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Listoke Gardens


6 acre Edwardian garden with walled garden, herbaceous borders and woodland walks.

Ballymakenny Road
Co Louth
Tel: +353 41 983 2265

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Listoke Gardens

Opening Months: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Opening Days:
Opening Hours: Open Mar-Oct. evenings & weekends otherwise by appointment.
Admission Charge: €6
  • Appointment Only
  • Admission Charge

Listoke is that happy combination of a mature but still evolving garden covering 6 acres. Twenty five years ago landscape gardener Patricia Barrow decided that she would put the Edwardian garden back to its original state and, as she says, it’s not a smart garden but a very loved one.

At its heart is an acre and a half walled garden with a traditional grass tennis court overlooked by a garden room half hidden behind clouds of Japanese anemone blooms in late summer, and with mixed borders around its walls. Past a restored greenhouse and under overarching clouds of white roses is a new arboretum with paths mown in the grass.

This is the setting for interesting trees like the Montezuma pine, and a snake bark maple sheltered by a leylandii hedge clipped every six weeks into neat submission, and fronted by a border of grasses, their cloudy shapes complementing the shape of the trees.

The golden rain of a laburnum walk has its flowering season prolonged by the cool blue flowers of Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ and is underplanted with G ‘Johnston’s Blue’ and daffodils. As any gardener will tell you there is nothing like a new bed, and Mrs Barrow has two deep curved borders with interesting herbaceous plants and bulbs, with apricot as the main accent colour in summer and blue and yellow in spring. There is galtonia, a black hollyhock, canna lilies, Knautia macedonica, low growing alstroemeria, shaggy Shasta daisies, the Shoo Fly plant, eremurus, and other lilies.

Elsewhere a curvaceous shrubbery path leads to a new wild garden, a traditional kitchen garden, and to a propagation area where excellent plants propagated from seed and from the garden are for sale. And the estate still has its woodland walks, through beech woods carpeted with bluebells and anemones.

Best time of year to visit: May, June

Gardens Strengths

Herbaceous borders

Groups & Tours

  • Groups Accepted
  • Groups Need Appointments
  • Accept Only Groups
  • Guided Tours

Tour Days:

Tour Times

By prior appointment



Smmer concerts - classical, jazz

Other Facilities

Refreshments by prior arrangement


Edwardian Garden, Woodland Walks

Listoke Gardens - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
Listoke Gardens - Drogheda County Louth Ireland
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Two miles from Drogheda on the Ballymakenny Road, the house is on the right.

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