The text review of this garden has been largely removed since it was posted. The text and captions that remain has not been altered from my original posting.
The Ballyhack ferry in Passage East about to return to the east side of the river. The journey is a short one but saves a long drive north to cross the River Barrow and into Kilkenny before returning south.
Last weekend, on my jaunt to the south of the county I headed to the western edge of Wexford, past the Ballyhack car ferry which connects Co. Wexford with Co. Waterford across the River Suir to Passage East and up the coast to Campile, on the way to New Ross, to visit Kilmokea Gardens.
The main house, built as a rectory, is now an up-market family-run hotel.
Kilmokea is a private garden around a country house hotel that is approached across a causeway on Great Island, Campile. To their credit, the gardens are well signposted. The gardens, in their present layout, appear to date from 1947 and the woodland garden, accessed through a gate and across a road, date from 1968. The guide leaflet doesn’t give much away but the garden is eclectic and fun to explore. The mild climate favours tender plants and there are some nice specimens of rare plants.
Looking towards the house from the Italian Loggia
I love this door handle
Sometimes shabby chic works in the garden as well as in the home. A moist, mild climate creates the sort of combination of moss and fern that makes stone, berberis and fuchsia not just nice but beautiful
Musa basjoo in a big clump. How cool is this?
You don’t have to look far to see really attractive areas
I liked this balm of Gilead (Cedronella canariensis) placed against the sage green of the tool shed
Asters – now Symphyotrichum novae-angliae – were looking showy in front of elderly apple trees
The spring garden is a maze of paths and the boardwalk and huge skunk cabbage leaves made exploring it quite exciting and reminded me of visits to Oregon
Fascicularias were everywhere, thriving in the dense shade in some places…
…or perched on an old tree stump
Bamboos, trachycarpus and ground cover give you a ‘tropical fix’ as you leave the main, formal garden
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