Bay Garden

by Ciaran Burke

When walking around the woodland garden in Bay Garden, I had a moment of disorientation. I looked around and thought I was in the woodland garden of RHS gardens in Wisley. Ian Mac Donald says that the Wislay garden was his inspiration, and he has certainly achieved his goal. Broad sweeping grass paths lead you through woodland borders packed with interesting herbaceous perennials and choice shrubs.

Elsewhere in this county Wexford garden, you will find a cottage garden, formal rise garden, red borders, a formal pond area and a wonderful meandering path that loses itself amongs prairie style planting.

As we wandered and admired, Tom the cat, was close by. Ian and his wife Frances, who runs a garden tour company, answered all our questions about theplants and gardens. This was the last garden of the tour, but it is not over yet. Kilmurry nurseries next then shopping and lunch in Avoca.

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