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41/42 Gardens of Ireland

April 1, 2008

Episode Guide – Podcast #41 & #42 Gardens of Ireland

Spring is on its way, and we’re heading to the Gardens of Ireland. And we take a tour of Knockpatrick Gardens in County Limerick and answer some listener mail. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON below to listen.



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PART 1 Show Notes

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00:00 Intro – Gardens

00:50 Saint Patrick’s Day and Hometown Tales – Details about their Elves, Gnomes, Fairies and Other Little Things episodes can be found on our March 19, 2008 blog post.

01:20 New subscribers: Rachel in Iowa, Sunny in Tuscan, Macy in Minneapolis, Spencer in Florida, Eileen in New Hampshire, Nancy in Illinois, Tom in Krakow Poland, Carrie in Virginia and Theresa in Hales Corners WI – Sign up for our e-newsletter

01:44 Bill Sweeney, Episode #32 Dual Citizen & his trip to Ireland

02:40 Question “When referring to the language, is it Irish or is it Gaelic?”

03:30 Garden-lovers delight with public and private gardens that can be found on grand estates, in forests and within in-town courtyards

04:12 Knockpatrick Gardens, Co Limerick, [read our blog about this destination] which was mentioned in Episode #20 Shannon Estuary

05:02 Foynes Flying Boat Museum [read our blog about this destination]

05:58 Limerick Garden Trail

06:09 Carlow Garden Trail: Altamount Gardens, Duckets Grove & Huntington Castle Gardens

07:00 The cellar of Huntington Castle and the Fellowship of Isis

07:42 Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal – be sure to hike to the top of the hill if you’re able

08:17 Birr Castle and Demesne, Co. Offaly – a horse-drawn carriage is the best way to see the entire demense…and be sure to check out the 19th century telescope

09:00 Heywood Gardens, Ballinakill, Co. Laois [read our blog about this destination]

09:20 Celtic Plantarum in Dundrum, Co. Tipperary

09:36 Woodstock Garden, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny – Circle of Friends and other films have been filmed in this town and it has a great Monkey Puzzle Tree Avenue

10:36 Eerie Giant Redwood photo, have a look for yourself.

12:02 Hundreds of Gardens – Mount Usher, Co. Wicklow [read our blog about this site], the Garden County; Powerscourt, Co Wicklow; Japanese & Saint Fiachri’s Garden and National Stud, Co. Kildare [read our blog about this site]; Annes Grove Gardens, Co. Cork; Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway

12:45 Portumna Castle Kitchen Garden, Co. Galway; Knappogue Walled Garden, Co. Clare; Belvedere House, Co. Westmeath; Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford; a Map of our favorite gardens

13:15 Tip: use an internet search engine and enter a county and the word “garden” or contact a regional tourist office for a list of gardens in the areas you’ll be visiting

13:35 Our TravelBlog

13:53 Amanda Ginn – Fermanagh – Florence Court grounds and walled garden

14:33 Song Tipperary Waltz by Patrick Bergen

PART 2 Show Notes

00:00 Intro – Just Corey Today because Liam is out of town.

00:30 Our Favorite Gardens in Ireland

00:50 Thanks to Michele Erdvig from, Bit Devine from and Pat Preston from for contributing to our list of gardens

01:26 Listener Mail

01:33 Johnny Daly from Dublin

02:30 Other Folk Parks and Museums include: Bunrattty Castle and Folk Park (mentioned in Episode #2), Ulster-American Folk Park (mentioned in Episode #13), Doagh Famine Village (mentioned in Episode #10) AND Ag Museum Johnston.

03:25 De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage

04:26 Athlone Castle Museum, located in the keep at Athlone Castle.

04:43 Lea Anne from Washington DC writes in about her honeymoon

05:44 Ask yourself, do you want pampering, castle stays, nightlife, hiking, ocean views, mountain views, a mix of all of the above. Elements of each of this can be found in every corner of Ireland.

07:43 Contact us or click the Contribute button on our website for details on how you can “add some turf to the fireside.”

08:05 Knockpatrick Gardens with Tim and Helen O’Brien.

08:24 Foynes is located on the Shannon Estuary, near Adare and Limerick along the coastal route to Kerry/Dingle.

09:10 Tour

09:26 Former Cowpath

11:52 Hydrangeas

13:39 Reject Row

14:37 Sycamore Maple

15:51 Great Contrast

16:11 Old Growth, New Growth

16:53 Astilbe

18:39 Valencia Island

19:39 Favorite Derrynane House (Home of Daniel , Doreen (Kenmare), Mount Stewart, the Limerick Garden Trail

22:40 Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Glin Castle Hotel and Restaurant and Gardens (Bob Duff), Drive along the Shannon estuary (featured in Episode #20), Shannon Ferry (lighthouse & dolphins), the Burren.

26:35 Song Wissahickan Drive performed by Theresa Larkin and Noel McQuaid.

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