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Dublin Garden Tour At Barberstown Castle
Enjoy Picturesque Gardens in Dublin, just 30 minutes from Barberstown Castle.
Your first stop should be to enjoy both Malahide Castle and Talbot Botanic Gardens. Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic Castles in Ireland dating from 1185. This amazing Castle was owned by the Talbot Family for over 790 years until 1975.
Within the Malahide Castle Demense you will find the Talbot Botanic Gardens which contain almost 5,000 plant species. Emphasis has been placed on Southern Hemisphere plants, particularly Australasian and Chilean species. The gardens were largely created by Lord Milo Talbot between 1948 and 1973 and cover an area of 6.6ha of shrubbery.
Lovers of flowers should also visit the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin where the restored Turner Conservatory hosts the palm houses. In 1790, the Irish Parliament, granted funds to the Dublin Society (now the Royal Dublin Society), to establish a public botanic garden. In 1795, the Gardens were founded on lands at Glasnevin.
Other gardens of interest in the city are Marlay House and Demense. The 4.5 acre Walled Garden is near the main house and consists of restored regency ornamental and kitchen gardens. The ornamental garden boasts an extensive display of period plants, ranging from herbaceous borders to shrub beds. The Head Gardener's house, orangery, arbor and water features combine to create a distinctive atmosphere. Located just over the wall, the kitchen garden houses a fine collection of Regency fruit trees, vegetables and associated bothys.