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The Woodland Garden

The woodland garden peaks in the months of February through to May. Rhododendrons begin flowering in September such as R. ‘Jacksonii’, R. ‘Nobleanum’, and R. ‘Jenny Lind’. Hamamelis start flowering in December and continue through Christmas and beyond. Camellias such as C. ‘George Blandford’ and C. ‘Gloire de Nantes’ begin flowering the first week of December and last for about ten weeks. A large group of Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ planted under the terrace also begins to flower in December and continues to display its fragrant flowers well into March.

The Herman Dool Magnolia Walk

The Herman Dool Magnolia Walk overlooking a magnificent view of the River Suir as it turns gently North/East is framed by hundreds of Magnolias, many of which are Mount Congreve selections raised from seed in the sixties. Underneath the Magnolia campbellii and Magnolia sargentiana trees are planted many different forms of Magnolia x soulangeana such as ‘Lennei ‘, Rustica rubra’ and ‘Alba’.

The Walled Garden

The walled garden is divided into two sections, one consisting of a fruit and vegetable garden, May/June/July borders, Aster border, Paeonia border with climbing roses backed with Delphiniums and under planted with Helianthemums and a Water-lily pond surrounded by Japanese Irises, Gunnera, Agapanthus and Hedychiums. The other section of the walled garden is planted for August/September with many forms of Magnolia grandiflora, Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana, Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group, many Buddleja varieties, and all are underplanted with herbaceous plants. The majestic walls are adorned with climbers such as Wisteria, Lonicera, Pileostegia viburnoides, Schizophragma hydrangeoides, Trachelospermum jasminoides, and Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris.

Bell Gate Lawn

On the Bell Gate Lawn stand four Magnolia seedlings, three of which are Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta but the other is distinctly different. This plant with its cyclamen purple buds, which open dark rose pink, we have named after Mr. John Congreve. Through the mature oak trees, we grow many climbers such as Clematis montana, Clematis armandii, Actinidia chinensis, Celastrus orbiculatus, Hydrangea seemannii and Paederia scandans and several others.

Bluebell Walk

A bluebell walk is planted with many forms of tree fern such as Cyathea dealbata, the silver shield fern, that is the emblem of New Zealand with beautiful silvery undersides to the fronds and Cyathea medullaris with black hairy stems and enormous fronds.

The West Lawn

The Rose Lawn, gently slopes and meanders through two red flowering chestnuts and is bordered with various Astilbes, Roses and Styrax flowering in June and a fine specimen of Cupressus cashmeriana. A grass path that stretches hundreds of meters is bordered by seventy wisterias trained to grow as columns, which are spectacular in flower in May/June, with companion plantings of Cistus, Hebe, Carpenteria, Grevillea, Melaleuca and many more summer flowering plants.

Gardens through the seasons

During the spring and early summer, the gardens are awash with breathtaking sweeps of Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. One particular planting of over a hundred Rhododendron ‘Lady Alice Fitzwilliam’ a very tender cross (R.ciliatum x R.edgeworthii), in flower is a treat for the eye and a joy to the nasal sense with its wonderful fragrant blooms. In late summer a three-quarter mile walk of over ninety different varieties of Hydrangeas is in full flower. As one enters the woodland garden there is a walk with over fifty varieties of Pieris, whose growth habits range from twenty inches to twenty feet, with new foliage emerging in many shades from salmon-pink to fire-red. A Mahonia walk with over thirty cultivars cheers up the winter months with their scented yellow flowers and just recently we procured the red-flowering variety, Mahonia gracilipes.

Tours

Thursday Tours

Experience Mount Congreve’s gardens through the eyes of an expert. Every Thursday at 2:00 pm (weather permitting) join us for a scheduled guided tour of the gardens. Meet in front of the Stables Café and you will be joined by one of our Expert Gardeners. Follow their passion for gardening as they share first-hand secrets and world-class, innovative techniques that have been passed down through generations. Learn how the walled gardens were laid out to create a natural airflow to protect against frost and disease, how the rotation of crops for the best care of the soil has been passed down since 1760, how integrated pest control systems enable plants to thrive organically! Discover the secrets of Mount Congreve's world-class garden on this rare opportunity to learn from one of its resident experts.

DURATION: Approx. 2 hours
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: €14 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: Max 30
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Guided tour with the Garden Curator - Curators Edible Woodland Tour

A must for nature & garden enthusiasts, this tour offers a rare opportunity to explore the 70-acre, Mount Congreve formal & woodland gardens with the estate's resident curator, Michael White. Known here as“a living encyclopedia of the garden". Michael's passion for the gardens & lively personality brings visitors right into the heart of the stories & origins of rare species & plants that are both native to Ireland & present in these gardens due to the worldwide travels of Mr Ambrose Congreve. As visitors move through the gardens with Michael, they will also learn innovative techniques & methods from this world-class gardener; along with some surprises about plants, trees & shrubs that have been used throughout history for dietary and medicinal purposes! TO BOOK email our Estate Team at admin@mountcongreve.com or telephone +353 (0)51 384 115

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VISIT INCLUDE
  • The Dinosaur Tree (Wollemia Tree): an incredibly rare plant, native to Australia
  • The story of the first woman to circumnavigate the world and the plants associated with her
  • Medicinal trees and shrubs and their particular place in history
  • Planting philosophy of Mr Congreve, who was the winner of 13 gold medals at the prestigious Chelsea flower show in the United Kingdom
DURATION: Approx. 2 hours
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: €25 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: 10-30
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General Guided Tours - Garden Highlight Walk (formal gardens)

