We were travelling to Tipperary for the weekend, just for a change of scene more than anything. Wanting to make the most of the time and break the journey for the children, we decided to visit Mount Congreve Gardens in Waterford en route.
Should you wish to go to Mount Congreve tickets must be pre-booked online prior to visiting.
Mount Congreve Gardens are simply beautiful. You are provided with a map upon arrival and can while away the afternoon on meandering pathways accompanied by the various scents perfuming the air.
The small girl loved having a map to follow and quite happily insisted on leading us around. They had great fun wandering through trees and bounding up & down the abundance of steps throughout the gardens.
The original gardens at Mount Congreve had comprised of a simple terraced garden with woodland of ilexes and sweet chestnuts on the slopes falling down to the river. Ambrose Congreve began planting parts of these in his late teens but it was not until 1955 that he began to make large clearings in the woodlands to create the necessary conditions where his new plants would thrive. With the arrival of Mr. Herman Dool in the early sixties, the two men began the process that would lead to Mount Congreve’s recognition as one of the ‘Great Gardens of the World’. Up to the very last years of his life, Mr Congreve could be found in the gardens dispensing orders and advice relating to his beloved plants.
Ambrose Congreve’s achievements were acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth, who awarded him a CBE, and by Trinity College Dublin, which granted him an honorary doctorate. Up to the very last years of his life, Mr Congreve could be found in the gardens dispensing orders and advice relating to his beloved plants. He afforded his longevity to having a garden to care for.
The Gardens had been open to gardening enthusiasts each Thursday of the summer months for many years. In April 2011 Mr. Congreve was in London en route to the Chelsea Flower Show, aged 104, when he died. His ashes were returned to Mount Congreve and placed in the temple overlooking his gardens and the River Suir below.
Mount Congreve covers 70 acres and it is a joy to spend time here. Their café is open for teas and coffees etc., though, in line with our new normal, there will is no indoor seating & no table service. There are sanitisation stations in place and observing social distancing is very easy to do here.
Situated in Kilmeaden, it is only 10 minutes outside Waterford City. It is very easy to get to from Wexford with the fancy new road we have!! That would also be the largest bridge in Ireland, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge. For more details visit MountCongreve.com
Disclaimer: I was not asked to feature Mount Congreve Gardens and I booked and paid for our visit myself.