Located near the Donaghmore Museum in Laois, Gortnalee Gardens is a garden designed and developed from a blank canvas to an interesting mix of Native Woodland and herbaceous planting with a fair mix of trees and shrubs. The garden covers 0.6 of an acre commenced in 2009 by the owner with a challenge from her late husband to create a garden with no lawns for him to mow! The result is an intriguing network of winding paths bringing the visitor to new delights at every turn. There are many places to sit and enjoy the garden, with water features lending atmosphere.
The Gardens features a number of Living Willow structures that add an unusual aspect to the gardens and the owner is happy to run demonstrations of this interesting craft on request.
With occasional Open Days in aid of Laois Hospice and special events during Laois Garden Festival, the gardens can also be visited from April to September during daylight hours – just call ahead to make sure we are home!