Travel to Tipperary & Dove Hill Centre
Depart from The Alex Hotel in Dublin by coach, with a comfort stop en route. Visit to Dove Hill Centre where there is free time for lunch.
Visit Killurney, the garden of Mildred Stokes, which was voted ‘Best in Ireland’ in the last All Ireland Garden Competition. With over 80 different types of roses, a Judas tree, a trickling stream and more, Mildred’s garden prides itself on being a kaleidoscope of colour provided by the wonderful selection of trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials and alpines plus a special collection of hostas.
Transfer to your hotel where we dine together as a group each evening.
Swiss Cottage, Cahir
Your full day excursion will begin in Cahir, with a guided tour of the famous Swiss Cottage, a fine example of ‘cottage ornée,’ or ornamental cottage. Once owned by Lord and Lady Cahir, it dates back to 1810. Free time for lunch at Cahir House Hotel.
Visit the scenic hilltop garden of Ballyhist for a tour of their unusual garden. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Knockmealdown Mountains, this garden features a young pergola walk, a sunken garden and water feature with a Japanese bridge. Refreshments before departure to Clonmel where there is free time to explore this lovely town.
Kilmacomma Garden & Private Garden visit
Visit to Pauline Hegarty’s private garden, Killmacomma, an award-winning garden that contains a wide variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. It also has a Japanese area and two water features. This is a small but delightful garden, beautifully maintained. Travel to Ballymacarbry for a visit to Mrs. N. Norris' private garden. Lunch arranged at a local restaurant (at own expense).
Private Garden & Dundrum Nursery
Afternoon excursion will be a visit to a private garden, where you can view a tapestry of spectacular planting, on a guided tour by the Head Gardener. Then on to Dundrum Nursery, a privately owned garden centre full of treasures.
Your first stop will be a visit to the ever-extending garden of one of Tipperary’s famous stud farms.
Fruitlawn Garden & Return to Dublin
Travel to Abbeyleix to the Fruitlawn Garden for lunch in the house before a tour of this beautiful garden, with its extensive collection of rare and unusual plants, by Arthur Shackleton.
Return to The Alex Hotel late afternoon.