The Healing Power of Gardening

“There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.” Minnie Aumonier A Blank Canvas I received the keys to my current home in September 2010. Sadly, the garden was very neglected, but it did provide me with a blank canvas.   Anxious to transform my little patch of good earth, […]

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Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden

I have been very blessed to visit Mrs Jessie Mahaffy’s Garden on a number of occasions. The garden is one of twenty one gardens featured in The Donegal Garden Trail. http://www.donegalgardentrail.com It is now lovingly tended by Belinda Mahaffy – Jessie’s daughter. The garden is described in this year’s brochure as: “First established in 1972 by Mrs Jessie Mahaffy, a […]

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Michael Classon’s Garden

Michael Classon’s garden “Summy” is located near the scenic village of Rosbeg, and is described in The Donegal Garden Trail as “established in 1979 in a valley on a rocky hillside surrounded by four acres of native hazel woodland with blackthorn, juniper, burnet rose, ash and oak. Native primrose, bluebells, orchids and varied ferns abound. Emphasis has been placed on […]

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The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle#2

In the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2008, I was incredibly blessed to work in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle. The gardens and castle are part of Glenveagh National Park, the second largest national park in Ireland. On both occasions I felt I was in horticultural heaven! Last September, I shared my experiences of a visit in The Gardens […]

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Cluain na dTor – Meadow of Shrubs

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 […]

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The Gardens of Glenveagh Castle

The Walled Garden with The Castle in the background In the spring of 2007 and the summer of 2008, I was very blessed to work in the gardens of Glenveagh Castle, set amidst Donegal’s Derryveagh Mountains.  The gardens and castle are part of Glenveagh National Park, the second largest national park in Ireland. There are many gardens within the garden – […]

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