Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A tranquil place to visit.

Over on my other blog..which now has all the Kool Tatting stuff...I told you about Grandbaby's first birthday and his Birthday outing.

Lots of you wanted to know more about the garden.
While you can read all about the garden here I decided to share with you some more pictures of my visits there....last year in September for my 65th Birthday and this October for Grandbaby's first birthday.

The garden is a not-for-profit organisation and is a registered charity. Entry fees go purely to maintain the garden.

This is what the garden's founder says...
'Developing Brigit's Garden has been a wonderful process of seeing a dream come into reality. I hope many people will come here and enjoy the beauty of the place and the sense of closeness to nature. I feel that if we are going to sort out our relationship with the planet then we have to engage our hearts and spirits as well as our minds, and I hope Brigit's Garden will play its own small part in this process. We look forward to welcoming you to the garden.'
Jenny Beale

This is a map of the garden....

....let's take a closer look at the area at the bottom of the map...

These four gardens represent the Celtic festivals.
This is Samhain (pronounced Sow-en)The Winter Garden, probably my favourite.

If you click on the picture you should be able to read the sign.

The bronze figure is so tranquil.

Next comes Imbolc Spring Garden (pronounced Im-ulk).

The carved spiral represents the 3 faces of Brigit.

This leads on to a glade with basketwork swings.

Bealtaine Summer Garden (pronounced Belt-an-a) must look stunning inn the summer. The theme is of the mythical lovers Diarmuid and Grainne. We see their grassy bed surrounded by wildflowers in the summer.

A processional way leads between tall stones to a fire circle and a throne of bog oak and yew. It is a must to sit on the throne and claim your personal power and sit as King or Queen.

and the Bealtaine garden features Diarmuid and Grainne's bed, a grassy hollow facing the sun and surrounded by simple wildflowers. The lovers theme is carried through to the Flame Figures sculpture. A processional way between tall stones has copper flames set into the path and leads to a fire circle, backed by a throne in bog oak and yew. Here, the young adult can claim their personal power and sit as King or Queen in their own life.

Of course our little Prince was crowned King..

Finally there is Lughnasa Autumn Garden (pronounced Loo-na-sa).

This is laid out as a place for feasting and dancing.

That's just one area of the garden, the rest is very extensive with woodland walks etc.
The roundhouse in the center of the celtic gardens is where the Halloween storytelling will take place. It has windows looking out to each of the 4 gardens. It is used for art and music, meditation, meetings or just relaxing, and often for most interesting classes.

Here is the Crannog that you asked about...

No garden visit would be complete with out some plants!!

One little boy thought these were the best treat ever..

Lots more to see but you will have to go there yourself!!!


  1. The Gardens are lovely!! The tall stones leading to a throne of bog oak and yew is very interesting. How I would love to walk there and sit on the throne. I see Fionn was crowned king on the throne.
    The hut and the Crannog are so interesting. Katrina said it looks like a hobbit house. Thank you for the very detailed tour of the Gardens. Since I can't actually come and visit, your description and pictures were the next best thing. THank YOU!!!!!

  2. I really can't thank you enough, Pamela, for taking the time to put all this information on your blog! It's fascinating, and I am going to come back and spend a lot more time reading all the signs.
    I love the story about Brigit's cloak; and reading about the seasons reminded me at once of the Diana Gabaldon books, although those are set in Scotland. Another wonderful book is Edward Rutherford's "Dublin".
    I obviously am drawn to my Irish heritage! - great-great grandfather emigrated with so many others, in the 1850's or thereabouts.

  3. Hi Carol. Yup it does look like a hobbit house, it felt even more so inside.
    Hi Maureen, I am so glad you are enjoying the read, It did take a while to put the post together when I should have been doing other things!
    Whoo hoo! for your Irish heritage.

  4. If I ever make it to Ireland I will be sure to let you know so you can join me for a stroll in these incredible gardens! I was awestruck at the photos. Can't imagine how much more beautiful they are in person.

    You have a photo of one of my favorite flowers! the fuschia/purple hanging blooms. But I always forget their name. LOL!

  5. Hi IsDihara, If you make it to Ireland there will be so much to show you.
    the Fuschia is Fuschia magellenica ricartonii, a native of South America, runs wild here,named after Magellan....too much information.

  6. Many, many heartfelt thanks for so inspiring my day with the lovely garden. Speaks to my 'inner child' who is a 'fantasy' child.
    I, too, am a fan of Diana Gabaldon's books; so the 'standing stones' were intriguing!
    Of course, Donnacha thinks he and his cousins need to sit on the Throne!
    What a beautiful idea carried out; certainly and 'must see' if one was in the area. I like the Winter Garden also; that photo is splendid ~ the reflections ~ wonderful. Again, thank you. Love, Bev

  7. So glad you enjoyed it Bev, the winter garden is my favourite too.

  8. Aaaw! This is a beautiful garden with character! I love the map!

  9. Thanks for popping over Ces, Glad you enjoyed your visit to my blogs..I certainly enjoyed mine to you.


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