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The Powerscourt Blog

Meet Lord Powerscourt and Sarah and Alex Slazenger in our new short movie!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 22, 2016 2:20:19 PM

Beautiful Powerscourt Gardens in County Wicklow has launched a wonderful new short film and new audio guides about the gardens, narrated personally by the 2 families and owners of Powerscourt over the past 400 years. Voted the third most beautiful garden in the world by National Geographic, Powerscourt is a classical oasis hidden in the wilds of Wicklow.

In the film you will meet Anthony Wingfield, Lord Powerscourt and Alex Slazenger, the Head Gardener. Their cousin Sarah Slazenger, Managing Director also appears on the video making this a first-hand, warm experience of what Powerscourt means to them. From fascinating family characters through to everyday tasks in the gardens, the audio guides provide a wonderful behind the scenes glimpse of life at Powerscourt.

The audio guides are available now in English, Spanish, German, French & Chinese.

So how did the impressive Powerscourt Mansion come to be built?

And just who had the vision to create the spectacular gardens?

Join Sarah, Alex and Anthony as they share family stories with you that have been passed down for generations.

Start your Powerscourt journey today by watching the short video below and enjoy the audio guides when you next visit Powerscourt Gardens.

 

 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Gardens, Gardening, Wicklow

Meet Alex, Head Gardener at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 29, 2016 3:58:45 PM

Over the next few months we will meet the people behind the scenes at Powerscourt who keep the estate looking wonderful and provide a great welcome to our visitors. This week we meet Powerscourt's Head Gardener Alex who grew up at Powerscourt Estate and has had a love of the gardens here from a young age. 

Tell us a little about how you got into gardening – what inspired you and have you always loved plants / seeing things thrive and grow?

My first gardening job was to pull ragwort out of the field beside where I live now when I was about 7. My aunt Wendy paid us a rate of one penny per ragwort pulled. Gardening wise I didn’t have a big garden but I was always outside building bases and trees and wigwams. I was happiest outdoors as a child with my playground being the gardens and river walk. Because I had access to the gardens and the river walk and a massive amount of outdoor space without realising this set in motion my desire to spend time outside as a career – I thought this is something that I can do for the rest of my life. What I was happiest doing as a child – being outside – led to landscaping, gardening and a love of watching things grow and develop.

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Was there a single moment when you knew that you wanted gardening to be your full time profession?

I was 11 and I was going around my mother’s garden and being a bold kid. I was whipping flower heads with a bamboo cane and my mother came out and roared at me and she chased me as far as the river walk and I got in a lot of trouble! From that moment on I started to respect plants and flowers and that’s when I decided to look after rather than destroy them!

Have you ever worked on estate gardens before?

I worked as a landscaper in Glencree for 3 years and then as gardener in a private garden for many years. While studying for my degree in horticulture at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin I began working at Powerscourt and have worked here intermittently for the past 5 years. I became Head Gardener of Powerscourt 1 year ago.

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Are there different considerations for looking after such a huge estate space rather than smaller garden spaces? 

It is the same concept but there is a lot more to prioritise on a large estate. Time management is crucial as it takes a lot of time for tasks compared to a smaller space. For example, a rose bed here is four times as large as one from an average garden.

Are there any gardening jobs that require constant attention on the estate?

The roses, the herbaceous border and the formal gardens all require constant attention. High maintenance areas include the Italian Gardens which have straight lines and have to be perfect – we are constantly cutting the grass there.

How big is your team?

There are 6 permanent staff including myself and we take on 2 seasonal staff each summer.

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What is the main priority for the estate grounds during each of the seasons?

In spring our priority is pruning work, lifting and dividing herbaceous perennials and feeding. In summer there are more routine tasks including grass cutting, dead heading and wedding. In autumn we focus on planting, mulching, planting bulbs and winter bedding. In winter we work mostly on projects such as developing and maintaining paths, hard landscaping and tree work.

What should we look out for, plant wise on the estate this year? 

