Killurney Paradise

by Ciaran Burke

“It is like a paradise” the Finnish lady gasped, still catching her breath. The beauty of the garden having left her breathless.

Killurney garden looks out over stunning views of the Comeragh mountains. In the 25 years that Mildred Stokes has been creating her garden paradise near Clonmel in Co. Tipperary, she claims to have made all the mistakes possible. If that is true, her garden is the loving evidence that one can indeed learn from mistakes.

Each plant is grown to perfection, placed with precision and combines with it’s neighbour to produce perfect combonations. Conifers, trees and shrubs provide the bones of the structure, ferns nd foliage the flesh and flowers are the couture, jewellery and perfume. The result is a natural beauty, impeccably dressed.

Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’ created quite a stir amongst our group, the starry white flowers hiding it’s foliage. Clematis montana ‘Broughton Star’ flowered profusely beside The pink Rosa ‘Bantry Bay’. Everywhere there was something else to admire, a stunning view, a clever plant grouping or a perfect bloom.

If the garden was not enough, we were treated to home baking, fresh scones with homemade raspberry jam and fresh cream, lemon drizzle cake cut into cubes and fruit cake. Some of the ladies asked for Mildred’s scone recipe, I wrote it down and will post it on the blog later. Killurney not only looked great but tasted great too.

Killurney Garden will be open for visitors on June 26th & 27th as part of the Tipperary Garden Festival. There will also be five other gardens open over that weekend, all entry fees will be donated to charity.

For information contact Mildred Stokes at 052 6133155 or

Photos below – from top:
Entrance to Killurney Garden; Hakenachloa macra ‘Aureola’; Erigeron karvinskianus grows on the steps by the front door; Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’ bracts close up; Cornus kousa ‘China Girl’; Clematis montana ‘Broughton Star’; Clematis with Rosa ‘Bantry Bay’; view through garden with structural plants; Mildred’s delicious scones.

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