Thursday, January 2, 2014

Iveagh Gardens, Ireland

Iveagh Gardens
Clonmel Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

The Iveagh Gardens are amoung the finest and least known of Dublin's parks and gardens. They were designed by Ninian Niven, in 1865, as an intermediate design between the 'French Formal' and the 'English Landscape' styles. They demonstrated the artisitc skills of the landscape architect of the mid 19th century and display a unique collection of landscape features which include Rustic Grotto's and Cascade, sunken formal panels of lawn with Fountain Center Peices, wilderness, Woodlands, Maze, Rosarium, Archery Grounds, Rockeries and Rooteries.

The conservation and restoration of the Gardens commenced in 1995 and to date most of the features have been restored, for example the Maze in Box hedging with a sundial as a center peice. The resotred Cascade and exotic tree ferns all help to create a sense of wonder in the ;Secret Garden'. The pre 1860s rose varieties add an extra dimension to the Victorian Rosarium.

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