Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds

Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds, Duckett’s Grove, Carlow

Duckett’s Grove, the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth-century home of the Duckett family, was formerly at the centre of a 20,000 acre estate that has dominated the Carlow landscape for over 300 years. Even in ruin, the surviving towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove form a romantic profile making it one of the most photogenic historic buildings in the country. The revival of two old walled gardens has been completed by Carlow County Council, the old paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilizing plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.

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