In Spring Powerscourt is full of vibrant colour with our annual tulip festival featuring over 10,000 tulips in bloom. Daffodils and crocuses bring colour to the gardens each spring. In late spring the Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias make their appearance. In summer herbaceous flowers come into bloom, roses and summer flowering shrubs. In winter, winter jasmine, daphnes and evergreen trees add interest to the gardens.

Do you tend to draw up schedules and plans for work on Powerscourt Estate?

I do a weekly plan. Each season I have a target list of tasks to get through. Whether it’s a clearing the lakes, working on the trees or cleaning antique statuary, it’s a very varied job.

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What is your biggest challenge when dealing with Powerscourt Gardens?

My biggest challenge is keeping the quality of the gardens at its peak at all times. We plan our gardening tasks around our opening hours so that certain jobs can be completed outside of visiting hours to maximise the enjoyment of our visitors. We are very weather dependent and the weather can play havoc with managing the gardens. A weekly plan can go out the window when it rains and also when it doesn’t rain!

What’s your favourite part of working on the Estate grounds?

I love the herbaceous border. There is a dramatic change along the border when spring arrives and the plants and shrubs come into bloom. It looks entirely different in July than it does in December – the border is an incredible sight to behold at its best in summer.

One favourite garden fact

Biophilia – The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. As humans we depend upon nature and need to interact with and be part of it. We thrive as human beings when we have access to greenery and enjoy our natural surroundings. It is a very current trend as people are developing an ever increasing love of gardening and an appreciation for the environment.

How can visitors help the establishment of the gardens at Powerscourt?

Our members and other regular visitors to Powerscourt are very helpful to us in terms of both positive and negative feedback about the estate. They are a vital part of the estate and are committed to keeping is as the peaceful haven it is for so many people. They act as an extra pair of eyes for us and are really helpful. As gardeners we are focused on the tasks at hand and trying to tackle the gardening challenges before us. As leisure visitors to the estate, our visitors offer a fresh perspective to us. We always appreciate getting feedback.

Thanks Alex! We will continue this interview with Alex next week, before meeting our other team members soon :)

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Topics: Powerscourt Gardens, Gardening, Head Gardener's Blog, Wicklow

Heavenly Herbaceous Border Garden Walk and Talk at Powerscourt Gardens

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 26, 2016 2:19:12 PM

Blog and photos by Kerry Gordon

Alex Slazenger, Head Gardener at Powerscourt Gardens, is a passionate gardener and horticultural innovator with a wealth of knowledge. It was with great fortune that I joined his guided walk and talk set in the vibrant herbaceous border within the walled garden in Powerscourt Gardens. It was to be two wonderful hours learning, enjoying and chatting about the wonder of this border created many years ago and now being nurtured by Alex and his team.

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The restored Venetian Gates where Alex played as a child

At the entrance to the herbaceous border Alex showed us the stunning Venetian Gates which have been painstakingly restored to their optimum beauty. They are magnificent and perfectly frame the beauty of the plants inside and the renovation of the gates has opened up the garden which truly emphasises that this is the biggest herbaceous border in Ireland. With a twinkle in his eyes Alex told us how as child, for his family have owned Powerscourt House and Estate for many years now, he used to climb inside the gates. It was a delightful glimpse into what it must be like to grow up as a child with one of the world’s most famous gardens as your playground.

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Great questions and chats

The stunning herbaceous border within the walled garden is 120 metres long with over 700 varieties of plants, many introduced from around the world in the late 19th century. There is a strong theme of purple within the border which is balanced with underlying yellow bursts of colour and a rainbow of plants of all colours, shapes and sizes that creates a beautiful and soothing environment. In the time of the Viscounts it would have been predominately a kitchen garden with many of the flowers cut to be displayed in Powerscourt House. The border naturally flourishes throughout March to September but with clever techniques Alex and his team are able to extend the seasons.  Many of these plants thrive due to the Irish climate creating this stunning herbaceous border.

