Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gardens of Dublin

Compliment your next Dublin Vacation with a trip to one of Dublin's spectacular gardens. Whether you want stroll through the rose gardens, have a picnic lunch on a sweeping lawn, enjoy an afternoon concert or simply play with your children, there are many gardens in Dublin to choose from. Here are just a few:

National Botanic Gardens
National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Visit the National Botanic Gardens on the south bank of the Tolka. The National Botanic Gardens will sweep you away with such attractive features as an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden and burren area. As well as a large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, a student garden and an annual display of decorative plants including a rare example of Victorian carpet bedding. The National Botanic Garden Glasshouses include the beautifully restored curvilinear range, Great Palm House, Alpine House, Cactus House and Fern House. These gardens are well worth a visit!

St Stephens Green
St. Stephens Green, Dublin City Centre, County Dublin, Ireland
St. Stephen's Green, in Dublin is arguably one of Ireland's best known Victorian public parks, with tree lined walks, shrubberies, colorful flowerbeds, herbaceous borders, rockeries, an ornamental lake and a garden for the visually impaired. Whether playing with the kids, reading a book on the lawns, strolling or enjoying the lunchtime concerts in the summer months, St. Stephen's Green is sure to please!

Garden of Remembrance
Parnell Square East, Dublin, Ireland
The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, Ireland is dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom. The large sculpture by Oisin Kelly is based on the theme of the "Children of Lir". The garden is intended as a place of quiet remembrance and reflection.

St Anne’s Park & Rose Gardens
Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
Visit the largest enclosed Dublin City park, St. Anne's Park and Rose Gardens. In addition to extensive woodlands, water features and recreational facilities this 270 acre park has a number of features. From the small Naniken River to the Duck Pond, a number of follies, a walled garden and a grand avenue, all built by the Guinness family. St. Anne's Estate was the the former Dublin home of the Guinness family. St. Anne's Rose Gardens was of international importance.

War Memorial Gardens
South Circular Road , Islandbridge, Dublin, Ireland
The War Memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as a garden of simple dignity commemorating the 49,000 Irish Soldiers who died in the First World War. At either end are two pairs of Bookrooms in granite, which hold the names of those who died in World War 1.

Iveagh Gardens
Clonmel Street, Dublin, Ireland
The Iveagh Gardens are among the finest and least known of Dublin's park and gardens. They are located south of St. Stephens Green between Harcourt Street and Earlsfort Terrace, secluded from the city noise and bustle. They were designed by Ninian Niven in 1863 and include a rustic grotto, cascade, fountains, maze, rosarium, archery grounds, wilderness and woodlands.

Blessington St Basin
Blessington Street, Dublin, Ireland
Referred to as Dublin’s secret garden, the Blessington St. Basin is a short 10 min walk from O’Connell Street. The garden offers a quiet oasis of calm in the city, for both visitors and local wildlife. Surrounded by high stone walls and lined with plants and seating, the Blessington Street Basin is one of the most unusual parks in Dublin, as eighty percent of the park is water, with an aritificial island in the center to create a refuge for the ducks and swans that regard the basin as home.

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