Woodstock Gardens re-open following clean up after storm damage
February 13, 2014 – 3:35 pm | Comments Off

Woodstock Gardens will re-open on Saturday the 22nd of March following the clean up after February’s storm.  Certain areas however will remain closed until further notice due to on-going safety issues.   Kilkenny County Council wishes to thank …

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We are the Champions!

We are the Champions!

Woodstock is well known for its collection of trees from all over the world and is home to many ‘champions’. Come and see one of  the longest Monkey Puzzle Avenues in Europe, our ‘Champion Coast redwood, the tallest Silver Fir in Ireland and our very rare and important Bentham Cypress.

One of the most outstanding features at Woodstock  is the Monkey Puzzle Walk (Araucaria araucana) which is set out on an almost north/south axis to the south of the house. Also at Woodstock is the Noble Fir Walk (Abies procera).  The walk which is over 1/4 of a mile in length is a very fine and important surviving feature from  this 19th Century garden.   It was the last great work to the ornamental planting in the grounds made by William F. Tighe, planted during the year of his death in 1878.

About The Gardens

Woodstock Gardens are located in the south east of Kilkenny just outside the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens, overlooking the River Nore Valley, offer the visitor a wide variety of attractions and are a most relaxing and beautiful environment in which to spend a day. The gardens have recently been restored by Kilkenny County Council and further features and planting are being added all the time.

The main development of Woodstock Gardens occurred in the Victorian Period with the works being overseen by Lady Louisa Tighe nee Lennox and head gardeners, Pierce Butler and later Charles McDonald. The gardens were restored to the period 1840 -1890 with every effort being made to use plants and materials typical of the era.

The gardens are home to a mix of formal and informal gardens with an arboretum, walled garden, terraced garden, yew walk and rose garden providing the main interest. Also of significance are two stunning avenues, the Monkey Puzzle Avenue and Noble Fir Avenue. Recently added are a rustic summer house, constructed from materials from the gardens and a fountain to replace the original which was sold from the gardens c.1930. The arboretum is home to many fine specimen trees from Asia and South America in particular. A number of these trees are recognised as champion trees due to their size.

The Winter Gardens The Winter Gardens

The Winter Garden was designed in the 1860′s by Scottish man, Charles McDonald, then head gardener at Woodstock.
The garden is made up of four sunken panels that once contained elaborately planted parterres. These were sited …

Woodstock House Woodstock House

Woodstock House was built in 1745-47 for Sir William Fownes by the architect Francis Bindon. It has a rusticated front façade and is unusual in being built around a small central court. The decorative emphasis …

The Aboretum / Pleasure Grounds The Aboretum / Pleasure Grounds

Also known as the Pleasure Grounds, the Arboretum at Woodstock was the focus of a considerable amount of exotic tree planting during the 19th Century. The area which is located on gently rising ground was …

Playground Playground

A playground was recently added to the gardens.  It is suitable for children under the age of 14.  Parents are asked to supervise their children at all times.  Please note due to the safety surfacing …

The Grotto and the Tiled House The Grotto and the Tiled House

The grotto and tiled house are located in the north western part of the garden, adjacent to the Walled Garden.
The tiled house is a T shaped, rubble stone building with a slate roof. …

The Walled Garden The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden is situated on rising ground in the Pleasure Grounds. The garden is 1.9 acres in extent, delimited by walls of stone and brick. The garden was built in the mid 18th Century …

The Flower Terraces The Flower Terraces

The terraced flower garden lies to the western side of the walled garden and was completed in the early 1850′s by Lady Louisa Tighe.
It comprises three long terraces, formerly devoted to annual bedding schemes. The …

The Monkey Puzzle Walk The Monkey Puzzle Walk

 The Monkey Puzzle walk is one of the most stunning features at Woodstock and takes you on a relaxing walk through the more wooded areas of the gardens.   Set out as an avenue, the Monkey Puzzle …

The Noble Fir Walk The Noble Fir Walk

The Noble Fir Walk (Abies Nobilis)
The Noble Fir Walk, was for years wrongly identified as The Silver Fir Walk. During tree surgery works, foliage was taken and identified as being that of the Noble Fir …

Fagus sylvatica’Heterophylla’(Cut Leaf Beech) Fagus sylvatica’Heterophylla’(Cut Leaf Beech)

Cut Leaf Beech
Scientific Name – Fagus sylvatica var heterophylla ‘Asplenifolia’
The European beech is a native tree of most of temperate Europe from Norway to the Mediterranean and south to northern Spain. In Mediterranean regions it …