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Alex was a passionate guide and explained how gardens evolve, learning by your mistakes and the process of planning your garden. His advice was invaluable and his willingness to answer every question asked was very charming. He is a great advocate of biophillia and talked passionately about the benefits of feeling the soil and earth in your hands.  here is clearly a great passion amongst Alex and his five permanent staff who cultivate and maintain this historic part of our heritage that is truly one of the world’s greatest gardens.

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Vibrant colours along the border

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Heavenly herbaceous border

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Alex, Head Gardener at Powerscourt

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A Eucomis, more commonly known as a pineapple plant or flowers

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Alstroemeria are often used for cut flower displays in the house as they are a long lasting flower

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Meet Roger as Alex and the team call their Rodgersia!

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Rosemary who is usually found hard at work nurturing the border

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 in Powerscourt Gardens, followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea in Avoca at Powerscourt House. Kerry can be reached at kerry.gordon@gmail.com or @kerrymgordon on Twitter.

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Inspiration for Gardeners along Ireland’s longest herbaceous border

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jun 27, 2016 4:56:49 PM

When visiting the gardens of the great houses of Ireland you will often stumble across magnificent, colourful plants climbing their classical walls, waiting to be admired. This summer, be inspired by Ireland’s longest herbaceous border in the third best garden in the world at Powerscourt Gardens (National Geographic). The original selection of plants and shrubs along the herbaceous border were chosen by Lady Powerscourt, the wife of the 7th Lord Powerscourt. Her husband once said “The planting of the choice plants and shrubs, and seeing them increase year by year in size and beauty has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.”

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Join the horticulturalists of Powerscourt Garden Pavilion who will be giving a free talk to help you create a miniature version of their famous herbaceous border in your own garden at home. Popular from the Victorian era onwards, herbaceous plants were carefully chosen and arranged, not for their rarity, but for the beautiful sight they created when placed together. Get ideas from the Powerscourt team about which herbaceous plants to grow together, conditions, plant care and climate, and unusual annuals and specimens to try.  The talk takes place on 12th of July at 11am in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion.

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Now that you have the know-how come back and join Head Gardener Alex Slazenger for a lovely morning exploring the herbaceous border at Powerscourt Gardens on the 15th of July at 11am. Featuring over 700 varieties of plants and shrubs, this spectacular border boasts an amazing array of foliage at varying heights during the summer months. Alex will give visitors behind the scenes advice on how he creates this display each year and how to produce a well-stocked border. Tickets to Powerscourt Gardens must be bought for the tour which is free for annual members of Powerscourt. For more information and to book tickets, visit the Powerscourt Estate website www.powerscourt.com/events

About Powerscourt Gardens: Set in the wild Wicklow countrywide in Ireland, overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain, Powerscourt enjoys a breath-taking panorama. The Gardens stretch over 47 acres and offer visitors a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks. www.powerscourt.com

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A Wicklow wonderland worthy of Alice - Irish Daily Mail

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 16, 2016 2:41:29 PM

Many thanks to Leonie Cornelius for allowing us to publish her recent article on Powerscourt Gardens from the Irish Daily Mail. 

May is finally here. Even after an unusually cold start into the year we are now truly ready to get out and explore. At this time of the year there is no better place to admire the beauty of gardens than Powerscourt House and Gardens in County Wicklow. It is  hard to believe that this 1,000 acre oasis of woodland, spectacular mountain views and ancient parkland is on Dublin’s doorstep. The amazing views of the Sugarloaf Mountain are breathtaking and the whole area has an incredible feeling of tranquillity and calm. From the stunning Italian Garden to the exotic sunken Japanese Garden and the extensive herbaceous border, it is easy to lose oneself in the magical feel of the estate.

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The gardens are host to many exciting garden events and tours such as the annual tulip festival, which sees 12,000 tulips decorate the gardens in April as well as guided walks and grow your own courses. In May the perennial borders in the walled garden really start to come into their own with flashes of colour and well chosen plants sitting very naturally in the space. Every year for RTE Supergarden we film and photograph at this stunning location and every time I visit I am equally impressed by the beauty of the place.

