Established in 2005, this stunning garden has featured in the Irish Times, Irish Independent, RTE’s Nationwide and Dermot’s Secret Garden as well as French and German TV and BBC radio NI. It covers approximately 1 acre. It is not a show garden, rather a working kitchen garden, which is dedicated to teaching. It is, in the words of owner, Tanguy de Toulgoët, “not a display garden but a garden in progress”. Tanguy follows traditional gardening methods that have stood the test of time. He believes in the importance of value in biodiversity and sustainability. He holds gardening and natural beekeeping courses.
Tanguy encourages pollinators at Dunmore Country School, and therefore grows plenty of flowers for bees to feed on, such as Nepeta Six Hills Giant, Leonorus Cardiaca . Green manures phacelia, buckwheat, mustard clover and flower mixes are grown. Herbs are also grown including absinthe, angelica, various types of mint,hyssop, savory, etc. They are dried for cooking or used to make liqueurs.
How does the garden grow?
This garden overflows with fruit and vegetables. A range of vegetables are cultivated such as Japanese squash, courgettes, asparagus and cardoon as well as unusual produce like sweet potatoes, shiso. 22 varieties of tomatoes are grown and Tanguy grows 35 varieties of roses. A selection of berries fruit in the garden; tayberry, gooseberry, blackberry, blackcurrant and the unusual white blackcurrant are used to make jam for the kitchen. There are amazing features such as minarettes, cordons and bended trees.
Tanguy saves a lot of seeds. The no dig garden provides an abundance of top class fresh produce that are preserved in many ways. From strawberry aromatised cider vinegar to kimchi, from jam to pasteurised fruits in syrup, the pantry is well provided through the year.
Ribes Nigrum Alba, rumex montana, swiss mint.