Woodland Gardens

THE GARDENS

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.

Woodland Garden
Woodland Garden

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.

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As the Rhododendron season ends seventy-five varieties of Astilbe are flowering, which range from six inches to six feet in a wide combination of colours. In July, an assortment of roses is on show in several areas of the woodland garden, along with many types of Eucryphia. With the arrival of August the late flowering Rhododendrons, such as R. auriculatum, R. decorum subsp. diaprepes, R. hemsleyanum, and R. ‘Polar Bear’ reveal their large trusses of white flowers. The many shades of autumn are revealed through shrubs such as Euonymus, Enkianthus, Acer, Azaleas, Cercidiphyllum and many more. One particular favourite is Disanthus cercidifolius, a member of the witch hazel family, which turns the most brilliant claret red and almost translucent as the sun shines on it.

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As the Rhododendron season ends seventy-five varieties of Astilbe are flowering, which range from six inches to six feet in a wide combination of colours. In July, an assortment of roses is on show in several areas of the woodland garden, along with many types of Eucryphia. With the arrival of August the late flowering Rhododendrons, such as R. auriculatum, R. decorum subsp. diaprepes, R. hemsleyanum, and R. ‘Polar Bear’ reveal their large trusses of white flowers. The many shades of autumn are revealed through shrubs such as Euonymus, Enkianthus, Acer, Azaleas, Cercidiphyllum and many more. One particular favourite is Disanthus cercidifolius, a member of the witch hazel family, which turns the most brilliant claret red and almost translucent as the sun shines on it.

bamboo garden

A bamboo garden with over thirty different varieties of bamboo was planted, showing the contrasting stems of the yellow and black stemmed bamboos off to great effect. Along with this another new area has been planted near the lower rock, which is now home to the wonderful purple foliaged Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth Lockhart’ with its rose-pink bell-shaped flowers.

Woodland Garden - Bamboos

Woodland Garden - Bamboos

bamboo garden

A bamboo garden with over thirty different varieties of bamboo was planted, showing the contrasting stems of the yellow and black stemmed bamboos off to great effect. Along with this another new area has been planted near the lower rock, which is now home to the wonderful purple foliaged Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth Lockhart’ with its rose-pink bell-shaped flowers.

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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’.

Mount Congreve House - Magnolias

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’.

A wild flower meadow either side acts as a wonderful canvas when seen at their glorious best in March/April. And, as the native habitats of these magnificent trees comes more and more under threat, planting on the scale that was undertaken by Mr. Congreve and Mr. Herman Dool all those years ago will become increasingly more important, not just to those of us involved in horticulture but to all of humanity that appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world

Woodland Garden - Magnolias
Woodland Garden - Magnolias

A wild flower meadow either side acts as a wonderful canvas when seen at their glorious best in March/April. And, as the native habitats of these magnificent trees comes more and more under threat, planting on the scale that was undertaken by Mr. Congreve and Mr. Herman Dool all those years ago will become increasingly more important, not just to those of us involved in horticulture but to all of humanity that appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world

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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 under planted 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.

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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 under planted 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.

Woodland Garden - Bell Gate Lawn
Woodland Garden - Bell Gate Lawn

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.

Woodland Garden - Bluebell Walk

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.

Woodland Garden - Bluebell Walk

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.

Mount Congreve Gardens west lawn
Mount Congreve Gardens west lawn

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.

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gardens through the seasons

During the spring and early summer, the gardens are awash with breath taking sweeps of Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendron. 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.

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gardens through the seasons

During the spring and early summer, the gardens are awash with breath taking sweeps of Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendron. 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.

Mount Congreve Gardens pathway
Mount Congreve Gardens pathway

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.

“It would be hard to exaggerate the value to Waterford Tourism of the hugely extensive and varied Congreve gardens.”

~ Irish Arts Review

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