus niger (christmas rose)
  • Crocus tommasinianus (early crocus)
  • Viburnum tinus
  • Erica darleyensis (winter heather)



  • Forsythia
  • flowering quince (chaenomeles speciosa)
  • Viburnum Carlesii/tinus
  • Erica carnea
  • Camellia (in variety) 7-10 different colours
  • Rhododendron (in variety) many colours
  • Acacia dealbata
  • Alnus glutinosa
  • Bergenia abendglut
  • Amelanchier
  • Cornus mas
  • Berberis thunbergii
  • Arbutus menzies
  • Ceanothus cascade
  • Cercis chinensis
  • Narcissus/daffodil(daffodil meadow on the eastwing of the gardens)
  • Tulip(in variety)
  • Winter bedding - wallflowers,panseys,polyanthus,viola,myosotis,bellis flowering till may time



  • Cyclamen coum
  • Pieris japonica
  • Acer rubrum (red maple)
  • Erica darleyensis
  • Salix lanata
  • Helleborus orientalis
  • Magnolia (many varieties,purples,pinks,whites)
  • Wisteria florabunda
  • Laburnum watereri vossii
  • Ribes sanguneum
  • Prunus (cherry blossom,apple blossom)
  • Azalea (in variety)
  • Lavateria rosea
  • Cytisus praecox
  • Verbascum
  • Agrapanthus (african lily)



  • Daphne retus
  • Qsmanthus buckwoodi
  • Rhodendron species
  • Ceanothus
  • Genista hispanica
  • Syringa vulgaris
  • Viburnum carlesii
  • Viburnum mariesii
  • Pieris mountain fire
  • Lavandula spica
  • Acer chitoseyama
  • Rhodendron gibraltar/baden baden
  • Exochorda(the bride)
  • Deutzia rosea
  • Philadelphus belle etoile
  • Cistus
  • Fermontodendron californicum
  • Lonicera pericymenum
  • Sorbus aria lutescens
  • Photinia red robin
  • Laburnum adamii/vulgare
  • Malus red sentinel
  • Prunus shirotae
  • Embothrium coccineum
  • Cornus capitata
  • Alnus cordata
  • Magnolia soulangeana
  • Crataegus monogyna
  • Dicentra spectabilis 
  • Convallaria majalis
  • Viola in variety
  • Myositis
  • Bellis pink buttons
  • Spring pansies
  • Erysimum cheiri-wallflowers
  • Large variety of late april early may tulips
  • Papaver orientale
  • Anemone coronaria
  • Iris germanica
  • Saxifraga umbrosa
  • Aquilegia vulgaris
  • Euphorbia
  • Japaneese primula
  • Dicentra Formosa



  • Achillea
  • Alchemillia Mollis (many other varities on the border)
  • Allium
  • Anthemis (white lily)
  • Armeria
  • Astilbe (in variety)
  • Senecio
  • Buddleja davidii
  • Ceanothus buckwoodii
  • Choisya
  • Clematis
  • Cornus
  • Dianthus
  • Fox glove (digitalis)
  • Fushia
  • Lavendar
  • Escallonia
  • Embothrium (chiliean fire bush)
  • Echinops
  • Hydrangea (in variety), lacecap/mophead
  • leptospernum (NZ tea tree)
  • Hebe (variety)
  • Hypericum
  • Lonicera (honeysuckle)
  • Paeony
  • Dahlia (large displays,very unusual colours)
  • Philadelphius
  • Pyracantha
  • Papaver
  • Osmanthius
  • Oleria
  • Nepeta (latmint)
  • Myrtus luma (chiliean myrtle)
  • Spirea japonica
  • Choisya
  • Vinca
  • Weigelia



  • Achillea
  • Acanitumn
  • Crocosmia (in variety)
  • Canna (lily)
  • Chaenomeles
  • Banksia
  • Iris
  • Lilac
  • Orchid
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Sedum (many varieties)
  • Sunflowers
  • Phlox
  • Rudbeckia
  • Skimmea japonica
  • Pieris japonica
  • Spirea
  • Lysmachia
  • Hyacinth
  • Gypsophila
  • Ilex in variety
  • Mahonia



  • Prunus serrula
  • Pinus bungeana
  • Eucalyptus niphophila
  • Betula ermanii
  • Metasequoia glyptostroboides
  • iris unguicularis
  • Hakonechloa macra
  • Brassica oleracea
  • Fatsia japonica
  • Mahonia
  • Skimmea
  • Ilex
  • Bergenia
  • Garria elliptica
  • Cotoneaster
  • Jasminum
  • Sarcococca
  • Euonymus
  • Erica carnea
  • Aucuba Japonica
  • Snowdrops
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Fantastical Fairy Fest in Powerscourt Gardens

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jun 10, 2015 2:30:14 PM

Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, will soon be spreading their happy magic with a Fantastical Fairy Fest in Powerscourt’s Walled Gardens in beautiful County Wicklow! Creating an enchanted atmosphere for children and adults, this event will be filled with fairy dust, magical pathways, fairy games and activities.

There will be a best dressed fairy competition in each session for all magical folk who attend, including mammies and daddies! Children will also work with magical fairies to design and create their very own fairy wishes to take home and keep!


The event takes place on the 5th of July from 12.30pm onwards and is suitable for children aged 3-10. Included in the ticket price is entry to the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens.

With over 47 acres to explore, children will love playing and walking along the winding pathways and rambling walks of Powerscourt.

Advance booking is essential; you can book online through the Powerscourt Website:

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