As you enter the main gates you sense that you are entering a very special place. A mile long avenue of 2,000 beech trees stretches out before me, their pale trunks reflecting the morning sunshine, the impressive house was built in the palladian style by the architect Richard Castle.
Powerscourt Gardens are recognized as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. As I enter them from the rear of the house I am confronted by a spectacular view, before me the magnificent Italian Terraced Gardens slope down to the lake with the impressive Sugarloaf Mountain in the back ground, creating the perfect setting.
The design of the gardens was first started in the 1731, the Italian Gardens were laid out in the 1840′s, taking 100 men 12 years to complete.
Powerscourt House & Gardens Video Slide Show.
Springtime in the Gardens.
Springtime is a wonderful time to visit. The gardens are a blaze of colour as Powerscourt celebrates its magnificent Tulip Festival (10th-24th April),
it is a wonderful sight to watch thousands of Tulips gently swaying in the breeze. Displays of Tulips are located throughout the gardens, from the Italian Gardens to the herbaceous borders in the Walled Garden and the flower beds adjacent to the green houses.
Powerscourt Tulip Festival.
Presently so much in bloom, my favourite place at the moment is the Japanese Gardens as everything there is coming into flower, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Cherry Blossoms have created a mosaic of spell binding vibrant colour, the Japanese Maples and the Weeping Willow are coming into leaf as the Magnolia slowly looses its delicate flowers.
The Japanese Gardens.
Elsewhere in the gardens, bringing colour to the secret corners Rhododrendrons, Bluebells and a late flowering Magnolia are all in flower. On the opposite side of the Walled garden facing the green houses is an extensive collection of Camellias that are sadly passed their peak but still worth seeing.
The Secret Corners.
When visiting the gardens give yourself a couple of hours to discover all that they have to offer, its a magical experience. The Italian Gardens, Tower Valley, The Japanese Gardens, The Walled Gardens and the Rhododendron Walk are full of rare and exotic plants.
The gardens are located just outside the village of Enniskerry in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, 19km/12miles south of Dublin City centre.
Powerscourt House & Gardens Web Site:
No, 44 from Dublin City centre to Enniskerry Village, No, 185 from Bray Dart Station to Enniskerry Village.
Bus routes and timetable: http://www.dublinbus.ie/