In addition to a guided visit of Mount Congreves’ 100 kilometre 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, 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!
Mr. Dool, late Garden Director at Mount Congreve, developed the gardens over 40 years on Mr. Lionel’s principles. He received the Orange Order of Nassau from the Queen of Holland, the equivalent of a British Knighthood, for his achievements. He died in 2004. The Magnolia Walk was renamed The Herman Dool Walk in March 2019 in recognition of his remarkable contribution to the gardens.