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Blooming: Felicity Shine (8) from Rathgar, Dublin, with head gardener of Powerscourt Estate & Gardens Alex Slazenger. Photo: Andres Poveda

Blooming: Felicity Shine (8) from Rathgar, Dublin, with head gardener of Powerscourt Estate & Gardens Alex Slazenger. Photo: Andres Poveda

Blooming: Felicity Shine (8) from Rathgar, Dublin, with head gardener of Powerscourt Estate & Gardens Alex Slazenger. Photo: Andres Poveda

Pop-up gardens will appear dotted across Dublin city centre this week to showcase beautiful stately gardens available to visit along Ireland's Ancient East.

The busy pedestrianised Barnardo's Square in Temple Bar will be transformed into the Japanese Gardens at The Irish National Stud; Molly Malone will host a display of the flowers and plants representing Huntington Castle and Gardens, Co Carlow, and Heuston Station will be turned into the apple orchards of Emo Court House, Co Laois. Georgian Dublin will come alive on Merrion Square at fashion house Louise Kennedy, as a living embodiment of the Italian Gardens at Powerscourt Estate.

The initiative is planned by Fáilte Ireland to highlight the natural beauty and carefully cared for gardens along the Ancient East, just a short drive from the capital.

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