The de Lacey Rose Garden Gallery is a heritage cottage where the hand of the artisan craftsman is very much in evidence; from the stone chimney to hand cut balcony of the mezzanine floor, which sheds a magical light reminiscent of an filigree lamp on winter evenings. The thick stone walls, high vaulted ceiling and bank of earth in which it sits help to keep the Gallery at an even temp all year, perfect for displaying works of art, silks and perfume.
Open during the summer months. Events to be posted online shortly.
Tel: 028 48164
The roses bloom from May to July. Some only bloom for a short period, but these are eagerly anticipated e.g. Paul's Himalayan Musk. Others are summer star performers repeat flowering throughout the season e.g. Madame Alfred Carriere with its blousy white blooms. A newly planted border of the Rose Garden includes French heritage roses recorded by the botanical illustrator Pierre Joseph Redoute (1798). The wild roses with their thorny stems, small leaves and flowers are planted in the exposed areas of the garden. Recent additions include the Irish cultivar 'Hibernica' and the Scottish Rosa pimpinellifolia 'Queen Mary' and 'Robbie Burns'.
With a Masters in Organic Horticulture Joan de Lacey is passionate about growing roses sustainably in tune with nature. Mono-culture of a single species is avoided and biodiversity is encouraged. Instead of a uniform field, the roses are grown in a country rose garden with mown paths divided by rose geraniums and wild flowers at the fringes. Butterflies and bees are encouraged with mixed hedges of roses, hebe, fuchsia and cherry trees.
(See Shirley Lanigan's book on the Open Gardens of Ireland P.221.)
There are few truly unspoilt ecological areas left in the World. Set high in the hills, the garden in which the Rose Garden Gallery is set is located on the Wild Atlantic Way close to Lough Hyne, Ireland’s 1st Marine Nature Reserve. This unique landscape and proximity to nature inspires our perfumery, art works and the designs of the de Lacey silk scarves.
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