Our outing will visit two gardens in the Blackwater valley.
We will meet at 11.00 a.m. at Tourin House where we will tour the garden and stay for a light lunch. This will be at a cost of €15 per person, which you can pay on the day.
Tourin, Co. Waterford is home to the Jameson sisters whose name is synonymous with Irish Whiskey. The house is situated 5 km from Cappoquin and Lismore and overlooks the River Blackwater. The Italianate style house dates to 1840 and features a fine double oak staircase. The garden extends to over 2 hectares and includes a walled garden. There is a good collection of camellias, rhododendrons and magnolias. Included in the rare and mature trees is a Champion London Plane Tree www.tourin-house.ie
After lunch we will continue on to Lismore Castle for 2.30 p.m. The admission charge here is €6.50 per person (a discounted price based on our group being 10 or more).
These gardens contain a fine collection of magnolias, herbaceous borders, camellias and rhododendrons. There is also a remarkable yew walk and a contemporary sculpture trail. Set on 7 acres the garden is divided into the Upper Garden which is a complete example of a 17th century walked garden. Constructed by the 1st Earl of Cork is dates to about 1605. The Lower Garden dates from the 19th century and was created by the 6th Duke of Devonshire. It has an informal collection of trees, shrubs and lawns.
Lismore Castle Arts Gallery is located in the west wing of the castle. There is also a cafe for light snacks and a plant sales area. www.lismorecastlearts.ie
In fairness to those preparing lunch please let Margaret know if you intend joining us on this outing by Wednesday 17th.