Two Laois tourist attractions included in new OPW Ireland's Historic Gardens guide
Two Laois tourist attractions will be brought to life at Bloom festival this weekend and in a new promotional guide to historic gardens in Ireland.
Heywood Gardens and Emo Court in Laois have been included in a new promotional guide to Irish historic gardens by the Office of Public Works. The guide provides images and information about the two beautiful, well-known Laois gardens.
The two Laois attractions are in the new guide alongside places like Kilkenny Castle historic parklands, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, The Phoenix Park, St Stephan's Green and the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin.
This year the Office of Public (OPW) marquee at Bloom (located in the Conservation Zone close to the picnic Zone) will feature some iconic heritage sites and showcase world class heritage offering from castles to cottages, from abbeys to ancient Christian sites - with 5,000 years of history and over 6 million visitors every year.
It also bring Ireland's Historic Gardens in the care of the OPW to life with interactive touchscreens providing imagery and information about beautiful well known gardens in addition to our many hidden gems.
From the stunning Altamont Gardens in Carlow to the recently refurbished Annes Grove in Cork to the breath-taking surrounds of the National Botanic Gardens featuring Richard Turner’s magnificent curvilinear range of glasshouses-the OPW marquee will feature 25 spectacular gardens around the country which are open to the public.
Anyone attending Bloom this weekend can learn from them about the horticultural skills involved in the design and layout of a Victorian Kitchen Garden, as well as answering questions and providing tips to gardening enthusiasts.
The new OPW Guide will also be available at Bloom showcasing some of Ireland’s most iconic gardens and celebrated plant collections, from the internationally renowned National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin, to Garinish/Ilnacullin with its collection of exotic and rare southern hemisphere plants, from the semi-tropical Fota Arboretum with its celebrated champion conifers, to Dublin’s best kept secret, The Iveagh Gardens.
This beautiful guide illustrates the breadth and diversity of these places, including the Lutyens-designed landscapes of Heywood Gardens, Laois and the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge.
This year the OPW is working in association with the Phoenix Park Specialist School in creating Ireland’s first nurture garden as part of the Show Gardens Exhibition.
The Sanctuary Nurture Garden, designed by Sanctuary Synthetics, is based around one simple idea - a heart shaped mound/sunken outdoor classroom designed specifically for children with specialist educational needs.
The Garden has been created using locally sourced materials reclaimed from the Phoenix Park and consist of a synthetic artificial grass area surrounded by multi-sensory planting including vegetables, allowing the pupils to safely connect with nature and enhance their senses of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.
The Sanctuary Nurture Garden will be relocated to the adjacent school grounds only a few hundred metres away after Bloom 2018, is essentially a safe outdoor learning space
Finally, there will be live classical music at the OPW marquee between 12-2pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday courtesy of Great Music in Irish Houses.