Pictured kicking off the Wicklow Gardens Festival 2010 is model Rachel Lally, photographed in Killruddery Gardens.

Issued 19th April 2010

29 beautiful Wicklow Gardens throw open their gates to the public from April – September
Wicklow lives up to its title as the ‘Garden County’ as the Wicklow Gardens Festival returns for its 21st year. The event is a spectacular showcase of the finest lawns, woodlands, valleys, flora and fauna that Co. Wicklow has to offer.

Twenty-nine beautiful Wicklow gardens throw open their gates to the public this year for the 21st Wicklow Gardens Festival from now until 30th September, showcasing some of the finest gardens in the county, from vast country estates to small cottage gardens.

Each garden has its own unique style and design, including Robinsonian, walled, formal, Victorian and modern, to name but a few. Participating gardens are scattered throughout Wicklow and neighbouring counties including Dublin, Carlow and Wexford.

This year’s gardens include Festina Lente, Shekina Sculpture Garden, Powerscourt Gardens, Mount Usher, Villa Mimosa, Knockmore Garden and the festival’s newest garden, Rosemount in Enniskerry.

The press launch will take place on Tuesday, 25th May in the beautiful surroundings of Avondale House & Gardens. This year’s special guest is Peter Wyse-Jackson, Director of the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin.

As part of this year’s activities, special open days will be held in the festival months, each one highlighting different aspects of the gardens. The open days will take place on 24th & 25th April, 29th & 30th May, 26th & 27th June, 21st & 22nd July, 25th & 26th September.

Chairman of Wicklow County Tourism, Tom Fortune, said, “This year’s gardens are truly breathtaking, with a wide selection of styles to suit all tastes. Wicklow is an ideal destination for people of all ages seeking a unique holiday experience in breathtaking surroundings, and the Wicklow Gardens Festival is an ideal event for all gardening enthusiasts”

He added, “Visitors to the gardens will have the opportunity to explore some world-famous gardens as well as the best of Wicklow’s hidden gems. Wicklow County Tourism is delighted to launch this year’s Festival, which will run right across the summer.”

Details on each participating garden can be found on the Wicklow County Tourism website by logging onto Wicklow Gardens Festival brochures are available free of charge from participating gardens or by emailing

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