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Garden Category: Republic of Ireland Gardens
Mount Usher was once a working mill. It was first a tuck mill and later a corn mill. The mill used the Killiskey river, a tributary of the River Vartry, to turn its wheel. Where the main house is today, there was a small cottage with less than an acre in front of it which was used to grow potatoes.
These lovely gardens, laid out along the banks of the Vartry River, represent the Robinsonian style, that of informality and natural design. Trees and shrubs introduced from many parts of the world are planted in harmony with woodland and shade loving plants. The Gardens cover 20 acres and contain approximately 5000 different species of plants and trees including many rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, eucryphia and shrubs. National Collections of Eucryphia and Nothofagus.
A magnificent vista opens on to a sea of spring-flowering bulbs spread throughout the meadows. The river with its weirs and waterfalls is enhanced by attractive suspension bridges from which spectacular and romantic views can be enjoyed. Water forms an essential part of the scenery with cascades and bridges visible from many sections. Read more …