The Legacy of Powerscourt House & Gardens
Powerscourt House & Gardens in county Wicklow, Ireland stretches over 47 acres with over 300,000 visitors each year. It is managed by Head Gardener, Alex Slazenger and a team of 4 gardeners. Designed from 1731 onward, it is breathtakingly beautiful and famous for its many different styles of gardens; namely- the Italian Garden, the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. Other notable parts are the Pets Cemetery (a quiet resting place for the loved pets of the Wingfield and Slazenger families; believed to be the largest pets’ cemetery in any private Irish garden), the Pepperpot Tower and the enchanting statues sourced from lands far and wide. Some of the notable statues were the bronze group of children, the fighting and spitting men, Julia’s memorial and the dolphin pond.
With this blog post I hope to give you a quick glimpse of the beauty and grandiose of these well-maintained gardens. I hope you visit them at least once in your lifetime if not more.
The Italian Garden
Perfectly manicured symmetrical gardens with the lush abundance of nature. As you look at the vast expanse of the garden you soak the tranquil beauty of the sugar loaf mountains in the backdrop. It is mesmerizing and majestic. I love the terraces in the garden for their architectural splendor; designed in 1840’s by architect Daniel Robertson, it took 100 men to build it over 12 years. As you walk down you are greeted with blooming lotus flowers in the Triton Lake. The trees around the lake make this spot dreamy and peaceful.
The Walled Garden
The most fascinating part of the garden was its exterior walls lined with slender yet full trees hugging the wall tightly. Whoever said ‘trees need space to grow’ better visit this garden. It inspired me to read about planting and training trees really close to the wall (and I’m not talking about climbing rose trees). This part of the garden is perhaps the oldest part and was known as the ‘kitchen garden’ since the produce from it was used to keep the family kitchen stocked. The herbaceous borders are awe-inspiring. There is a water fountain in the center of the garden; quite exquisite and poetic all at once. Up ahead I walked through the most beautiful display and scent of roses and pelargoniums in the rose garden.
The Japanese Garden
This garden was my favourite. It was created on the reclaimed bogland south of Triton Lake over a 100 years ago. It looks stunning in Spring and then the Japanese Maples come to life and start glowing in autumn. I absolutely loved the stone lanterns; there was something endearing about them. I find the very philosophy of Japanese Gardens to be awe-inspiring. The winding paths bring you to the inner circle which is symbolic of discovering our inner selves while working outwards and upwards we gain a greater perspective of the world around us. Fascinating! The Pagoda transported me to Kyoto and reminded me of the vivid imagery I experienced while reading ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ by Arthur Golden. The Grotto made from the fossilized sphagnum moss, taken from the banks of the river Dargle is so mesmerizing. The sound of water making its way down the moss-covered walls is like a dream. The sights and sounds are so meditative that mere words or poetic liberties will never do justice to the calming effect this garden has on you.
The Pepperpot Tower
Yes, it’s ALL in the name 😊 It was modelled on a pepperpot in Lord Powerscourt’s dining room. I tell you, imagination is everything and there is inspiration all around us.
Gosh I could spend a week in Powerscourt and come back wanting more.
To unfold 800 years of history and legacy of Powerscourt House and Gardens visit their website: https://powerscourt.com/house/history/