Inspirational plant enthusiast’s garden in an enchanting and tranquil setting created by a passionate dairy farmer with an extraordinary vision.
History of the Garden
Noel Keenan was a dairy farmer with a big dream, a pioneering spirit and insatiable passion for horticulture. In the mid-1980s, he set about transforming four acres of grazing farmland into a creative garden alongside the River Nore near the picturesque village of Castletown. Today, Gash Gardens offers the visitor sweeping borders with an imaginative blend of vibrant and unusual planting, still ponds and meandering streams. Now gardened and managed by Noel’s daughter Mary Keenan, herself a well-known horticulturist and garden writer, with her husband Ross Doyle, Gash Gardens is a treat for garden lovers, keen photographers or individuals looking for a peaceful and enjoyable day, surrounded by beauty and nature.
Highlights of the Garden
- Interesting and unusual plants including specimens of the handkerchief tree, Davidia involucrata, paperbark maples, Acer griseum, a fine katsura tree, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, and a laburnum archway
- Colourful herbaceous and mixed borders with notable collections of hardy perennial geraniums, hydrangeas, polygonatums and a wide range of choice perennials
- Several water features including meandering streams, small pools and a gushing waterfall
- Riverside walk along the River Nore where nature abounds
- Well positioned seats that invite visitors to pause and absorb the views, sounds and pervasive scents in this haven of peace and tranquillity
- Sitting inside the Moon House watching the water cascade tumbling from above
- Plant nursery stocking an eclectic range of plants propagated from the gardens providing visitors with the opportunity to purchase a plant memento
Plan Your Visit
- Open May 1 – September 30.
- Monday to Saturday 11am-5pm.
- Closed Sunday except by prior arrangement.
- Groups welcome by advance booking.
- Admission : Adults €7.00. Children (5-15 years) €2.00. Children under 5 years - no charge.
- Visitor Facilities : Car and coach parking, Toilets, Plant sales.
- Picnics permitted.
- Dogs welcome on lead.