GARDEN HEAVEN IN THE GARDEN OF IRELAND TEAMS UP WITH TULFARRIS HOTEL
Wicklow is often referred to as ‘The Garden of Ireland’ with its majestic mountains, valleys, and rugged beauty the county is home to countless ‘must visit’ places. The temperate climate allows a myriad variety of trees, plants, and shrubs to grow, and the county is famous for some of Ireland’s most stunning planted and natural gardens.
One of these ‘must visit’ gardens is June Blake’s Garden in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Spread over three acres, the gardens were once nothing more than a great big field but through inspired design and thoughtful planting are now truly breathtaking. The gardens wrap around June’s own Victorian farmhouse and granite- stone farm buildings and are famous for their annual tulip display. Paths weave their way through a sea of prairie-style planting, coloured borders, and the famous tulips which June painstakingly plants every year. In fact, some 7,000 tulip bulbs are planted annually, and they put on an almighty display come May when the gardens become a riot of colour. Completely organic, June’s garden is home to all kinds of wildlife, bees and insects and is a real joy to behold.
Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort also in Blessington has teamed up with June Blake’s Gardens in order to create a gardening package that any green fingered traveller would love. ‘The Gardener’s Get Away’ includes two luxurious nights at the stunning four-star Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort with dinner in the hotel restaurant, Fia Rua, bed and breakfast each morning, a guided tour of June’s garden and a gardening workshop with June Blake herself. The workshop will include top tips on propagation, what to plant and when and general tips on how to get the most from your own green patch.
“Gardening is real joy,” said June. “It’s wonderful to see those little green shoots peeping up over the soil and then watching the leaves unfurl to display their fabulous early summer costumes. May is tulip season for us here at the gardens and visitors on the Tulfarris Gardener’s Get Away will see first-hand the vibrant colours that these stunning flowers are so famous for. I’m looking forward to meeting gardeners of all levels and my workshop is suitable for experienced gardeners and novices alike.”
The package also includes a picnic which the talented chefs at Tulfarris will prepare for you to bring with you to enjoy while you take in the stunning beauty at the gardens. What could be more heavenly than enjoying an artisan picnic lunch in a verdant, leafy, and peaceful space? Guests who book directly via the Tulfarris Hotel website will also receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco when they book directly on the hotel’s own website. The Gardiner’s Get Away will run from Sunday, 15th of May until Tuesday the 17th of May and is priced from €244 per person sharing.
All of the bedrooms at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort have been newly renovated and the resort itself enjoys a stunning location, set on the shores of the famous Blessington Lakes. Nature lovers will enjoy the many walks around the resort and don’t be surprised if you see wild deer roaming about. In fact, the deer are so plentiful that the main hotel restaurant was called ‘Fia Rua’ (Red Deer).
Guests may also easily access the nearby, historic Russborough House, reputed to be the longest house in Ireland. Russborough is only a short drive away from the Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort and is certainly worth a visit. Designed by Richard Cassels, Russborough was built in 1755 and is a fine example of Palladian architecture. Outside, the walled garden, maze and extensive, mature parkland is a delight to explore with its ancient, native trees and plants. The 200-acre estate is also home to the National Bird of Prey Centre where owls, falcons and birds of prey from all over the world can be found.
To book the The Gardener’s Get Away package log on to www.tulfarrishotel.com or call (045) 867 600.