Explore the Walled Garden and be enchanted by the most magnificent variety of plants on show.
The walled gardens are one of the oldest parts of the Gardens and feature fascinating plants along Ireland’s largest herbaceous border. The Walled Gardens were once known as ‘The Kitchen Garden’ as vegetable and fruit trees once grew here to keep the family kitchen well stocked. Today you will spot some tasty apples during the autumn.
The original selection of plants and shrubs along the herbaceous border were chosen by Lady Powerscourt, the wife of the 7th Viscount. Her husband Lord Powerscourt 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.”
Take a quiet moment and relax beside the small fountain in the centre of the garden. This fountain was collected by Lord Powerscourt in London and he considered a fountain of its quality “difficult to find” and thus a prized possession.
In the Walled Garden you will find ‘Julia’s Memorial’, a calm reflective pond built in honour of the 7th Viscountess by her son. Her husband Mervyn, the 7th Viscount also named the bust of a lady at the front of the house “Empress Julia”.
Don’t miss the 240 year old Bamberg Gate which came from the Cathedral at Bamberg in Germany. The 7th Viscount bought this from Mr. Pratt, a curiosity dealer in London. Admire its intricate ironwork and interesting perspective. From here, enjoy the vibrant colours and beautiful scents of the Rose Garden.