Following a grand arrival past the sweeping, main entrance of Mount Congreve house, visitors enjoy a gentle stroll through Mount Congreve's formal gardens. This guided visit includes the Walled Gardens, where fruit and vegetables have been grown to support the estate over centuries. See the Peach House and the multiple, heritage variety apples including Beauty of Bath, Discovery and James Grieve. From there, visitors pass onto the Bellgate Lawn, surrounded by almost 200 Rose “Scarlet Abundance” and overlooked by ancient Oak trees. Following the terrace walk, past the rolling rose lawn, highlights include the delicately leafed Acer Tamukeyama and vibrant pink-green tinged Pseudowintera, “Marjorie Congreve” named after Mr Ambrose Congreve's wife. TO BOOK email our Estate Team at admin@mountcongreve.com or telephone +353 (0)51 384 115

DURATION: Approx. 1 hour
FITNESS LEVEL: Low - Moderate
PRICE: €14 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: 10-30
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Guided tour with Expert Gardener

In addition to a guided visit of Mount Congreve's 70-acre formal and woodland gardens, this tour offers visitors a rare opportunity to learn from one of the estate's resident gardening experts and gain a deeper insight into the workings and management required throughout diverse seasons. Learn first-hand secrets and world-class, innovative gardening techniques that have been shared over centuries. These include how the walled gardens have been laid out to create a natural airflow to protect against frost and disease, the rotation of crops for the best care of soil. The integrated pest control system that enables plants to thrive and survive organically. The centuries-old technique of self-irrigating conservatories, the methods that encourage the growth of grapes and peaches, even in Ireland's temperate climate! TO BOOK email our Estate Team at admin@mountcongreve.com or telephone +353 (0)51 384 115

DURATION: Approx. 2 hours
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: €20 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: 10-30
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General Guided Tours- Garden Walk-Hike (formal and woodland gardens)

Following a visit of the formal gardens as outlined above, visitors enjoy an extended walk-hike through the rougher terrain that winds through the stunning surroundings of Mount Congreve's woodland gardens. Highlights of this visit include the Rock Waterfall, surrounded by a magnificent 1km long Magnolia walk and even longer Hydrangea walk; the Ice House, built in the 1750s to preserve the estate's food; the unexpected presence of a Chinese Pagoda, nestled within an impressive 17 metre drop; and the Temple (finally resting place of Mr Ambrose Congreve and his wife Marjorie Congreve), overlooking the River Suir. TO BOOK email our Estate Team at admin@mountcongreve.com or telephone +353 (0)51 384 115

DURATION: Approx. 2 hours
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: €14 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: 10-30
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General Guided Tours - Worldwide walking tour (formal & woodland gardens)

Following an impressive arrival at the main entrance of the Mount Congreve estate, this visit includes both the formal and woodland gardens. Throughout a two-hour exploration, an expert gardener guides emphasise plants from around the world; including rare species from the foothills of Nepal, to the mountains of South Africa and from the Swamps of Georgia U.S.A, all the way to Siberia. TO BOOK email our Estate Team at admin@mountcongreve.com or telephone +353 (0)51 384 115

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VISIT INCLUDE
  • Japanese Azeleas
  • Majestic Californian Redwood
  • Spiky (but beautiful) fragrant Mahonia, from Eastern Asia
  • Twisted trunk of the Mediterranean Castanea
  • "Handkerchief" tree from China
  • "Dinosaur" tree from Australia o Wollemia Nobolis: thought be extinct, until rediscovered in 1994. This tree was gifted to Mr Ambrose by the Mount Congreve resident gardeners to mark his 100th birthday
DURATION: Approx. 2 hours
FITNESS LEVEL: Moderate
PRICE: €16 per person
MIN/MAX NUMBERS: 10-30
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Trails

Woodland Garden Walk - 55 mins

Woodland Garden Walk - 55 mins

Stretch your legs, fill your lungs with fresh air and let the kids run free as you meander through woodland paths lined with spectacular collections of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

Duration: 55 min
♿ Fragrant Walk - 20 mins

♿ Fragrant Walk - 20 mins

Accessible to all our visitors, enjoy year-round, ever-changing fragrances as you journey through varied plant collections and glimpse the woodland garden to the west and the walled garden to the east.

Duration: 20 min
Walled Garden Walk - 30 mins

Walled Garden Walk - 30 mins

Discover how herbs, vegetables and fruit trees are grown on an easy stroll through the kitchen garden; enjoy expanses of soothing green lawn and flowering trees around the pleasure garden.

Duration: 30 MIN
Woodland Garden Walk - 55 mins

Woodland Garden Walk - 55 mins

Stretch your legs, fill your lungs with fresh air and let the kids run free as you meander through woodland paths lined with spectacular collections of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons.

Duration: 55 min
♿ Fragrant Walk - 20 mins

♿ Fragrant Walk - 20 mins

Accessible to all our visitors, enjoy year-round, ever-changing fragrances as you journey through varied plant collections and glimpse the woodland garden to the west and the walled garden to the east.

Duration: 20 min
Walled Garden Walk - 30 mins

Walled Garden Walk - 30 mins

Discover how herbs, vegetables and fruit trees are grown on an easy stroll through the kitchen garden; enjoy expanses of soothing green lawn and flowering trees around the pleasure garden.

Duration: 30 MIN
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