Gardens open to help out Syrian appeal

Published 30/07/2013|05:24

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Three of Carlow's most unique and beautiful gardens will take part in Open Gardens this summer to raise funds for the Irish Red Cross's Syria Crisis Appeal.

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Delta Sensory Gardens, Kilgraney House and Huntington Castle will each dedicate a garden open day to this great cause.

Described as an 'oasis of peace and tranquility', Delta Sensory Gardens in Carlow town opened yesterday (Monday).

This garden is the first of its kind in Ireland, with a therapeutic focus to benefit people of all abilities. The garden contains amazing water features and a musical fountain, and as part of the Carlow Garden Festival, Helen Dillon will give two lectures throughout the day.

Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 31), visitors will be able to explore gardens which look down upon the very heart of the Barrow Valley at Kilgraney House, Bagenalstown. Consisting of a series of interconnecting herbal gardens, visitors are invited to wander through the large kitchen garden, the tea walk, medicinal herb courtyard, medieval monastic herb garden and the garden of aromatic and fragrant herbs. This is a must see garden for fans of planting edible, utilitarian and fragrant gardens.

Clonegal's Huntington Castle gardens will open on Thursday September 12, allowing visitors to marvel at the exquisite Italian gardens and world famous yew walk – estimated to be over 600 years old.

The gardens of this 17th century castle also feature 'Wilderness' woodland paths, an ornamental lake and brand new adventure playground.

Open Gardens offers a rare opportunity to explore the secrets of hidden and private gardens, some of which are not usually open to the public.

It also allows those with green fingers to enjoy the benefits of their hard work by opening their garden to the appreciative gardening public whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause.

If you would like to open your garden as part of the Irish Red Cross Open Gardens event, contact Laura on 01 642 4659 or lgallagher@redcross.ie or see www.redcross.ie. Anyone can open their garden, no matter what size or shape.

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