Tánaiste, Mary Coughlan will be in Leitrim on August 5 to officially open the new walled garden at Lough Rynn Castle Estate and Hotel.
Ciaran Reidy, General Manager, Lough Rynn Castle, is delighted with the wealth of employment and growth Lough Rynn has already brought to the area and sees the opening of the walled gardens as another huge attraction to the region. "A lot of hard work and dedication has been put into the development of the Estate and we are very proud of what has been achieved to date. The official launch of our walled gardens is another milestone in our continued development and will prove a huge attraction for the Leitrim region, but also as a haven of beauty and tranquillity for our local community," he said.
Designed and maintained by Frank Cantwell and his team, Lough Rynn's gardens are undoubtedly one of the most stunning gardens the North West has to offer and provide an enjoyable day out for nature lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike.
The gardens, which are the largest privately owned gardens in Ireland, echo the breath taking landscapes which surround them with nature trails and two lakes, all set in a 300 acre estate.
There are very few examples, if any, of walled gardens in Britain or Ireland to rival those at Lough Rynn. Constructed in the late 1850s they consist of three linked gardens on three different levels running North and South down to the shores of the lake.
The breathtaking beauty of the three tired walled gardens, overlooking the lough makes it truly one of Ireland's most picturesque backdrops.
With an array of flowers, shrubs, fruits trees (apples, pears and plums), herbs, fruits such as raspberries, blackcurrants, strawberries , blueberries, gooseberries. Figs, nectarines, peaches and grapevines can be found in abundance in the glasshouse. The produce is all used on a daily basis in Lough Rynn's Sandstone Restaurant - making the garden both a beautiful and functional additional to the castle.
Lough Rynn invites groups or individuals to their gardens and estate and is planning garden tours during the summer.