This wild garden is home to thousands of varieties of plants from all over the world, including many rare species. The enormous exotic and native trees create an isolation to the world outside by their mere size and canopy foliage. The garden is divided through the middle by the river Vartry which originates in the Wicklow Mountains, working its way to the Irish Sea, via Mount Usher Gardens, flows over several weirs adding a tranquil sound to this peaceful space. The river is spanned by several suspension bridges. Keep an eye out for the fleeting king fishers and the elusive Dipper diving to the river bed to feed….but you need to be alert!
Walks throughout the garden are along natural garden walkways such as the Azalea Walk, spectacular in the spring, the Maple Walk and the Riviera Walk. Lush shrubbery and flowering plants, streams, wet areas and ponds add wide wildlife habitats. There is a well organised “Tree Trail” to help you explore the garden, where you can, from the trail map, identify individual trees which are all numbered throughout the garden. Perfect, not only for the “big people”, but also for the “kids”.