Richard Corrigan (chef from the tele), has his own slice of paradise in Virginia, County Cavan in the form of the Virginia Park Lodge (@VPLodge). Bought in 2013, Richard operates an exclusive wedding venue and small hotel and a smashing kitchen garden which supplies not only the Virginia Park Lodge but also his various restaurant enterprises in London. Under the stewardship of Sarah and Priscilla the gardens and a show-case of what can be achieved in under 2 years from a green-field site, and a very stony site at that.
It was part of an Educational trip, organised by the Irish chapter of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture that we were afforded such access to the grounds, gardens and to the staff of Virginia Park Lodge. Priscilla (@priscillaNi) and Sarah (@gooseberryfarm) took us on a very enjoyable 2 hours tour of the operation, including the more ornamental parts of the gardens.
For more on Virgina Park Lodge, including its historic relationship with the Royal Horticulture Society of Ireland visit their website Virginia Park Lodge
The gardens are a joy to behold, and a wonderful way to spend a few hours. The walk up the driveway with its avenue of Lime trees is spectacular in itself. Like all there venues/gardens/places the best way to really appreciate them is to visit!
Birds eye view of the Antrim Castle walled garden from 1926, very impressive! The Antrim Castle Gardens are now open to the public having been reworked with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund of Northern Ireland.
Some 1948 aerial pictures of the 700 year old Glin Castle in Limerick showing the grounds and gardens...and what do you know, its for sale...just a mere 6.5million Euro :-) Glin Castle for Sale
Area picture of the Shanes Castle Estate from 1952 showing the castle and to the top the walled garden area
A couple of the many kitchen gardens which can be seen in the Glenbank area of Bangor in 1929. This seems to be the Princetown Rd area of Bangor...but I'm open to ideas!
Aerial picture of the kitchen garden area of St Josephs Grammar in Dungannon, taken in 1949.
Now the multi award winning Country House under the wing of acclaimed chef Ian Orr of Browns Restaurants, but this was Ardtara Country House back in 1948, note the wonderful walled kitchen garden, tiered gardens, orangery and formal lawns...
Enclosed kitchen garden and gardens of Wellbrook, Cookstown. Taken in 1948. Wellbrook Beetling Mill is not under the ownership of the National Trust.
Aerial picture of the walled garden of Old Bleach Linen Company, located in Randlestown, Antrim. Taken in 1947.
Walled garden of Ballydrain House, taken in 1923. Ballydrain House is now home to the Malone Golf Club just outside Belfast.
Gardening on Radio Foyle
A summary of each weeks gardening on Mark Patterson Show and beyond