The Emerald Isle

by Lesley Parness —

This summer, when the dog days of August are upon us, and you are looking out onto a parched landscape, think of Ireland and its forty shades of green. One of the most fertile places on Earth, Ireland’s mild climate and long growing season, coupled with its fertile soil and ample amounts of precipitation, create an ideal growing environment.

Some of the loveliest settings in Ireland revolve around its gardens and in May, 2013, The Friends will be following up their successful trip to Scotland with a fabulous trip to the Emerald Isle. We will visit public and private gardens of all manner. To give you a sample of the gardens we are considering including on the trip, here are some websites of estate gardens to peruse:

There will also be visits to private gardens, including one belonging to Helen Dillon.

And of course, to some of Ireland’s great public gardens:

At all of these we can count on receiving the Cead Mile Failte (100,000 welcomes) that Ireland is famous for, in a rich historic context, complimented by great food, shopping, and a variety of recreational opportunities.

Be looking for more information about the trip in the next issue of Arboretum Leaves!