May, June, July, August, September, October
WED 2PM - 4PM FOR GARDEN VISIT. MON - FRI 10AM -4PM FOR PLANTS SALES.
€5 or €3 for groups
- Appointment Only
- Admission Charge
An oasis in the midst of a commercial hub, the fine old walled garden of 1731 Burton Hall has a new incarnation as a teaching garden and is part of the training and rehabilitation programme for Cluain Mhuire.
Best time of year to visit:
There are lots of enjoyable things for visitors to learn there too: how to revive an ancient bay hedge, how to run a square foot vegetable garden and effective ways to ward off pests with companion planting.
Replanted from 1995 with begged and stolen plants (guaranteed to grow), the garden has matured beautifully. Yew, bay and beech hedges delineate different areas within the garden: an arboretum, a parterre, a fruit garden, and a central walk bordered with lavender, penstemons and R‘Perle d’Or’.
The vegetable garden is planted with unusual crops like physalis, pumpkins, Chinese mustard, purple podded peas and Pak Choi. Around the walls are glorious herbaceous borders with interesting plant associations Chephalaria gigantea, eremerus with yellow thalictrum and Romneya coulteri, named after Romey and Coulter the two Irish men who discovered it.
Burton Hall is also a place where children can marvel at the tallest of trifid-like echiums, where strollers can sit on intriguing sculptured seats by James Carroll and see statuesque Puja chilensis,which grabbed the headlines as one of the first to flower in Ireland.
Tempting plants propagated from the garden can also be purchased.
July, August, September
HARDY EXOTICS, GRASSES, LATE SUMMER PERENNIALS.
Rare Plants worth mentioning
MANY RARE PLANTS INCLUDING WOLLEMI PINE & CHATHAM ISALND FORGET-ME-NOT
Groups & Tours
- Groups Accepted
- Groups Need Appointments
- Accept Only Groups
- Guided Tours
By appointment only
GROUPS BY APPOINTMENT OUTSIDE NORMAL VISITING HOURS (min. size 15)