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Exploring the grounds is like an adventure reminiscent of Alice discovering Wonderland. From the sloping terraces leading down to the fantastic pond with its spumes of water to the many intricate topiary features the garden is ever evolving yet so strong in its design foundation.

One of the most spectacular parts of the garden, which by the way was voted No 3 in in the world by National Geographic, is the famous Rhododendron walk. This area, as well as the Pet Cemetery, is also one of the favourites of Powerscourt head Gardener Alex Slazenger. From tall, clouded shapes in purple that seem to soar towards the horizon to more delicate pink azalea varieties, this wonderful rounded walk is maintained to perfection.

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Most Rhododendrons originate from the Himalayan regions of India, China, Burma and Tibet but many Azaleas, which are also part of the Rhododendron group, come from Japan.  Sizes of this shrub vary massively from tiny dwarf varieties to huge 18 meter high trees.

As beautiful as this plant is, the Rhododendron is a tricky plant to grow successfully in the garden. It is not a grow anywhere plant, and though it may do reasonably well in neutral soil, it really needs an acidic soil to be at its best. Interestingly the Rhododendron plant was only introduced in Victorian times and became popular on many country estates for its ornamental appeal as well as a cover for game birds.

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Something vital to be aware of when choosing plants for your own space is that this plant is an invasive one and that it’s spread from the garden into the wild is a serious threat to our own native forests. Maybe consider planting a smaller variety of this shrub, the chosen specimen here,  Rhododendron ‘Ahrends favorit’ is a lovely neat variety that is slow growing and will be no more than 60cm on height and spread. There are also some very pretty Azalea Rhododendrons that do very well in containers and have the same floriferous effect that is so beautifully displayed in the stunning Rhododrenron walk in Powerscourt.

Powerscourt House & Gardens is open-year round. For more information visit powerscourt.com

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Three more plants inspired by Powerscourt Gardens 

Powerscourt gardens have a fascinating mix of formality and informality so what about bringing a little bit of the Powerscourt magic into your own garden? Here are some ideas for more plants that will bring the feel of the garden of ireland to your own space.

Tulips

Planning ahead now for next years border may seem premature but it’s always good to know what to plant. Tulip bulbs will go in in Autumn so make a plan now for a dazzling display. What about planting an elegant box hedge now to surround a bed that will become your border and then add the Tulips in Autumn. I love masses of one type of tulip interspersed with a few others. Maybe plant some large areas of pinks and purples inside the structured box hedge for an instant April wow effect.

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Acer

The Japanese Maples in the sunken Japanese garden are stunning at most times of the year. The shapes of the trees is beautiful even in the Winter months and in summer they have lovely movement and lightness. It is in Autumn however that these trees really shine, when most specimens start turning stunning shades of gold, burnt oranges and crimson. Plant one of these in your own garden and every Autumn you’ll be delighted by the display.

Himalaya / Kashmir Birch (Betula jacquemontii) 

This tree is one of Powerscourt head gardener Michael Byrne’s favourites and no wonder with its stunning peeling creamy-white bark and beautiful multi-stem form. It has a great Autumn colour and is not only hardy but also suffers from little to no diseases. I think every garden should have at least one birch and if you have the space,  fully grown it will reach 18 metres in height and 10 metres in spread) this tree will be a stunning addition.

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Explore the Garden of Ireland in style

The gardens of Powerscourt have so much to explore and at this time of the year it is truly exploding with colour. One of my favourite parts of the gardens are the incredible Japanese gardens. These gardens slope into  a small rock filled valley with a Japanese Gazebo at the bottom the design. Elegant, understated and beautifully structured and maintained. This space is lovely to walk through, appealing to all senses from the scent of cool mosses at the water feature to the rustling of the breeze in the Acer leaves. If you feel like getting away and exploring the gardens in style then the luxury 5 star Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa which is located adjacent to Powerscourt House & Gardens is a great spot to set up camp. The hotel has stunning views of the Sugarloaf and  plenty of very cool outdoor spaces including an oversized chess board which is great fun to play. It is also conveniently located right beside the gardens which means you can wander over whenever you feel like it. For more info visit www.powerscourthotel.com

