Powerscourt Gardens

Following the arrival of a custom doghouse, Scruffy’s humans abandoned the pups and struck out on their own for the Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

The 47 acre Powerscourt Gardens were recently voted #3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic and they are truly magnificent. Unfortunately, with the sun as bright as it was, the iphone photos just don’t do it justice. Plus, we only scratched the surface and didn’t get to the waterfall. So, we’ll be back!

The Gardens offer a sublime blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues and ornamental lakes, secret hollows and rambling walks.

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The Italian Garden

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The Japanese Garden

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Meandering paths

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Tower Valley

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This is not a true turret. The stones were originally part of a church located on the grounds of the Powerscourt estate. While at his dining room table mulling over what to do with the stones, Lord Powerscourt decided to create a tower modeled after his pepper pot (that’s pepper shaker, for you yanks).

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A breathtaking view from the top of the pepper pot

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Greg air-arching. He shot an arrow into the air, it fell to the earth, he knew not where. (Longfellow)

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Viscount’s walk and American Garden, featuring American conifers planted from seed, some of which are remarkable for their rarity and size in Ireland.

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The Rhododendron Walk

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Approaching the estate house

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The reddish tree that looks like Cousin It on HGH is a purpurea pendula planted by Mrs. John F. Kennedy 2nd July 1967.

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Now on to the many lovely gift shops

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the canines sulk and ignore their new dog house.

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