Strategically planned clumps of exotic trees and winding paths guide you round to unveil amazing architectural or lake vistas. This kind of garden was a rebellion toward the early 18th century symmetrical gardens that surrounded estates and this more natural form was made very popular by period superstar gardeners such as Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. What looks simple and long established sometimes took a lot of planning such as relocation of major trees and even diverting rivers for maximum effect on winding circuit walks and rides.
The deer park walks, with bridges, folies and seemingly undiscovered waterfalls are a stunning reminder of this type of ‘naturalistic’ garden. Walk along the tranquil park and hear the sounds of silence, laced with the chirpings of Cavan’s thriving birdlife, it feels unspoilt and unchanged for nearly 300 years and will leave you wondering how, this part of Ireland has remained such a well hidden and undiscovered secret for so long.
From its inception the Lodge was a botanical marvel created from Lord Headfort’s personal collection of plants and trees from around the globe. He was a major contributor to the Royal Horticultural Society with seedlings cultivated in Ireland and added to the Botanical Collection in Kew Gardens in London. The fourth Marquis became president of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland from 1915-45. In November 30th 1939 the crown awarded the Marquis of Headfort, the prestigious ‘Victoria Medal of Honour’ for his contributions, to horticulture.
The Lodge was built around the idea of self sufficiency, still a very current concept today. We hopefully will be able to achieve this once more. Our walled garden with the assistance of polytunnels will produce enough food to maintain the house and also supply our London restaurants with produce such as vegetables, soft fruits, herbs and spices.
In a future phase we will be introducing animals back to the Lodge, chickens, sheep, and pigs. What could be more Irish than producing your own ‘collar and cabbage’ in the same spot? In a later phase we will be reintroducing ‘deer’ into the park, which had a thriving population in the early part of the 20th century.
The kitchen gardens have been lovingly brought back to life by a team of Ireland’s finest gardeners and as one would suspect a lot of good, old fashioned graft, nature is very fair with all, there is no getting around the hard work on the land before reaping any rewards.
- Bit of a traffic jam in work today https://t.co/7IY7UFTEfR 15 March 2018 at 5:30 PM
- Our stream has turned into a lake! https://t.co/PXdXqEiR5V 5 January 2018 at 4:27 PM
- Getting in the spirit https://t.co/2m1tiM5vGM 20 December 2017 at 11:25 AM
- Jaysus is it still raining out there? https://t.co/yOJ9X2IQCV 22 November 2017 at 11:28 AM
- Chef off to a cooking demo today, couldn't have him turning up with 1 hand as long as the other https://t.co/RnLgJtgymI 20 November 2017 at 9:56 AM
- We should have a festival to mark the abundance of pumpkins https://t.co/JfyWAXVXlX 20 October 2017 at 2:01 PM
- With all this talk of humans staying safe, I would like to wish our trees all the best. Gave this one an extra spec… https://t.co/9nEPsK5BjS 16 October 2017 at 7:45 AM
- I reckon these salads look better left in the tunnel https://t.co/aicei3o3sf 12 October 2017 at 10:17 AM
- Laurel landscape cut for another year https://t.co/9RitcFmEHN 25 September 2017 at 6:07 PM