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Explore 

Clamber up the steep slopes of the Sugarloaf

While you’re in Wicklow you simply can’t ignore one landmark. One of the most recognizable images of Wicklow is the mountain that is named the Sugar Loaf. Resting elegantly above the Bray coastline, this mountain is a popular destination for walkers and explorers. In the grand scale of things, the Sugarloaf isn’t a very tall mountain-it is only 501 metres high and yet is has a very majestic air about it. It is set in a stunning part of the country, surrounded by beautiful nature and many historical and natural highlights. I finally got to visit this mountain last year and the steep climb was worth it for the 360 degree views alone! It took us a while to find the actual approach to the mountain, the snaking road seemingly doubling back on itself.  This search brought us around to a parallel road which overlooked the mountain from a distance.  There were sheep and wild horses and an incredible vista which opened up right to look at the mountain and beyond. What is fascinating about this mountain is that though it looks almost like a volcano, according to Wikipedia, it is in fact an erosion-resistant metamorphosed sedimentary deposit from the deep sea and is are from Cambrian qaurtzite.  It’s a steep climb but well worth it! For more visit visitwicklow.ie

Article By: Leonie Cornelius

Photos By: Colin Gillen

About Leonie: 

Over the past few years Leonie Cornelius has worked on many exciting private and commercial garden as well as interior and design projects. Her company Blume creates design that are extraordinary in approach and Leonie’s design philosophy is firmly rooted in the belief that beauty and harmony teamed with an ethical and sustainable approach are the highest achievement both within architecture and garden design.

Having established herself as one of Ireland’s leading garden designers, Leonie’s work on the RTE today show as the regular garden design expert as well as her mentoring and presenting on the RTE Supergarden show sees her work being broadcast to over half a million viewers.

Writing is another one of Leonie’s passions and her unique design skills and self proclaimed love of sharing creative ideas can be seen weekly in the Irish Independent Weekend Magazine which goes out to over 530,000 people as well as writing for other magazines.

Her Showgardens for Dubarry, the Leitrim Development Company and Supergarden have won many medals including two Gold medals, A best in category and Silver-Gilt. Find out more about Leonie.

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Dutch group visit Powerscourt House & Gardens - Wicklow People

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 11, 2016 11:08:12 AM

Representatives of one of the biggest tour operators in the Netherlands, de Jong Intra Vakanties, along with 16 of its top-producing travel agents, have been enjoying some of the beautiful sights of Co Wicklow during their trip to Ireland.

The group were here on a fact-finding visit as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. As part of their itinerary, they paid a visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens in Enniskerry which was one of the highlights of their visit.

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Dutch travel agents visiting Ireland including (front, l-r) Meta Buchner, Sofie Van De Kerchf, Miranda Kogman, Marye Peters and Martyn Van Lienen; and (back, l-r) Femie Hazewintel, Mayola Gitmans, Laura Geux, Tessa Harmsen, Josephine Bibo, Jacqueline Van Howen, Renee Hawermans and Cindy Van de Wiel, with Linda Veeke and Diny Kouwigzen, both de Jong Intra Vakanties

The aim of the visit was to expose them to some of the many superb tourist offerings the country has to offer so that, when they return home, they can better advise their clients about holidaying in Ireland.

Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland's Manager the Netherlands, said: 'Fact-finding visits like this are an important element of our work with the travel trade in the Netherlands, as the travel agents get to experience at first-hand what's on offer here for Dutch holidaymakers - helping them to sell the destination with more enthusiasm and expertise when they return home.'

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Dahlia Masterclass with Christopher White

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 9, 2016 11:58:55 AM

Join Christopher White, one of Ireland’s foremost dahlia growers, floral designers and demonstrators for a fascinating talk on the beautiful Dahlia plant.

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As Chairperson of the Irish Dahlia Society Christopher knows his stuff! Selling dahlias to botanic gardens all over the world, Christopher specialises in exhibition dahlias and garden varieties. He is an award winning grower and floral designer and a medal winner at Bloom and Chelsea every year since 2010.

