Mount Usher isn't simply one of Ireland's loveliest gardens (many regard it as the prettiest of all), the reputation of this Robinsonian jewel stretches far beyond these shores. BBC's Gardener's World Magazine voted it the best garden to visit in Ireland. It's one of only 3 top-rated Irish gardens in the UK's The Good Garden Guides and Monty Don nominated it one of his favourite gardens anywhere. Indeed it's one of the few Irish gardens ever to have had a whole programme devoted to it as part of the BBC's long-running series, Gardener's World.
You can read what visitors think about Mount Usher here on TripAdvisor. And you'll find opening hours and contact details here at Avoca, who has been running it since 2007.
With a pre-eminent plant collection to be explored along the curving banks of the River Vartry, across beautifully crafted suspension bridges and cascading weirs, in world class example of a Robinsonian unstructured garden, And all completely organically managed.
The Robinsonian Style
You won't find carpet bedding of annuals, clipped topiary or manicured lawns here at Mount Usher. From its conception back in the 1860s, Mount Usher has pursued a naturalistic approach to planting and landscaping, a style which is often referred to as Robinsonian after Irishman, William Robinson (1838 - 1935).
"This is an art Which does mend nature, change it rather: but The art itself is nature.
Robinson used this line from Shakespeare as a motto and as a guiding principle in his work. One of horticulture's great writers and innovators, he revolutionized the way we think about gardens. As a reaction against showy Victorian formality, instead Robinson advocated using permanent planting rather than bedding plants and believed in achieving an apparently informal garden experience by mixing native and exotic plants.
There's also a lovely Avoca Café or you can indulge in a little retail therapy in the shopping courtyard and the Greenhouse Garden Store. You'll find more detail and menus in here.
Gardens: reopen after Winter break on Feb 28th, 2014. Open daily from 10.30am to 5.20pm, 7 days a week. Café & shops open all year around.