Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The original Victorian layout was enhanced by Fielding Leckey Watson (and later by his daughter Corona North), following his purchase of Altamont in 1924. Corona travelled extensively in her search for plants, which continue to flourish throughout the gardens, including Cornus kousa ‘chinensis’ and Liriodendron tulipifera (Tulip Tree). When Corona North, who lovingly cared for the gardens for over 50 years died in 1999, the gardens were left to the State at her request. Ongoing restoration and maintenance continues under the careful stewardship of the Office of Public Works.
Altamont is a great experience at any time of year starting in spring with the wonderful snowdrop collection, one of the largest in Ireland and moving on to daffodils and other spring bulbs such as Fritillaria meleagris (Snake’s Head Fritillary) and Muscari armeniacum (Grape hyacinths). Rhododendrons, azaleas and later on the rose collection is in full bloom in midsummer, followed by contrasting autumnal colours and the beautiful silhouettes of the mighty trees in mid-winter.
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