Cluain na dTor is one of 22 gardens featured in the 2017 Donegal Garden Trail. It is described in The Trail’s brochure as “Donegal’s tropical garden, inspirational and boldly experimental!”
Seamus O’Donnell’s garden has been developed over a period of twenty years, and features many unusual plants collected from around the globe. The gardens include an excellent nursery, which hosts a variety of workshops and talks.
There are numerous artworks and sculptures dotted throughout the planting, creating an abundance of sensory delights.
I followed the signposts from the Nursery towards the Pond Garden.
It took me on a journey through a series of grassy paths, past trees and shrubs, grasses, Iris, Red Hot Pokers, Day Lilies, Angels Fishing Rods…
Finally reaching the pond, complete with Water Lilies.
A rustic bench allowed me to breathe in the beauty of this magical place.
The Water Lilies smiled up at me, as if to say ” Look at my beautiful blooms.”
You can meet Seamus O’Donnell and see more of his garden, in the video link https://vimeo.com/180008661
Brigid P. Gallagher
Memoir “Watching the Daisies- Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” available in both print and e book formats from Amazon and all good online book stores.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/r5GCjaetgZk