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This dahlia workshop is suitable for both experienced and beginner dahlia growers. Learn about growing and cultivating Dahlias, staking and planting, how to look after them and pest control.

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The talk takes place on Saturday 14th of May at 2pm in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow. Limited tickets are available and must be booked in advance on their website: www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

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SAVE THE DATE for Gardening Classes at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Calling all passionate and budding gardeners! Now spring has arrived, gardeners across Ireland are bursting to get outdoors and start enjoying their gardens. Get your notebook to the ready and head to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in North Wicklow for a series of talks and workshops from their gardening experts. Upcoming events include:

Hanging Basket & Container Gardens to suit every home

2nd May, 11 – 12pm, free of charge

Containers offer great versatility and are a fantastic way to experiment with planting and design. You don’t have to limit yourself to just using flowers. Shrubs will thrive in containers with little care and can be a great focal point in your garden. Join Powerscourt horticulturalists for a free gardening talk and get ideas on planting for the summer season.

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Free Plant Up Service for Pots & Containers

9th to 13th May, 9.30am – 5.30pm, free of charge

Would you like colourful window boxes, eye-catching hanging baskets and fabulous pot planters this summer? Bring along your old pots, baskets, window-boxes, wellies or favourite container to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and they will plant them up for you. The only cost to you will be the plants you use, the time and labour is on them!

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Dahlia Cultivation & Care Masterclass

14th May, 2 – 3pm, free of charge

Join Christopher White, one of Ireland’s foremost dahlia growers, floral designers and demonstrators for a fascinating talk on the beautiful Dahlia plant. As Chairperson of the Irish Dahlia Society Christopher knows his stuff! Selling dahlias to botanic gardens all over the world, Christopher specialises in exhibition dahlias and garden varieties. This dahlia workshop is a must for both experienced and beginner dahlia growers.

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Children’s Hanging Basket Workshop

15th May, 2 – 3pm, €5

A lovely family event to ‘grow’ a love of nature and who knows even ‘sow’ an interest in gardening for life! Each child will have a lovely hanging basket to take home with them and the skills to plant up more. Suitable for ages 4 upwards.

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All events take place at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow and must be booked in advance on their website: www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events.

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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 :)

JANURARY/FEBRUARY

  • 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)

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MARCH

  • 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

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APRIL

  • 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)

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MAY & JUNE

  • 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

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JULY-SEPTEMBER

  • 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

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OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

  • 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

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DECEMBER

  • 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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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Gardens, Gardening

Practical Herbs for Health with Isobel Jordan Keeling

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 18, 2015 10:58:00 AM

Practical Herbs for Health with Isobel Jordan Keeling

Celebrate National Herb Week at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in Enniskerry County Wicklow on May 26th at 11.30am and help a local charity, the Wicklow Hospice. All funds raised at this talk will go to the hospice.

In this talk fully qualified and practicing herbalist, Isobel Jordan Keeling will introduce all the families of herbs that a herbalist uses, and the ailments which can be treated using these herbs. Isobel will demonstrate various home remedies and home recipes that we can all use as part of our own family health care. You will learn about the best times to harvest herbs, and how to prepare teas, oils, tinctures, creams and compresses.

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The cost per ticket is €5 and advance booking is required. For more information on this event visit www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events

Isobel Jordan Keeling is a qualified Herbalist and Naturopath practicing in Windgates, Greystones. She treats clients with a wide variety of ailments, and has a particular interest in the prevention and complimentary treatment of cancer. Isobel leads foraging walks and demonstrations of how to use the wild herbs in teas, creams and much more.

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About Wicklow Hospice

Wicklow Hospice Foundation is a voluntary organisation set up by the People of Wicklow for the People of Wicklow. Its aims are to improve and promote Palliative Care services in the Community, to bring a Consultant on board and to build a stand-alone specialist unit for the people of Wicklow.  In order to bring this project to fruition they need to raise €2.5 million. 

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Gardening