Margaret Gormley at Altamont Gardens

  • Date: 30 Jul 2024
  • Time: 11:00 am
  • A Feast for the Senses – OPW Gardens Countrywide

    Margaret Gormley takes us on a tour of some of the OPW’s key gardening properties in her captivating talk, “A Feast for the Senses – OPW Gardens Countrywide.” As the Parks Superintendent of the Phoenix Park, Margaret has a great understanding of the beauty and significance of these public spaces. Her expertise and passion shine through as she explores the diverse gardens managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW).

    Beginning with the historic Phoenix Park, Margaret highlights its role as a green lung for Dublin, showcasing its Victorian flower beds and stunning vistas. Moving beyond the capital, Margaret sheds light on the walled gardens of the historic Doneraile Estate in County Cork, the picturesque gardens of Emo Court in County Laois and the serene beauty of Ilnacullin on Garinish Island in County Cork, with each garden offering a unique sensory experience.

    Closer to home Margaret explores Kilkenny Castle, where immaculate lawns and vibrant flower borders reflect the grandeur of the medieval stronghold, and of course the magnificent gardens at Altamont, known for its beautiful blend of formal and informal gardens, riverside walks, and arboretum.

    Mark the diary and join Margaret Gormley for an inspiring and informative tour that celebrates the rich horticultural heritage of Ireland’s OPW gardens.


Date: 30 July 2024

Start Date: 30 July 2024

Start Time: 11:00 am

End Date: 30 July 2024

End Time: 11:00 am

Time: 11:00 am

Admission: €10

Directions: R93 N882. From Dublin/Waterford exit the M9 at junction 5 for N80 Rosslare. Continue along the N80 through the village of Ballon and the N80/N81 junction. Turn left at the next cross road junction signed Altamont Gardens, From Carlow Town follow the N80 through Ballon and continue as above.

Type of event: The talk takes place in an indoor marquee on the grounds of Altamont Plant Sales with the opportunity to view Altamont Gardens and the Corona North Commemorative Border within the grounds of Altamont Plant Sales, either before or after the talk.

  • About Margaret Gormley, OPW

    Margaret Gormley is Parks Superintendent for the Phoenix Park with the Office of Public Works (OPW). With over three decades of experience, Margaret has dedicated her career to the preservation and enhancement of Ireland’s public gardens and parks. She holds a degree in Horticultural Science from University College Dublin and has pursued further studies in landscape management and environmental conservation.

    Margaret’s expertise is not confined to the Phoenix Park alone; she has played a pivotal role in the management and development of several key OPW properties across Ireland. Her work is reflects a deep commitment to sustainable practices and a keen eye for design and plant selection.


  • Cafe Comforts

    You can enjoy refreshments at the Walled Garden Sugar and Spice Café with lovely coffee/tea, scones, cakes, salads and sandwiches with a takeaway option available.


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